Check out our favorite science-fiction themed tabletop games.
- Star Realms. This space combat game boasts gorgeous artwork on the cards and the ships have cool names like Blob Destroyer, Dreadnaught, War World, and Battle Screecher. I love that you can be on the edge of losing and make a triumphant comeback using Trade Federation cards (my personal favorite). I am not a fan, however, when my opponent does the same.
- Terraforming Mars. This is a game that I never thought I would like, but I absolutely love. It’s a strategy, space exploration, and set collection game. I think I like that everyone, for the most part, does her or his own thing – you need to be somewhat aware of what the other players are up to, but not completely focused on it as with some games. I seem to keep getting the same two companies; maybe that’s why I don’t win.
- Space Base. This is an engine building and dice chucking game. You and your fellow players rely on one another to advance your victory points, gold, and revenue. I prefer the multi-player game to the two-player game, but the two-player game works well. I love the artwork and bright colors.
- Galaxy Defenders. This is a pretty long and involved game, but very fun. I love the campaign style, the ugly aliens, and the Hulk hero.
- Pulsar 2849. Another game that I never thought I would have enjoyed, and, yet, I do. There are near endless possibilities for actions that you can take on your turn; more materialize as the game goes on. However, you are limited to two actions per turn—three if you get the special red die.
- Galaxy Defenders. A challenging, cooperative, campaign-driven game where you try to stave off the alien menace with a group of marines that can acquire alien weaponry, shields, and other gear to help them save the planet.
- Star Wars Rebellion. Everything that made the original Star Wars trilogy great is in this game. What more do you need?
- King of Tokyo/New York. Giant monsters fighting each other. Nuff said.
- Xenoshyft Dreadmire. Your fighting giant bugs with awesome weaponry on an alien planet. Starship Troopers doesn’t need a board game. This is that game.
- Conquest of Planet Earth. There’s a lot of love for 50’s sci-fi in this game between the artwork, the UFO playing pieces, the different alien races, and the human enemies you’ll come across. You get to play as an alien race trying to beat out other races, or team up and destroy those puny humans.
- Galaxy Defenders
- Conquest of Planet Earth
- Terraforming Mars
- Star Realms
- Xenoshyft Dreadmire