October 13, 2020 – UPDATE the day is here and this is your guide to all of the Amazon Prime Day 2020 board game deals. Bookmark this page and check back often because deals will be updated, ranked and evaluated here as they become available.
Now that day 1 has gotten a little bit more going, the deals are starting to warm up with lots of different options out there. Here is what is available, ranked by quality of deal:
ACTIVE PRIME DAY 2020 BOARD GAME DEALS
#01 | Ticket To Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride: Europe takes you on a new train adventure across Europe. From Edinburgh to Constantinople and from Lisbon to Moscow, you’ll visit great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe. Like the original Ticket to Ride, the game remains elegantly simple, can be learned in 5 minutes, and appeals to both families and experienced gamers. Ticket to Ride: Europe is a complete, new game and does not require the original version.
55% down to $24.99 | Buy Ticket To Ride Europe via Amazon
#02 | The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
This is the new game that swept all the awards this year. This price drop is fantastic considering how new and popular this title is. In the co-operative trick-taking game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, the players set out as astronauts on an uncertain space adventure. The eventful journey through space extends over 50 exciting missions. But this game can only be defeated by meeting common individual tasks of each player. In order to meet the varied challenges, communication is essential in the team. But this is more difficult than expected in space.
30% down to $10.45 | Buy The Crew via Amazon
#03 | Jaipur
If you are looking for a great 2 player strategy card game, this is for you. You are one of the two most powerful traders in the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, but that’s not enough for you because only the merchant with two “seals of excellence” will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja’s court. You are therefore going to have to do better than your direct competitor by buying, exchanging, and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.
37% down to $15.74 | Buy Jaipur via Amazon
#04 | Sorcerer City
Every year, Sorcerer City gets built and rebuilt in magically new ways, with blocks moving and rotating in crazy directions. You and your fellow players are rival wizard architects in charge of building the same city district over five years, expanding it and rebuilding it to gain the most money, influence, magic, and victory. Unfortunately, Sorcerer City has a bit of a monster problem, so you must work hard to mitigate the effects of marauding creatures who attack your city district.
48% down to $26.00 | Buy Sorcerer City via Amazon
#05 | Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is a standalone game that takes place before the events of Gloomhaven. The game includes four new characters — Valrath Red Guard (tank, crowd control), Inox Hatchet (ranged damage), Human Voidwarden (support, mind-control), and Quatryl Demolitionist (melee damage, obstacle manipulation) — that can also be used in the original Gloomhaven game.
25% down to $37.49 | Buy Gloomhaven Jaws of The Lion via Amazon
#06 | Codenames
In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
42% down to $11.54 | Buy Codenames via Amazon
#07 | Ticket To Ride
With elegantly simple gameplay, Ticket to Ride can be learned in under 15 minutes. Players collect cards of various types of train cars they then use to claim railway routes in North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn. Additional points come to those who fulfill Destination Tickets – goal cards that connect distant cities; and to the player who builds the longest continuous route.
43% down to $31.50 | Buy Ticket To Ride via Amazon
#08 | Splendor
Splendor is a game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops—all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you’re wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige. On your turn, you may (1) collect chips (gems), or (2) buy and build a card, or (3) reserve one card. That is it, but this is just enough to have robust strategic control.
50% down to $22.65 | Buy Splendor via Amazon
#09 | Onitama
Onitama is a two-player, perfect information abstract game with a random starting set-up. On a 5×5 board, both players start with five pawns on their side, with the main pawn in the middle. Each player has two open cards that each display a possible move for any of his pieces. There is a fifth card that cannot be used by either player. On a player’s turn, he chooses one of his cards, moves one of his pieces according to the chosen card, then replaces the card he used with the fifth card.
35% down to $19.57 | Buy Onitama via Amazon
#10 | Lost Cities
Players play cards to move their playing pieces along stone paths. There are cards with 5 different colors/symbols, each corresponding to one path; in addition, each card shows a number (0-10, twice each). In each color, each player can play his cards either ascending or descending. Like Lost Cities, it’s better to concentrate on a few paths, since the last spaces grants high points, but ending early gives negative ones.
29% down to $10.68 | Buy Lost Cities via Amazon
#11 | Marvel United
In “Marvel United” you take the role of iconic Marvel Heroes cooperating to stop the master plan of a powerful Villain controlled by the game. Each Villain unveils their unique master plan, with cards that trigger different effects, and threats that pose challenges across the locations. Heroes must choose carefully the cards to play from their unique decks, that not only offer different actions and superpowers to use, but also combine with the actions of other Heroes to do the impossible. Build your storyline, unite your powers, save the day!
25% down to $26.24 | Buy Marvel United via Amazon
#12 | Planet
The spark of life is about to jump from your hands to spread out in the world. In Planet, each player receives a planet core without anything on it. Each turn, players choose a tile with mountain/ice/forest/desert on it and place it on the planet. Then the player who fulfills the most conditions for the appearance of certain animals gains its card.
48% down to $20.61 | Buy Planet via Amazon
#13 | Pandemic
In Pandemic, several virulent diseases have broken out simultaneously all over the world! The players are disease-fighting specialists whose mission is to treat disease hotspots while researching cures for each of four plagues before they get out of hand. Taking a unique role within the team, players must plan their strategy to mesh with their specialists’ strengths in order to conquer the diseases.
43% down to $25.50 | Buy Pandemic via Amazon
#14 | One Night Ultimate Alien
One Night Ultimate Alien is similar to other One Night Ultimate… titles in that players each secretly take a role as part of a team, but this time the roles all relate to aliens. Over a quick time period everyone has a role and you need to take in information to figure out who the secret enemy is.
42% down to $14.40 | Buy One Night Ultimate Alien via Amazon
#15 | Escape Room The Game 3-Pack
Take the viral social experience of Escape Rooms to the comfort of your own home and for a fraction of the cost that you would pay! Included in this game are 4 unique 60 minute escape room puzzles that will test your cranial skills. There are many escape room games out there and this is considered one of the best.
40% down to $17.98 | Buy Escape Room The Game Pack via Amazon
#16 | What Do You Meme?
A party game in the vein of Cards Against Humanity. What Do You Meme? is a party card game for the social media generation. Each round, one player takes the role of judge and plays a photo card, after which everyone else plays a caption card to complete the meme. The judge decides the funniest pairing, and whoever played the winning caption card wins the round. Lather, rinse, and repeat.
30% down to $20.98 | Buy What Do You Meme via Amazon
#17 | Sonora
In Sonora, players flick wooden discs onto a game board representative of different vibrant landscapes across the Sonoran sands. Each area encompasses a different unique game, so skillful aim is required to play in the region of a player’s choosing and score points on your dry-erase sheet! But watch out for other players eager to bump discs to score points for themselves.
34% down to $19.80 | Buy Sonora via Amazon
#18 | Disney Hocus Pocus
Disney Hocus Pocus: The Game, based on the 1993 movie “Hocus Pocus”, players must work together to ruin the Sanderson Witches’ potion three times before the sun rises. Players hold a hand of ingredients of different types and colors and attempt to match all ingredient types or colors in the cauldron.
25% down to $14.99 | Buy Disney Hocus Pocus via Amazon
#19 | Kids Against Maturity Party Card Game
This is a family-friendly version of Cards Against Humanity. Layered innuendos for parents and kids to enjoy equal levels of laughter. Each player takes a turn reading a blue question card. Everyone answers with one of their ten funniest white cards face down. The white question card chose funniest by the question reader wins that hand. The player with the predetermined amount of funniest cards chosen by the question readers win the game!
51% down to $19.49 | Buy Kids Against Maturity via Amazon
#20 | Monopoly Socialist
In the Monopoly Socialism game players move around the board working together to make a better community by managing and contributing to projects such as a no-tip vegan restaurant, an all-winners school, or a museum of co-creation. But nobody said that cooperation is easy! Drawing a Chance card presents the flip side of striving for the perfect utopian society.
42% down to $11.60 | Buy Monopoly Socialist via Amazon
#21 | Outrageous
Outrageous is a hot new party game, where players use their creativity to come up with witty, unique, and hilarious answers to modern-day prompts. Outrageous adapts to any audience, and can be family-friendly, or wild and “adults-only,” depending on who you play with. Play your son, play with your Aunt Sally, or play with your college buddies. Everyone can have a good time playing OUTRAGEOUS!
39% down to $15.25 | Buy Outrageous via Amazon
#22 | Taco vs Burrito
Taco vs. Burrito is a deliciously unpredictable card game where players compete to create the weirdest, wildest meal. On your turn, add an ingredient card to a Taco/Burrito, add Tummy Aches to reduce the value of a meal or add a Hot Sauce Boss to double the value of a meal! Or you can play an action card but beware! The Health Inspector and Order Envy can ruin your meal.
36% down to $15.99 | Buy Taco vs Burrito via Amazon
#23 | Queendomino
Build up the most prestigious kingdom by claiming wheat fields, forests, lakes, grazing grounds, marshes, and mountains. Your knights will bring you riches in the form of coins — and if you make sure to expand the towns on your lands, you will make new buildings appear, giving you opportunities for new strategies. You may win the Queen’s favors … but always be aware of the dragon!
32% down to $15.99 | Buy Queendomino via Amazon
#24 | Mystic Market
Mystic Market is an exciting, fast-paced card game where players buy and sell magical Potion-making Ingredients. The unique Value Track ensures that the Ingredients’ values will be constantly shifting, so only the shrewdest of traders will prevail. Will you profit from selling Phoenix Feathers? Craft Potions to meddle with your opponent’s plans? Corner the market on Kraken Tentacles?
36% down to $12.85 | Buy Mystic Market via Amazon
#25 | Machi Koro
Machi Koro is a fast-paced game for 2-4 players. Each player wants to develop the city on their own terms in order to complete all of the landmarks under construction faster than their rivals. On their turn, each player rolls one or two dice. If the sum of the dice rolled matches the number of a building that a player owns, they get the effect of that building
20% down to $23.96 | Buy Machi Koro via Amazon
#26 | Spyfall 2
Spyfall is played over several rounds, and at the start of each round all players receive cards showing the same location — except that one player receives a card that says “Spy” instead of the location. Players then start asking each other questions — “Why are you dressed so strangely?” or “When was the last time we got a payday?” or anything else you can come up with — trying to guess who among them is the spy.
25% down to $18.75 | Buy Spyfall 2 via Amazon
#27 | Exploding Kittens
Exploding Kittens is a kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an exploding kitten and loses the game. The deck is made up of cards that let you avoid exploding by peeking at cards before you draw, forcing your opponent to draw multiple cards, or shuffling the deck.
35% down to $12.99 | Buy Exploding Kittens via Amazon
#28 | Risk
You are looking at a map of the world split up into many countries and continents. You start with many of these and get to split up your army of soldiers across them. During the game, you start by getting new reinforcements, then you place them and then you attack other territories with dice rolling to take them over. The key is to take every territory over while managing your troops and making sure your opponent doesn’t do the same first.
30% down to $20.99 | Buy Risk via Amazon
#29 | Off Topic Adult Party Game
Play this Quick-witted game with friends for a good laugh. Draw a card to set the topics, and roll the die to set the letter that your responses must begin with. As you race against time, your answers will get a little outrageous and a little OFF TOPIC!
26% down to $22.09 | Buy Off Topic via Amazon
#30 | Spontuneous
One player says a word and the race is on for the others to sing a song containing that word. Play begins with the Tunesmith turning the timer and announcing a Trigger-Word from his/her Hit-List. The first player who starts singing scores, but must sing a minimum of 5 words containing the Trigger-Word. For example, if the Trigger-Word was “dawn,” the first player to begin singing a 5-word portion of lyrics from any song containing the word “dawn” scores!
33% down to $19.99 | Buy Spontuneous via Amazon
#31 | Phase 10
A rummy-type card game where players compete to be the first to finish completing all ten phases. Phases include collecting runs of numbers, collecting certain number of a given color cards, etc. The first player to finish completing the 10th phase wins. In case of ties, the player with the fewest number of points wins.
30% down to $6.99 | Buy Phase 10 via Amazon
#32 | Pictionary
Playing Pictionary may remind you of Charades, but with drawing on paper instead of acting out the answers. In Pictionary, though, both teams’ (or even all three teams’) clue givers may be drawing at the same time as players strive to be the first to guess the correct answer. When the answer is not designated “All Play,” one team simply tries to come up with the answer before the timer runs out, which is usually but not always possible thanks to the varying difficulty levels of the answers.
30% down to $13.99 | Buy Pictionary via Amazon
#33 | Cranium
The game is a series of smaller games designed to test your trivia knowledge in a host of different ways. In “creative cat” players give clues to their partner by drawing or sculpting it. In “word worm” players unscramble words, spell and guess definitions. In “star performer”, you guessed it, you perform. The final category that brings them all together is “data head” which is the straight trivia question section.
20% down to $39.99 | Buy Cranium via Amazon
#34 | Loopin’ Chewy
This 2-3 player version of Loopin’ Louie is re-themed with the Star Wars license. Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon is tasked with knocking out the other players’ stormtroopers. When only one player has stormtroopers left, that player wins. There are lots of Star Wars games out there and this is one of the best ones out there. This is a great spectacle dexterity game that is perfect for any young Star Wars fans.
26% down to $19.19 | Buy Loopin Chewie via Amazon
Check back frequently for updates on the deals from October 13th & 14th!
September 28, 2020 – The famed shopping holiday Amazon Prime Day 2020 is October 13 – 14 and Board Game Deals Are Coming. Amazon just announced that they are expanding the one day event to two for the first time in its short history.
There are always many amazing deals, but one area that always shines is board games. There will be at least 20 or so top tier board games that are 50 – 70% off. They really do it right with board game deals. Last year for Amazon Prime Day 2019, some of the amazing deals such as Small Word @ $34, Tokaido @ $35, 7 Wonders @ $35, Splendor @ $28 and Photosynthesis @ $30, just to name a few.
Deals on Prime Day are only available to Prime members so make sure you are all signed up in time for the big event. They are starting to make regular updates so make sure you follow along to see what is coming!
If you had to guess, what are the most likely targets for board game deals during Amazon Prime day 2020? If we had to guess, we think it is going to be bigger and better than it has ever been.
History of Prime Day
Prime day was just a little promotional stunt launched in 2015 to coincide with Amazon’s 20th Anniversary celebration. The goal was a lofty one but they wanted to see if they could take a bite out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Oh boy did they, the event was a massive success. The deals on Amazon categories are the absolute lowest they will ever be and third-party sellers have wanted to jump on the promotion train. Every year the event makes a bigger and bigger splash and tin 2020 for the first time they have expanded the event to 2 days.
Did COVID-19 Change Prime Day 2020
Yes, the event is normally in the summer and about half of a year aways from Black Friday / Cyber Monday. Prime Day 2015 was July 15th, Prime Day 2016 was July 12th, Prime Day 2017 was July 10th, Prime Day 2018 was July 16th and Prime Day 2019 was July 15th. Given where things were early in the year, the entire event was pushed. Time was needed to get back to usual but also be far enough away from the 2020 holiday season.
Has The Board Game Industry Changed in Any Way That Would Effect Prime Day 2020
Short answer no, but we know everything is different now. Board Games went through an interesting trend in 2020. First, in March, when people were looking at quarantining lightly and then seriously, people were looking for the type of activity board games provided and popularity surged. In late summer, people were rethinking interacting with people and board games fell a bit to the wayside. This is just normal ebbs and flows so no real change to the industry here.
Cons like Gen Con or PAX are no longer marquee events that bring people to the tabletop in droves, but online affairs that have less popularity and fewer effects. These were always big announcements and sales opportunities and without them, publishers are looking for new ways to reach the audience. What is a better opportunity than the biggest online sales event of the year. If anything, publishers having less connection with humans is going to benefit you the consumer because instead of making a meaningful connection with you, they will have to rely on hitting you over the head with a deal.
This is not something that will most likely affect Prime Day 2020 board game deals but shout out to Board Game Cafes. With the pandemic, they are all hurting. It was so sad to see the success story of the board game cafe, with rapid growth and popularity only to see them hit with something that REALLY affects them (not being able to interact in close proximity). They haven’t quite had the effect on overall board game sales yet that they absolutely will have 5 to 10 years from now.