TV Show Games

Last week, we introduced you to some of our favourite Cartoon and Anime games. This week, we’re going a little more mainstream with some of our favourite TV show games in general. Read on for examples of some of the best TV show board game tie-ins out there:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game is a fully cooperative game for 1 to 6 players that can be played in 40 to 60 minutes, and is one of our recommended cooperative games. This action management game was designed right here at The Round Table by Lynnvander Studios, and lets you play as Buffy and the rest of the Scoobie gang, as they save Townies from Vampires and Demons, while trying to defeat Monsters of the Week, and uncover the Big Bad’s plot.  The game is very much designed to feel like a season of the TV show boiled down into a board game – and you choose the season when you select which Big Bad you will face off against! Will you foil the Master’s plan or will you risk gruesome injuries at the hands of Caleb? If you’re a fan of cooperative games or of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, then this is a game that you need to play!

Star Trek: Five-Year Mission is a cooperative game for 3 to 7 players that can be played in 30 to 45 minutes. In this dice placement game, you play as crew members of either the USS Enterprise from Star Trek TOS or the USS Enterprise-D from Star Trek TNG. Your goal is to solve a series of alerts to score points. If too many alerts are failed or the enterprise is destroyed, the game is lost. This light game uses dice placement to try to replicate the tense decision making that faces characters in the television show. If you’re looking for a tight dice game that’s true to Star Trek, give this one a try!

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is a semi-cooperative game for 3 to 6 players that can be played in 120 to 300 minutes. In this resource management deduction game, each player chooses a character from the show and is randomly dealt a role as either a human or a Cylon. As the game progresses, the fleet moves closer to the earth, resources run low, and more Cylons are revealed. If the humans reach earth successfully, they win the game! If the Galactica is brought down, the Cylons win the game! If you’re looking for a great sci-fi game what will keep you playing and entertained for hours, check this one out! It’s more in-depth than most of the games we recommend but that doesn’t make it any less of a great game!

Firefly: The Game is a competitive game for 1 to 5 players that can be played in 120 to 240 minutes. In this area movement dice and card game, you play as the captain of a Firefly-class transport ship. Your goal is to be the first player to complete the story goals. With your hand-picked crew, you travel the ‘Verse, avoiding Reavers and Alliance ships, and working with all manor of shady clients. If you’re looking for a solid game with tons of cameos from the tv show that can be pretty in-depth and strategic, try this one out!

These great TV show based games are sure to be a blast for anyone familiar with the source material or even just a lover of well polished games. Since we’re posting this in December, keep some of these games in mind for last minute gifts – especially if you know a big fan of any of these series! Or, if you’re looking for a good stocking stuffer, check out some of our past recommendations! Whether it’s for holiday shopping or just to play some games, we’re looking forward to your next visit!

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Anime and Cartoon Games

Last week, we introduced you to some more great games for 2 players, and this week, we’re back to exploring themes with Cartoon and Anime Games! Read on for examples of some great games straight out of their respective TV shows!

Archer: The Danger Zone! Board Game is a competitive game for 2 to 8 players that can be played in 40 minutes. You play as your favourite character from the show, and your goal is to gain an upper hand on your co-workers by insulting them, doing well on missions, and encountering random guest stars and secondary characters. Each character has a unique deck of cards, with quotes from the show. This game really takes the humor that’s at the core of the show and boils it down into a board game. If you’re looking for a comedic spy fix, give this game a try!

Attack on Titan: The Last Stand is a 1 versus many game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 30 minutes. One player plays as a Titan, and the other players play as characters from the show. Just like in the series, the Titan attempts to kill off the other characters, and the rest of the players attempt to kill the Titan. Each round, the Titan chooses 2 attacks to play against the characters, and the characters move vertically up and down the titan, avoiding its attacks! The 3d nature of the game makes it feel like it’s popped straight out of the anime! Check this game out for some cool 3D components, and classic feeling player versus many game play!

Rick and Morty: Total Rickall Card Game is a cooperative game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 30 minutes. In this humorous deduction game, players try to determine which characters are real and which are alien parasites masquerading as members of the family. While the core game is fully cooperative, there is an advanced competitive mode where players are randomly given secret roles as either humans or parasites. If you’re looking for a comedic game to remind you that nobody exists on purpose, check this one out! Seriously – check it out, it’s your series arc!

Naruto Shippuden Deck-Building Game is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 45 to 90 minutes. In this Cerberus Engine: Heroes based deck building game, you play as Naruto or one of his allies, and your goal is to defeat as many S-rank criminals as possible. To succeed, you’ll have to build strong synergies by gaining allies and equipment, and by mastering powerful techniques! Everything you need to play is right there in the box but you can combine this game with tons of other games that use the same engine, such as CapCom Street Fighter Deck-Building Game, for endless gameplay! If you’re looking for an intense ninja battle that has tons of potential for expansion, give this game a spin!

That’s it for Cartoon and Anime games for now, so come down to The Round Table for your fix of these awesome shows in board game form! Or, if you’re looking for something totally different, check out some of our favourite train games. Whatever you decide to play, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table.

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