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There are a lot of cooperative adventure board games out there right now. Exploration games, survival games, role-playing games, and quite a few other types of games are often also considered adventure games, so this was a pretty tough list to make. Rather than just picking the best cooperative games that happen to be labeled as “adventure games,” I chose games that consistently make me and my group feel like we’re going on adventures.
This is one of those lists that I’ll need to update regularly since there are plenty of adventure games that I haven’t had a chance to play yet. I actually have a couple of games sitting next to me right now that could potentially end up on this list. Yeah, so there will probably be a lot of updates.
Let’s get to it! Below you’ll find some of the best cooperative adventure board games that you can get right now!
I don’t really get an adventure feel from most dungeon crawls, but Gloomhaven is one of the exceptions. Sure, it’s one of my group’s favorite co-ops mostly because of its fantastic mechanics, but the character progression, the exploration, the legacy elements, and just traveling around the world do make you feel like you’re on an epic adventure. It’s a humongous game – the reason I still haven’t reviewed it – but it’s well worth checking out if you have a group that can dedicate 100+ hours to it.
Aftermath is a very solid storytelling adventure game and easily my group’s favorite of Jerry Hawthorne’s Adventure Book Games series so far. The writing is excellent, going through the adventures with your powered-up rodents is a lot of fun, and the campaign system makes the post-apocalyptic world change as you play through the game. It works equally well as a family game and as a campaign game that a group of adult gamers can play, which is something I can’t say about most other co-op games.
Read our Aftermath review
Dragonfire is an excellent deck building adventure game. You go on adventures in the Dungeons & Dragons universe, but you really don’t have to be a D&D player to have fun playing this game. It’s just a lot of fun building your decks and watching your characters get better and better as you move through the campaign. There’s plenty of cooperation in this one and the story bits do the job of keeping you immersed throughout.
Read our Dragonfire review
Maximum Apocalypse is one of my group’s favorite survival games to play these days. It’s a pretty simple game mechanically, but those mechanics help the theme shine through. The game puts you under constant pressure to find the things you need to find, fight the monsters that are in your way, and get out of Dodge before the situation becomes unmanageable. There are a dozen missions in the core game, and all of those missions have good replay value.
Read our Maximum Apocalypse review
It’s really hard not to feel like you’re on an epic adventure while playing The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth. The large map tiles bring Middle-earth to life on the table and the game has one of the best action/test systems that you’ll find in a co-op board game. It’s an app-driven game, but I don’t mind that in this case because the app takes care of all of the fiddly work for you while also remembering what you’ve done in past missions. It’s a great LOTR adventure game, especially for groups with 3-5 players.
Champions of Hara is such a cool game. The world you’re on shifts around as you play, often forcing you to change up your strategies on the fly. Your goal is to grow as powerful as you can as you explore the world and then take down one of the powerful villains. The characters are all unique and fun to play, and there are a lot of challenging scenarios that you can play through.
Read our Champions of Hara review
If you like adventure games and you’re also a big fan of puzzle games, Legends of Andor might just be the perfect cooperative game for you. In this game you go through a series of adventures in an attempt to stop the enemies before they take over your kingdom, all while getting more powerful along the way. It’s an excellent fantasy-adventure game with some of the best board game artwork that you will ever see.
Read our Legends of Andor review
3. Mage Knight
What makes Mage Knight a top-notch adventure board game is that it gives you pretty much total control over where you go, how you develop your heroes, what you explore, and who you fight. It is one of the heaviest cooperative games in existence, but it’s definitely worth taking the time to learn how to play it if you’re looking for a rich adventure experience with some fun deck building mixed in.
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One of the many reasons why The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game has been so popular for so long is because Fantasy Flight has consistently put out great new adventure packs for it. It’s one of my group’s favorite two-player games because it allows us to play as pretty much any of the popular LOTR heroes and fight enemies in well-known locations around that world.
This pick should come as no surprise to anyone who has seen this list. What makes Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island such an awesome adventure game is that it always tells a great story. You get pulled into the game’s world and it’s just a blast exploring the island, building useful items, hunting, and attempting to complete your objectives. Robinson Crusoe is easily my group’s favorite adventure game and our top survival game.
Read our Robinson Crusoe review