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Smart Collaborative Games

Collaborative games are a genre to themselves.  Where can you find a game that's fun, but requires the players to work together to win or lose as a team?  Here!  Note that a few of these are marked as "first collaborative games."  Those are the ones that are a little less complicated, and great to begin with.  Enjoy!

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Castle Panic by Fireside Games
You must work together to defend your Castle, in the center of the board, from Monsters that attack out of the forest, at the edges of the board. Trade cards, hit and slay Monsters, and plan strategies together to keep your Castle towers intact. The players either win or lose together, but only the player with the most victory points is declared the Master Slayer... Expand with Castle Panic: The Wizard's Tower
Flash Point Fire Rescue by Indie Games
The call comes in 911 what is your emergency? On the other end is a panicked response of Fire. Moments later you don the protective suits that will keep you alive gather your equipment and rush to the scene of a blazing inferno. The team has only seconds to assess the situation and devise a plan of attack - then spring into action like the trained professionals that you are. To win, players must rescue the victims trapped inside a burning building before the fire gets out of control or the building collapses... Great first cooperative game! Expand with 2nd Story, Extreme Danger Expansion, Urban Structures, Dangerous Waters Board Game and Veteran and Rescue Dog Accessory Pack
Forbidden Desert (2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up) by Gamewright
Gear up for a thrilling adventure to recover a legendary flying machine buried deep in the ruins of an ancient desert city. You'll need to coordinate with your teammates and use every available resource if you hope to survive the scorching heat and relentless sandstorm. Find the flying machine and escape before you all become permanent artifacts of the Forbidden Desert...
Forbidden Island by Gamewright
Dare to discover Forbidden Island! Join a team of fearless adventurers on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures from the ruins of this perilous paradise. Your team will have to work together and make some pulse-pounding maneuvers, as the island will sink beneath every step! Race to collect the treasures and make a triumphant escape before you are swallowed into the watery abyss! The latest creation by cooperative game master, Matt Leacock... Great first collaborative game!
The Last Spike by Columbia Games
Cooperate to build a continuous railway from St. Louis to Sacramento. Different routes are possible and some towns never get a railway link. Also competes to accumulate the most money from land speculation before the "last spike" is played, in this fast-paced game. Act quickly to grab the best land, but you also need to give your competitors a helping hand now and then so the railway gets built where you want it to go. Quick to learn, great fun for both kids and adults...
The Little Orchard Recommended (ages 3 and up, 1-4 players) by HABA
A cooperative color dice game with 3D cherry tree. The sweetest and juiciest cherries are hanging in Bertha Peartrees garden. The children help her to harvest them. But the cheeky raven also sneaks ever closer. Will the children harvest all the cherries before the raven has reached the tree?
Mice and Mystics Recommended by Plaid Hat Games (ages 7+, 1-4 players)
A cooperative adventure game in which the players work together to save an imperiled kingdom. They will face countless adversaries such as rats, cockroaches, and spiders, and of course the greatest of all horrors: the castle's housecat, Brodie. Mice and Mystics thrusts players into an ever-changing, interactive environment, with rich storyline that the players help create as they play the game. The Cheese System allows players to hoard the crumbs of precious cheese they find on their journey, and use it to bolster their mice with grandiose new abilities and overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. An unforgettable adventure adventurers will be talking about for years to come - assuming they can all squeak by... Expand with Downwood Tales and The Heart of Glorm
Pandemic by Z-Man Games
Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. But the diseases are out breaking fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures... Expand with On The Brink Expansion Board Game and In The Lab Expansion Game
Space Cadets by Stronghold Games
It is your first voyage aboard one of the best starships in Star Patrol. Taking control of one of the bridge stations, you are sure that this mission will be an easy one where nothing can go wrong, yeah right. In Space Cadets, 3 to 6 players take on the roles of Bridge Officers of a Starship. Each officer must accomplish his specific task in order for the team to successfully complete the mission. You might be the Helmsman, Engineer, Weapons Officer, Shield Officer, Sensor Officer or the Captain. If your crew can work together to accomplish the mission goals, you just might make it home in one piece.

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Last updated December 01, 2020

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