Gloomhaven is a fantastic, big box board game that you can play co-operatively

Cooperative Board Games

What is a co-operative board game?

The Board Game Box has brought you a list of the best cooperative board games for you to learn about and buy. From the titanic Gloomhaven dungeon crawler to the modern classic Pandemic, we have the best co-op board games to play with friends and family. A cooperative board game is one where all the players collaborate in order to beat the game and win, as opposed to the much more traditional board gaming rules that pit each player against one another to ensure there is one sole winner. Most cooperative board games will include rules that dictate how the game progresses to allow either the players to win or lose as a group. They must play as a group to prevent the board from reaching its winning (and for the players losing) conditions. A lot of these cooperative board games provide players with special abilities to aid them, like Pandemic and its various character cards.

Co-operative board games

Gloomhaven

Gloomhaven is a game of Euro-inspired tactical combat in a persistent world of shifting motives. Players will take on the role of a wandering adventurer with their own special set of skills and their own reasons for traveling to this dark corner of ...

1 - 4

players

60 - 120

minutes

12+

ages

Kingdom Death: Monster

Kingdom Death: Monster is a fully cooperative tabletop hobby game experience. Set in a unique nightmarish world devoid of most natural resources, you control a settlement at the dawn of its existence. Fight monsters, craft weapons and gear, and deve...

1 - 4

players

60 - 180

minutes

17+

ages

Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

Pandemic Legacy is a co-operative campaign game, with an overarching story-arc played through 12-24 sessions, depending on how well your group does at the game. At the beginning, the game starts very similar to basic Pandemic, in which your team of d...

2 - 4

players

60 - 60

minutes

13+

ages

Mythic Battles: Pantheon

Hera, tired of Zeus' infidelity, decides to take her revenge and releases the Titans on Mount Olympus. In the ensuing battle, the power liberated by the combatants ignites in a combustion that shatters the Earth. In the ensuing deflagration, the weak...

2 - 4

players

60 - 90

minutes

14+

ages

Too Many Bones

Too Many Bones comes loaded for bear by breaking into a new genre: the dice-builder RPG. This game takes everything you think you know about dice-rolling and turns it on its head. Dripping with strategy, this fantasy-based RPG puts you in the skin of...

1 - 4

players

60 - 120

minutes

12+

ages

Nemesis

Playing Nemesis will take you into the heart of Sci-Fi survival horror in all its terror. A soldier fires blindly down a corridor, trying to stop the alien advance. A scientist races to find a solution in his makeshift lab. A traitor steals the last ...

1 - 5

players

90 - 180

minutes

12+

ages

Aeon's End: War Eternal

Gravehold remains the last bastion of The World That Was. As the otherworldly incursions from the creatures known only as The Nameless intensify, a cadre of strange survivors emerge from the void itself. Will they be Gravehold's salvation or its undo...

1 - 4

players

60 - 60

minutes

14+

ages

The 7th Continent

It's the early 20th century. You have decided to sail back to the newly discovered seventh continent to attempt to lift the terrible curse that has struck you since your return from the previous expedition. In The 7th Continent, a solo or co...

1 - 4

players

5 - 1000

minutes

14+

ages

Spirit Island

In the most distant reaches of the world, magic still exists, embodied by spirits of the land, of the sky, and of every natural thing. As the great powers of Europe stretch their colonial empires further and further, they will inevitably lay claim to...

1 - 4

players

90 - 120

minutes

13+

ages

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

Description from the publisher: The world almost ended 71 years ago... The plague came out of nowhere and ravaged the world. Most died within a week. Nothing could stop it. The world did its best. It wasn't good enough. For...

2 - 4

players

60 - 60

minutes

14+

ages

Arkham Horror: The Card Game

Description from the publisher: Something evil stirs in Arkham, and only you can stop it. Blurring the traditional lines between roleplaying and card game experiences, Arkham Horror: The Card Game is a Living Card Game of Lovecraftian myster...

1 - 2

players

60 - 120

minutes

14+

ages

The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth

Embark on your own adventures in J.R.R. Tolkien's iconic world with The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth, a fully co-operative, app-supported board game for one to five players! You'll battle villainous foes, make courageous choices, and s...

1 - 5

players

60 - 60

minutes

14+

ages

Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

Description from the publisher: Mansions of Madness: Second Edition is a fully cooperative, app-driven board game of horror and mystery for one to five players that takes place in the same universe as Eldritch Horror and Elder Sign. Let the ...

1 - 5

players

120 - 180

minutes

14+

ages

Mechs vs. Minions

Mechs vs. Minions is a cooperative tabletop campaign for 2-4 players. Set in the world of Runeterra, players take on the roles of four intrepid Yordles: Corki, Tristana, Heimerdinger, and Ziggs, who must join forces and pilot their newly-crafted mech...

2 - 4

players

60 - 90

minutes

14+

ages

Mage Knight Board Game

The Mage Knight board game puts you in control of one of four powerful Mage Knights as you explore (and conquer) a corner of the Mage Knight universe under the control of the Atlantean Empire. Build your army, fill your deck with powerful spells and ...

1 - 4

players

60 - 240

minutes

14+

ages

Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

In Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game you are going to solve FIVE different cases and find out what connects them, you are going to BREAK THE 4th WALL by using every resource you can, you are going to browse the game's DEDICATED DATABASE simulating...

1 - 5

players

120 - 180

minutes

16+

ages

Aeon's End

The survivors of a long-ago invasion have taken refuge in the forgotten underground city of Gravehold. There, the desperate remnants of society have learned that the energy of the very breaches the beings use to attack them can be repurposed through ...

1 - 4

players

60 - 60

minutes

14+

ages

Nemo's War (second edition)

Jules Verne's classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea tells the story of Captain Nemo and his astounding ship, the Nautilus. The second edition of Nemo's War, Victory Point Games' popular solitaire offering from designer Chris Taylor, is ...

1 - 4

players

60 - 120

minutes

13+

ages

Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients

Shadows of Brimstone: City of the Ancients is a fast-paced, fully cooperative, dungeon-crawl board game set in the Old West, with a heavy dose of unspeakable horror! Players create characters, taking on the role of a classic Western Hero Archetype, s...

1 - 4

players

120 - 120

minutes

12+

ages

Pandemic: Iberia

Description from the publisher: Welcome to the Iberian Peninsula! Set in 1848, Pandemic Iberia asks you to take on the roles of nurse, railwayman, rural doctor, sailor, and more to find the cures to malaria, typhus, the yellow fever, and cho...

2 - 5

players

45 - 45

minutes

8+

ages

Chronicles of Crime

Chronicles of Crime is a cooperative game of crime investigation, mixing an app, a board game and a touch of Virtual Reality. With the same physical components (board, locations, characters and items), players will be able to play plenty of ...

1 - 4

players

60 - 90

minutes

14+

ages

This War of Mine: The Board Game

This War Of Mine: The Board Game is the tabletop adaptation of the award-winning video game that pictures the drama of civilians trapped in a war-torn city. You will enter this experience as a group of civilians trapped in a besieged and con...

1 - 6

players

45 - 120

minutes

18+

ages

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island is a game created by Ignacy Trzewiczek, the author of Stronghold. This time Trzewiczek takes the players to a deserted island, where they'll play the parts of shipwreck survivors confronted by an extra...

1 - 4

players

60 - 120

minutes

14+

ages

Eldritch Horror

Game description from the publisher: Across the globe, ancient evil is stirring. Now, you and your trusted circle of colleagues must travel around the world, working against all odds to hold back the approaching horror. Foul monsters, brutal...

1 - 8

players

120 - 240

minutes

14+

ages

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game, based on the four movies of the Alien series, is a fully cooperative game with original art. While based on the Marvel superheroes version of Legendary, the two games will be compatible but cannot be...

1 - 5

players

30 - 60

minutes

17+

ages

Dead of Winter: The Long Night

Dead of Winter: The Long Night is a standalone expansion for Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game that introduces the Raxxon location where horrible experiments will spill out into the town unless players can contain them. The game has players ...

2 - 5

players

60 - 120

minutes

14+

ages

Zombicide: Black Plague

Description from the publisher: Zombicide: Black Plague takes the zombie apocalypse into a fantastical medieval setting! The arcane powers of the Necromancers have unleashed a zombie invasion in the age of swords and sorcery, and it's up to ...

1 - 6

players

60 - 180

minutes

14+

ages

T.I.M.E Stories

Description from the publisher: The T.I.M.E Agency protects humanity by preventing temporal faults and paradoxes from threatening the fabric of our universe. As temporal agents, you and your team will be sent into the bodies of beings from d...

2 - 4

players

90 - 90

minutes

12+

ages

Codenames: Duet

Codenames Duet keeps the basic elements of Codenames — give one-word clues to try to get someone to identify your agents among those on the table — but now you're working together as a team to find all of your agents. (Why you don't alrea...

2 - 4

players

15 - 30

minutes

11+

ages

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

Game description from the publisher: "Crossroads" is a new series from Plaid Hat Games that tests a group of survivors' ability to work together and stay alive while facing crises and challenges from both outside and inside. &#...

2 - 5

players

60 - 120

minutes

13+

ages

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative adventure game in which the players attempt to complete a scenario, each with three heroes of their choice and a deck of allies, events and attachments to support them. Each round, players send th...

1 - 2

players

30 - 60

minutes

13+

ages

Exit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin

Everyone meant to use the cabin only as a shelter for the night, but come the morning the door has been secured by a combination lock, with no one knowing the combination of numbers that will let them leave. The windows are barred as well. An enigmat...

1 - 6

players

60 - 120

minutes

12+

ages

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 ...

2 - 4

players

45 - 45

minutes

8+

ages

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game is set in the Marvel Comics universe. To set up the game, players choose a mastermind villain (Magneto, Loki, Dr. Doom, etc.), stack that particular villain's attack cards underneath it, then modify the villain ...

1 - 5

players

45 - 45

minutes

14+

ages

Burgle Bros.

Burgle Bros. is a cooperative game for 1-­4 players. Players are unique members of a crew trying to pull off a robbery of a highly secure building — without getting caught. The building has three floors (4x4 tiles), each with its own safe t...

1 - 4

players

45 - 90

minutes

12+

ages

Just One

Just One is a cooperative party game in which you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique, as all identical clues will be cancelled! A complete game is played over 13 c...

3 - 7

players

20 - 20

minutes

8+

ages

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

The forces of evil are threatening to overrun Hogwarts castle in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle, a cooperative deck-building game, and it's up to four students to ensure the safety of the school by defeating villains and consolidating their defenses. ...

2 - 4

players

30 - 60

minutes

11+

ages

Space Alert

Space Alert is a cooperative team survival game. Players become crew members of a small spaceship scanning dangerous sectors of the galaxy. The missions last just 10 real-time minutes (hyperspace jump, sector scan, hyperspace jump back) and the only ...

1 - 5

players

30 - 30

minutes

12+

ages

Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

Beings of ancient evil, known as Old Ones, are threatening to break out of their cosmic prison and awake into the world. Everything you know and love could be destroyed by chaos and madness. Can you and your fellow investigators manage to find and se...

2 - 4

players

40 - 40

minutes

14+

ages

Mysterium

In the 1920s, Mr. MacDowell, a gifted astrologer, immediately detected a supernatural being upon entering his new house in Scotland. He gathered eminent mediums of his time for an extraordinary séance, and they have seven hours to make contact...

2 - 7

players

42 - 42

minutes

10+

ages

Mice and Mystics

In Mice and Mystics, players take on the roles of those still loyal to the king – but to escape the clutches of Vanestra, they have been turned into mice! Play as cunning field mice who must race through a castle now twenty times larger than be...

1 - 4

players

60 - 90

minutes

7+

ages

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories is a cooperative game in which the players protect the village from incarnations of the lord of hell – Wu-Feng – and his legions of ghosts before they haunt a town and recover the ashes that will allow him to return to life....

1 - 4

players

60 - 60

minutes

12+

ages

Pandemic: The Cure

Pandemic: The Cure, a dice-based version of the popular Pandemic board game, sets up in less than a minute and plays in 30 minutes. As in the board game, four diseases threaten the world and it's up to your team to save humanity. You and your team mu...

2 - 5

players

30 - 30

minutes

8+

ages

Arkham Horror

The year is 1926, and it is the height of the Roaring Twenties. Flappers dance till dawn in smoke-filled speakeasies drinking alcohol supplied by rum runners and the mob. It's a celebration to end all celebrations in the aftermath of the...

1 - 8

players

120 - 360

minutes

12+

ages

Sentinels of the Multiverse

A mad scientist holds the world hostage with his terrifying inventions. An alien warlord from a far away galaxy brings his limitless army of bizarre minions to conquer the planet. A giant rampaging robot cuts a swath of destruction across the coast, ...

2 - 5

players

30 - 60

minutes

8+

ages

Flash Point: Fire Rescue

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 ...

2 - 6

players

45 - 45

minutes

10+

ages

Forbidden Desert

Game description from the publisher: 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 i...

2 - 5

players

45 - 45

minutes

10+

ages

Hanabi

Hanabi—named for the Japanese word for "fireworks"—is a cooperative game in which players try to create the perfect fireworks show by placing the cards on the table in the right order. (In Japanese, hanabi is written as è&#...

2 - 5

players

25 - 25

minutes

8+

ages

Some of these co-op board games have players aiming to win as a group, achieving the same mutual goal like Forbidden Island, Arkham Horror The Card Game or Mansions of Madness. Whilst other examples of co-operative board games have multiple players playing together to beat a single other player in good versus evil style battles, such as A Touch of Evil, so it really depends what style of cooperative board game you are after.