A pile of our favorite board games are on sale for Cyber Monday

The Cyber Monday board game deals are noticeably better than what we saw over Black Friday. Getting Codenames for $8 in particular is a no-brainer for anyone that enjoys word games. But we've also tracked down plenty of complex board games on sale that should appeal to hardcore gamers.

So as you're searching for Cyber Monday deals on things that plug into your PC, don't forget the value of unplugging for a while too. Leaving your desktop and playing a game on your dining room table is a great way to spend a few hours, especially if friends or family are visiting. And the board game business is booming like never before, meaning lots of exciting options to choose from.

Some of these Cyber Monday board game deals on Amazon are time-limited, expiring toward the end of day Eastern Time in the US, so keep that in mind as you're considering them.

Below we've picked a bunch of our favorite board games that are on sale for Cyber Monday. Whether you're looking for long strategy sessions, games you can finish in a quick 30 minutes, or something in between, all the games on our list are smartly designed with enough depth to play them again and again.

Not every board game we love is on sale for Cyber Monday (unfortunately). Some of our favorites haven't been marked down at all (looking at you, Betrayal Legacy), and others are discounted but not as much as we've seen in the past. The ones on our list below are genuinely good deals, though, and you're sure to find something you like.

We've noted how many players each game is intended for, and roughly how long it'll take to play them.

JUMP TO: Amazon's “Cyber Monday” board games hub  (which inevitably includes a lot of mass-produced classic games—scroll down on this page for recommendations that we think PC gamers will love!)

Best Board Game Deals

Gloomhaven | 1-4 players | Time to play: 1-2 hours
$139.99 $84.99 at Amazon (save $55)
Picture Diablo, but on your dining room table. This dungeon crawler challenges you to battle monsters, level up, and make choices that change the narrative each time you play.

Descent: Legends of The Dark | 1-4 players | Time to play: 3-4 hours $174.95 $95.99 at Amazon (save $78.96)
My goodness. This enormous cube is way cheaper than it’s ever been. Gloomhaven is no longer on sale, but this is a pleasant alternative—an “app-driven” RPG that tells you what moves to make for enemies. And you can play it solo, if you’re holed-up in Antarctica this winter.

Codenames| 2-8 players | Time to play: 15-20 minutes
$19.95 $8.04 at Amazon (save $11.91)
Amazingly fun social word game that challenges you to get inside the mind of your teammates by trying to guess what their one-word clues mean. Easy to learn and great for parties. There’s also a specific 2-player version with slightly different rules.

Twilight Imperium | 3-6 players | Time to play: 4-8 hours
$164.99 $119.99 at Amazon (save $45)
This space opera featuring war, conquest, diplomacy, and trade is like your favorite 4X game come to life. One of the most epic board games ever made. 

Ticket to Ride: Europe| 2-5 players | Time to play: 30-60 minutes
$54.99 $18.49 at Amazon (save $36.50)
Build railroad tracks and connect cities across Europe in this classic and easy-to-learn game. It’s really a must-have for any board game lovers, and this is the cheapest it’s been.

Pandemic Legacy Season 0 | 2-4 players | Time to play: 60 minutes
$79.99 $63.99 at Amazon (save $16.00)
For something deeper and more RPG-like, Pandemic Legacy Season 0 rethemes the bones of the game to be about a Cold War bioweapon and has rules that change as you play.

Under $50

Fallout: The Board Game | 1-4 players | Time to play: 2-3 hours $65.99 $35.99 at Amazon (save $34)
Buy this “if you’re looking for an easier, more sandboxy RPG experience with an emergent story,” writes one reviewer. This competitive take on Fallout features a modular, hex-based hidden map board and a character customization system.

Star Wars: Outer Rim | 1-4 players | Time to play: 3-4 hours $61.50 $44.99 at Amazon (save $16.51)
Rated highly on Boardgamegeek, Star Wars: Outer Rim is designed by Corey Konieczka, who also created the Battlestar Galactica board game, Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition, and Mansions of Madness. “A game of Outer Rim takes place over a series of turns that sees players taking dangerous jobs, tracking down bounties, upgrading their ship, and more, all in service of gaining more and more fame,” reads the description.

Betrayal at House on the Hill | 3-6 players | Time to play: 40-90 minutes
$49.99 $27.59 at Amazon (save $22.40)
Use tiles to build a haunted mansion and then try to escape with your life. Work together with other players, but beware—one of them is a traitor.

Small World of Warcraft | 2-5 players | Time to play: 40-80 minutes
$59.99 $26.99 at Amazon (save $33.00)
A World of Warcraft-themed skin on the board game Small World, with a set of mechanics and clever twists to make the game of rising and falling empires new and fresh for the Alliance and Horde.

Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective| 1-8 players | Time to play: 90 minutes
$49.99 $36.39 at Amazon (save $13.60)
Explore Victorian London in this co-op detection game, where you look for clues, talk to witness, and unravel labyrinthine cases. Can you solve it faster than Sherlock himself? No. But it’s still great fun.

Dark Souls: The Card Game | 1-4 players | Time to play: 60+ minutes
$50.01 $34.28 at Amazon (save $15.73)
There’s a complex Dark Souls board game (currently 25% off) that comes with huge amounts of plastic, but the card game is more more straightforward: You and your friends trying to defeat two bosses before you run out of bonfire cards. Good luck with that.

Minecraft: Builders and Biomes | 2-4 players | Time to play: 30-60 minutes
$39.99 $34.99 at Amazon (save $5)
I guess this is one way your kids from playing Minecraft all day. But seriously, it’s a fun game about strategic resource collecting and exploring, suitable for both kids and adults.

Under $25

Splendor| 2-4 players | Time to play: 30 minutes $25.19 $19.99 at Amazon (save $6)
Who among us hasn’t fantasized about being a gem-coveting Renaissance merchant? An accessible card development game, Splendor’s won a ton of awards since its release in 2014. There’s also a version with Thanos? 🤷‍♀️

Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set| 2+ players | Time to play: Literally weeks
$19.99 $10.63 at Amazon (save $9.36)
Technically not a board game, but this boxed set with dice, character sheets, rules, and an introductory campaign is the best way to get into the tabletop RPG. The Essentials Kit is slightly cheaper at $7.74, down from $24.99, but the Starter Set adventure is a better introduction.

Carcassonne | 2-5 players | Time to play: 45 minutes
$39.99 $18.99 at Amazon (save $21.00)
A classic Eurogame about competitive castle-building. Twist the landscape around your fortress-city by placing tiles to connect roads, build fields and monasteries, and ensure your dominance.

Pandemic | 2-4 players | Time to play: 45 minutes $44.99 $15.49 at Amazon (save $29.50)
If you’ve looked around over the past few years and thought to yourself, “Hey, I could do better than every world government,” the original Pandemic is at its lowest-ever price.

Sequence| 2-6 players | Time to play: 20 minutes $24.99 $11.17 at Amazon (save $13.82)
OK, yes, this basically tic-tac-toe with playing cards. But it’s really good! With enough strategic depth for both a StarCraft 2 grandmaster and your grandmother, who may or may not be a StarCraft 2 grandmaster. One of the family favorites of PC Gamer global editor-in-chief Evan Lahti.

Catan | 3-4 players | Time to play: 60 minutes
$55.00 $22.00 at Amazon (save $33.00
If you’re one of the people who hasn’t played Catan (formerly called Settlers of Catan), it’s about settling an island, building towns, and convincing other players to trade wood for sheep. Someone is going to say, “Got wood?” and someone else is going to laugh.

7 Wonders Duel| 2 players | Time to play: 30 minutes
$34.99 $14.49 at Amazon (save $20.50)
One of the best two-player board game out there. A tense game of civilization-building that revolves around card drafting. It’s a lot like the multiplayer game of the same name but it’s deftly focused around the battle between two instead of many.

Disney Villainous| 2-6 players | Time to play: 45-60 minutes
$34.97 $17.50 at Walmart (save $17.47)
This hugely successful tie-in lets players become their favorite Disney villain, choosing from Maleficent, Ursula , Jafar, Prince John, the Queen of Hearts, and Captain Hook. Each has their own scheme, and deck of cards with lush Disney art.

Mysterium| 2-7 players | Time to play: 40-45 minutes
$54.99 $24.49 at Amazon (save $30.50)
One player is a ghost, the other players are psychics whose job it is to figure out who murdered the ghost, with what weapon, and where. Problem is, the ghost can only communicate through mysterious, strange visions. If the psychics can get enough clues, they solve the mystery and everybody wins.

Azul | 2-4 players | Time to play: 30-35 minutes
$39.99 $15.99 at Amazon (save $24)
A clever mix of spatial and mathematical tile placement. Near anyone can grasp the basics, but mastering which tiles to draft from the center and how you can place them is a brilliant conundrum.

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