Digital board game adaptations are a tricky business; some tabletop games simply aren’t as fun once separated from the physical world or don’t receive the necessary funding to flourish.
At the same time, there are board games that translate perfectly, whether due to having more available resources, a talented studio at the helm, or irresistibly fun gameplay.
In this list, we’ll highlight the best board games on Steam that manage to check all of those boxes while providing hours of enjoyment for you and your friends.
With that in mind, here are our suggestions for good board games on Steam!
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In it, you play as a small-time thief tasked with saving the world from a terrible curse by navigating a city teeming with opportunities and opposition.
This is done by traveling to different districts to recruit allies, battle enemies, and explore events with chance-based outcomes based on the cards you play.
Labyrinth: The War on Terror
Conceptually, the game also explores wider themes of ideological struggle, guerrilla warfare, and other tropes typically found in wargames with card-driven mechanics.
To this point, players have an extensive number of card combinations at their disposal, resulting in unpredictable outcomes and powerful effects that will shape the flow of battles.
Each match sees you gathering resources to build elaborate structures and recruit vibrant woodland creatures to bring your city to life and earn points.
The game can be played both solo with AI opponents as well as online with other players via cross-platform multiplayer.
The game occurs in a fantasy-themed realm overrun with thieves, monsters, undead creatures, and others, leading people to seek refuge within their homes for safety.
You and up to 3 friends take on the role of mercenaries tasked with reconnecting the world by reopening trade routes and exterminating monsters using unique abilities, equipment, and perks.
In it, 2-4 players battle for control of a sprawling wilderness by leveraging different factions, gathering resources, and fighting each other.
The diversity in each faction’s motivations, strengths, and weaknesses makes for extremely varied gameplay with a lot of strategic depth.
Isle of Arrows
Each playthrough has you placing randomly drawn tiles to build defenses on a constantly-growing battlefield with encroaching enemies.
To survive as long as possible, you’ll have to keep your wits about yourself and plan ahead while also adapting as new modifiers and challenges are introduced.
At the start of each play session, you’re assigned a stack of procedurally generated tiles to be placed on a hexagonal board to determine its layout.
Along the way, you’ll discover tile combinations can be used to trigger unique events, such as creating a forest, village, or body of water that will earn you points.
In Spirit Island, 1-4 players work together to defend their island from colonizing invaders looking to spread blight and destruction.
Embodying the island’s spirits, you’ll use a host of unique elemental powers to guide the native tribespeople as they try to drive away the enemy.
Designed for 1-5 players, gameplay sees you drawing and playing cards based on various species of birds with special traits that allow for powerful combinations.
The goal is to correctly pair your birds with one of three habitats to create synergies while attracting and discovering new ones to expand your deck.
Scythe: Digital Edition
A digital board game adaptation that needs no introduction, Scythe transports you to an alternate 1920s Europa ravaged by WW1.
Taking up the mantle of leader, you’ll command one of 5 possible factions as they wage war with “The Factory” using combative mechs.
The game offers both single-player and online PvP battles where the objective is to strategically build up your army using resource and event-generating cards.
Through the Ages
Another digital adaptation of a beloved board game, Through the Ages is a strategy card game conceived by award-winning designer Vlaada Chvátil.
In it, you set out to make history by leading a small tribe towards agricultural, technological, and governmental advancements one step at a time.
This can be achieved using hundreds of cards and taking different paths in both single-player and online PvP matches with crossplay support.
Carcassonne – Tiles u0026amp; Tactics
Carcassonne – Tiles & Tactics offers a modern take on the classic tile-placement board game with new 3D visuals, AI improvements, and exclusive content.
The premise is simple: players draw and place tiles representing cities, roads, etc. on a French landscape before assigning one of their follower “Meeples” to occupy the space.
Successfully completing an area with a Meeple on it will net the owner points but since they are limited in use, players must carefully plan out every decision.
Istanbul: Digital Edition
Another casual indie board game that can keep you and your friends entertained for dozens of hours, Istanbul is a faithful adaptation of the popular tabletop game.
The goal of each game is to become a powerful merchant by trading goods, taking control of assistants, upgrading equipment, unlocking special abilities, and earning rubies.
The digital version includes the original game’s ruleset while incorporating new features such as adjustable AI difficulties and cross-platform online multiplayer.
Du0026amp;D Lords of Waterdeep
Set in the D&D mythos, Lords of Waterdeep is a fantasy strategy board game that casts you as a secret society Lord tasked with ruling over the City of Splendor.
This is done through various shady back-door dealings and political moves that see you recruiting adventurers over the course of multiple rounds.
As you expand the city by purchasing buildings, new opportunities will present themselves in the form of cards that can be used to either help or hinder your fellow Lords.
Meant to be played by 2 individuals at a time, Twilight Struggle is a cold war strategy board game centering on tensions between America and the Soviet Union.
Assuming control of either nation, players will chart a course for world dominance by devising unique strategies to change the course of history.
This includes navigating real-world conflicts during the Cold War era while building up your military in online battles that support asynchronous multiplayer.
In it, you and up to 5 other players take on the role of greedy Gremlins competing for money, political power, and prestige at every turn.
To get a leg up on the competition, the game provides you with several options for growing your empire by investing money, stealing and extorting rivals, or getting them arrested.
This list wouldn’t be complete without giving a nod to Tabletop Simulator, arguably one of the best digital board games built for the modern era.
More of an open platform than a standalone title, it lets you browse through thousands of digital board games spanning every genre of tabletop gaming.
Games are set in physical 3D spaces where you can pick up, rotate, shake and even throw virtual objects at other players, should you so desire.
Sentinels of the Multiverse
Each game sees you working alone or with a group of friends to compose a team of heroes before pitting them against a wide range of formidable foes to save the world.
Heroes and villains come with their own playstyle, backstory, and motivations that lead to interesting combinations across 4 unique environments.
100% Orange Juice
This is due to the game’s randomly-skewed nature, which sees up to 4 players navigating a board with chance-based dice/card encounters, battles, and events.
Add to these unique character stats and abilities and you have a recipe for chaotic board game fun with unpredictable outcomes.
Ticket to Ride
In this game, you’ll have to work quickly and efficiently to build your railway empire by linking up cities and reaching destinations before your opponents.
This needs you to journey across the globe to encounter fresh obstacles in both individual and nearby/online universal multiplayer gaming.