7 of the Best Co op Board Games

7 of the Best Co op Board Games

I wanted to share with you some of the best co op board games that I have played.

And I also added a bonus game that I want to play after hearing friends reviews of the game.

And for reference you can quickly read our definition of a co op game here.

Now onto the list!

1. Pandemic (My pick for best co op board game)

Game Difficulty - 2-4/5
Ages - 10+
Players - 2-4
Length - 60 min.

My Experience:
I have played this game with several different groups of friends and family. I have yet to have a group that didn't like it.

My friend John taught me this game when we worked together.

He showed me and 2 of my other coworkers. It was really fun because it became a team building exercise even though that wasn't the purpose of playing.

Half of the group didn't play many board games but we all still had fun saving the world together. And we won! (difficulty medium)

Another great memory of this game was when I challenged Drew (my younger brother) to a competitive Pandemic "tournament".

Basically all we did was take turns playing the game solo.

Whoever was playing would control all 4 characters. We chose roles and the order the roles went. But we set the game difficulty as high as it could go.

It was still hard to beat the game but it was probably the most fun I had playing.

But I am naturally a competitive player.

2. Pandemic the Cure (Dice Game)

Difficulty - 2/5
Ages - 8+
Players - 2-5
Length - 30 min.

My Experience: 
I have played this game (the dice version) less than the original version of Pandemic.  But I thought it was a pretty fun version.

I didn't like as much as the original but I think it's much easier and quicker for new players to learn.

The different roles feel very unique and their special actions seemed to make a lot of sense.

Our group beat the game easily the first time we played. I can't remember what difficulty we played on but it felt too easy.

I have read others playing the game and having trouble. So it is very possible our difficulty was too low or we just got really lucky with our dice roles.

Either way, this game is worth trying if you are into co op games.

3. Castle Panic (My pick for best co op board game for the family)

Difficulty - 3/5
Ages - 10+
Players - 1-6
Length - 60 min.

My Experience: 
I played this game at gencon one year with my mom and brother.

It was just the demo version at the time but I was hooked.

I love base defense type of games so this fit me well. Actually I like these types of games so much that I tried to make one myself.

But apart from the demo I have also played this game all the way through several times.

I played with 2 players for sure and I remember it being somewhat easy. But when we had more players (3 and 4) the game got a bit harder.

Castle Panic is really fun and another great game to build teamwork.

4. Dead Panic

Difficulty - 3.5/5
Ages - 13+
Players - 2-6
Length - 90 min.

My Experience: 
Dead Panic was a little bit harder to understand how to play. And it also can drag out to be a really long game where the last 1/3 of it feels like there is no hope.

But this is common for zombie type games. The snowball affect comes with the theme.

Most of the games were really fun though. Especially when you are able to keep the zombies out of your base.

The added complexity gives players more options to take on each of their turns.

**Note - This is a standalone game and you don't need to have Castle Panic to be able to play this game.

So you can pick which theme you like most (Trolls vs. Knights or Zombies vs. Humans) and start with that.

5. The Game

Difficulty - 1.5/5
Ages - 8+
Players - 1-5
Length - 20 min.

My Experience: 
This game is really fun with the right people.

If your group is good at agreeing on how to play a game with somewhat obscure rules, then you will probably like this game.

It is very simple and... well let me just tell you the rule.

In this game you play cards going from numbers 1-100 and down from 100-1.

The rule is "Players can't say concrete numbers".

This will make more sense when you play. But I had a group one time that kept saying objects around the room for hints. Such as "Candle holder."

And then they would look at the candle holder that had 5 candles on it. Half of us thought this was cheating and the other half didn't. So this made the game not as fun.

However, it was actually quite funny because it wasn't long before some of the hints that seemed obvious started to get misunderstood.

Anyways... I think The Game is really fun overall. It is very simple and quick to learn but hard to master.

I like playing it with my brother and mom. Because after we play a lot of games like this then we start picking up on subtle hints from each other in everyday life.

That is where the real fun is!

6. Forbidden Island

Difficulty - 2.5/5
Ages - 10+
Players - 2-4
Length - 30 min.

My Experience: 
I got this game for my birthday one year. My brother's girlfriend got it for me because she knew I liked Pandemic.

This game has a lot of the same feel that Pandemic does.

I felt it was a lot more simple and not as hard to win. But it was still a good challenge.

I like the theme a lot. Your team is on an island that is starting to flood. You must find the 4 sacred treasures and escape the forbidden island before the treasures are lost... forever.

Or before you die in the flood. Whichever comes first I suppose. Haha!

My quick review - Get this game if you want a lighter and quicker version of Pandemic.

7. Red November

Difficulty - 4/5
Ages - 13+
Players - 1-8
Length - 60-120 min.

My Experience: 
This was the most complicated of the co op board games I have played.

I love a good challenge though so it was really fun once I figured out how to play.

There is a cool aspect to this game that is not common in co op board games.

One player can win by escaping the submarine and having the Kraken eat the ship. This may not be EXACTLY how it worked but I remember it being an interesting concept.

It's been awhile since I played the game and the several times I played no one won individually. We either won or lost as a team.

So if your group loves a good challenge then this is one of the best co op board games for you.

Bonus Co op Board Game: Robinson Crusoe

Difficulty - 5/5
Ages - 14+
Players - 1-4
Length - 120 min.

My Experience: 
I have not actually played this game but I want to and here's why.

Several of my friends talk very highly of this game and say it is the most challenging co op board game.

It looks like it would be another good co op game for me to play solo.

This doesn't make a lot of sense I know (Playing a co op game by myself). But I enjoy the puzzle solving aspect of co op games so much that I don't mind playing them solo as well.

If you and your group are wanting a very tough challenge then I hear this is the game for you.

From what I can tell the theme is straight up survival in the wilderness.

So if you are someone that enjoys camping (or even the idea of it) then this might be the game for you.

**Note - There are 2 versions of this game. From what I hear both versions are the same game. However, the 2nd edition has a much clearer rule book than the 1st edition.

What's Your Pick for Best Co Op Board Game?

What is your favorite co op board game?

I am always looking for some new games to try so let me know in the comments below.

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