Board games can get expensive quick and sometimes you just don’t have $40 dollars or more to spend on a single board game. Although others may just be looking for more bang for their buck, if you do not have $15 for a board game our best board games under $10 is for you. If you want to spend a little more I would suggest also checking out our best board games under $20.
Regardless of your case, I am here to help you out.
Best Board Games Under $15
Twilight Squabble is a card game set in 1947 in which a new conflict is established between the United States of America and the Soviet Union in the twilight of World War II. This game is a shorter version of Twilight Struggle and definitely a much more affordable variation.
Star Realms is a fast paced deckbuilding game that has similar combat style of a trading card game. To win the game players must work towards reducing their opponent’s Authority Score to zero. Players may acquire ships and bases from the Trade Row which are cards turned face up from the Trade Deck. After acquiring these new cards players must then decide whether to use them to further their trade or their combat dominance.
Tichu is a card game in which players must simply get rid of their hand while hopefully scoring a good amount of points. As players are racing to get to 1,000 points first each card has a set value of points. For example, 5’s are worth 5 points, 10’s are worth 10, and Kings are worth 15.
There are many ways for players to score points such as calling Tichu which means that if they can empty their hand on their first turn they get 100 bonus points. There is also a Grand Tichu call that can be made which can result in a bonus 200 points. The catch to both of these is if you make the call and are wrong you lose that many points.
Love Letter is a 2-4 player game in which players are trying to get their love letters into Princess Annette’s hand while blocking off the letters of other suitors. The deck consists of sixteen cards in which players start with one card each in their hand. Some cards can be very strong and others very weak. To win the game players must strategically decide when to play which cards to keep them in the game but to also not make them a huge target for each player.
Hanabi Card Game
Hanabi is a cooperative card game in which players have one simple task. . . to make the greatest fireworks show by placing their cards on the table in the proper order. The cards are in five different colors and are labeled 1-5 to make things even easier for you. Except it is not really that easy.
The game adds a whole new level of challenge by requiring each player to hold their hands in a way that only the other players are able to see their cards. This is the challenging part to the game as players must work together to make the perfect fireworks show before they run out of cards.
So if you enjoy working with others for the greater good this is the game for you! Not to mention it is only $10.35 on Amazon and also won Board Game of the Year in 2013 making it a great fit for the best board games under $15
Friday Board Game
Friday is a unique solitaire deck-building game in which you the player must help Robinson Crusoe survive the island and prepare to defeat the incoming pirates.
The whole basis of this game is preparing to defeat two incoming pirate ships with the deck that you have constructed. The way you construct the deck is by each turn defeating one of the hazards of the island with a fight card. If a player is successful in doing so the hazard card turns into a fight card and is added to their deck. However, if a player is unable to defeat the hazard the player will lose a life token and have the opportunity to remove a played fight card from their deck.
This is a unique cheap game for someone who enjoys single player games and also wants something relatively quick as the game time is only thirty minutes.
Sushi Go! is a crazy fast and crazy fun card game in which players must try to make the best combinations of sushi to get the most points. Players score points through some of the following methods
- Collecting the most sushi rolls
- Making a full set of sashimi
- The use of wasabi to increase point possibilities
This game is a lot of fun and is super simple. You get to make strategic plays with which cards to keep and which cards to get rid in order to benefit your self and harm your opponents.
Coup (The Dystopian Universe)
Coup is a strategic card game in which players must use deductive and bluffing skills to conquer their opponents.
Players are given influence cards and coins in which they may use to complete certain actions. There are five influence cards each of which has their own unique abilities listed below.
- Assassin: Pay three coins and try to assassinate another player’s character.
- Contessa: Block an assassination attempt against yourself.
- Captain: Take two coins from another player, or block someone from stealing coins from you.
- Duke: Take three coins from the treasury. Block someone from taking foreign aid.
- Ambassador: Draw two character cards from the Court (the deck), choose which (if any) to exchange with your face-down characters, then return two. Block someone from stealing coins from you.
On each players turn they have the option of using one of the abilities listed above whether they have that influence card or not or use one of the actions below.
- Income: Take one coin from the treasury.
- Foreign aid: Take two coins from the treasury.
- Coup: Pay seven coins and launch a coup against an opponent, forcing that player to lose an influence.
If players decide to use an action from one of the influences cards another player may challenge them at which time two things can happen. The player being challenged can flip the appropriate influence card to show that they have it which will result in the challenging player losing one of theirs. After that, the player who was challenged must put the influence card they showed back in the deck and draw a new one. The other option that can happen is if the challenged player is unable to prove they have that card at which time they must lose on of their influence cards.
This is an important part of the game as the last player with an influence card wins. Also as a side note, I would not suggest playing this with two players. I have tried it and it is not nearly as fun with more players.
Conclusion: Any of these games are great options. It just depends on which one is best suited for you. But they are all relatively cheap. So you may be able to get two or three of them to try out. If there are other games that you feel should be a part of the best board games under $15 then please feel free to post it in the comments. Also please go check out our Affordable Board Games Category for more great game options.