Desert Island Games

Here’s the setup: You’re stranded on a deserted island, and you can only have five (or ten or whatever) of something with you. What (or who) do you take?

So let’s play that game with…games! 😆 I expect this page will be updated over time as games come in and out of favor in our household, but for now here are my top five games that I would want to be stranded with.

Takenoko

Takenoko aka The Panda Game
Takenoko aka The Panda Game

A beautifully made game that always gets requested at our family gatherings.

Pandemic

Pandemic
Pandemic

The original cooperative game that our family was introduced to. I still enjoy the game and we’re not even up to playing on epic level yet. We have a copy of the “legacy” game but haven’t cracked it open yet.

Dead of Winter

Dead of Winter Cover Art
Dead of Winter

Another cooperative game but this time there’s a twist: someone is (probably) working against you! The personal objectives make it seem like everyone is just a little bit paranoid, but what do you expect when you’re trying to survive a zombie apocalypse in the middle (dead) of winter?

Star Wars X-Wing

X-Wing Miniatures Game Core Set
X-Wing Miniatures Game Core Set

X-Wing The Force Awakens Core Set
X-Wing The Force Awakens Core Set

This game currently holds the record for most hours played and therefore the lowest cost per entertainment hour of my entire library. I attend X-Wing night every Wednesday at my FLGS (friendly local game store). I’ve played in a couple of casual tournaments. I’ve spend hours playing Heroes of the Aturi Cluster. Simply put, this game – despite the amount of money I’ve spent on it – has easily been worth the cost.

Five Tribes

Five Tribes Box Cover
Five Tribes

I really enjoy this game, but it doesn’t hit the table as often as I would like with my local gaming group. I’m working to change that…

Didn’t quite make the cut but really good
Shadows Over Camelot

Shadows Over Camelot Box Cover
Shadows Over Camelot

Another semi-cooperative game with a potential traitor, much like Dead of Winter. I put it down here because although I love the theme (what’s not to like about King Arthur) I just like Dead of Winter better.

Mysterium

Mysterium
Mysterium

Dixit was a secondary choice here, but Mysterium gets the nod because if you haven’t noticed, I like cooperative games.

What are your desert island games?

Last update August 9, 2018