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The best PC games based on board games
By Declan Barry - 30th Aug 2021Games
Roll the dice, make your moves and enjoy board game inspired video games
But which games are worth spending time to level up on and which will be leaving you bankrupt of fun? Here's our list of our favorite PC games inspired by board games.
Why have one board game when you can have thousands? Tabletop Simulator allows you to connect with friends online to play your favorite board games, and with fan modifications, you can choose from 1000s of real games, including Chess and Poker.
Within the game, you can also make your own game. If you want a Unicorn dungeon RPG, you can do that with the ability to import your own assets and set up dungeon scripting.
If you’re a bit of a sore loser then don’t fret, as you can also flip the table in a rage! It’s everything you love about board games but in the virtual realm.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War
The original Dawn of War plays like a twisted version of Command & Conquer, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. The different versions and expansions fill this game with all your favorite factions, and each one comes equipped with multiple single and multiplayer modes.
Winter Assault and Dark Crusade are probably tied for the crown of best Dawn of War versions, the former adding a brilliant tactical map single-player mode and the latter adding some of the series’ most iconic factions. No matter which version of Dawn of War you pick up, though, you’re in for a great time.
Pathfinder: Kingmaker - Enhanced Plus Edition
RPGs are a tried and true genre, but Pathfinder is something special indeed. Inspired by the legendary Baldur’s Gate and the tabletop Pathfinder Adventure Path campaign, this title from Owlcat Games features a massive campaign that runs north of 100 hours.
Based on the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game from 2009 published by Paizo Publishing, Pathfinder offered players a rich alternative to Dungeons & Dragons. One of the best-selling role-playing game systems in recent years, the rich Pathfinder universe was aching for a game. Pathfinder: Kingmaker delivers.
Leaning hard on an advanced character alignment system (are you going to be a prince or a prat?) with elements of a management sim, Pathfinder full of rich quests for those willing to take the dive.
The sequel, Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, includes more of what makes Pathfinder: Kingmaker so special with additional character customization options and new ways to fight with both turn-based and real-time combat.
One of the world's most popular board games, now in video game format!
The argument-fuelling game's adaption brings amazing animations, customizable rules, and even the famous Speed Die mode into MONOPOLY PLUS.
Can you beat your friends and family in the 3D city as you build your empire without stealing a few extra notes from the bank? You'll find out with this game.
Blood Bowl 2
Blood Bowl 2 is almost a direct port of the board game to the PC and sometimes that might be a problem. In this case, it’s a boon.
Blood Bowl is one of the longest-running board games, playing like a cross between American Football and war, it’s stompy and visceral and that translates perfectly to a PC game.
Build your team, take them to victory, and try to not get too upset when your favorite player is killed just before full time. It’s sports played the way they should be - with extreme violence.
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
With a blend of dungeon-crawling and adventure RPG, Baldur's Gate II sees players travel to Tethyr in this thrilling conclusion to the Bhaalspawn saga, delving deeper into the treasure-filled halls of Watcher’s Keep.
Explore the tactical depth of high-level Dungeons & Dragons combat. Turn your captors against each other while you dodge traps and battle for your life against Demi-Liches, Mind Flayers, and the legendary Githyanki.
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition features full widescreen support, remastered area artwork from original renders, and a host of other interface and gameplay improvements.
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition
This enhanced edition of the original game, launched in 2000 by developer Black Isle Studios, sees players encounter fearsome beasts that have learned the cunning and ferocity needed to survive among the snow-shrouded peaks. Witness magical battles as you confront an evil that schemes beneath the carven glaciers and mountainsides, wreaking destruction upon the face of Faerun.
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition sends players deep into the Spine of the World mountains and unforgiving territory in this Dungeons & Dragons strategy RPG, featuring dozens of new spells and items, and new magic armor, and weapons – as you take on powerful enemies in strategic combat scenarios.