Board games promote healthy competition, and that is fun! But all of us have battle scars (mine from childhood) from playing with overly competitive people, sore losers, mean winners and table flippers. Sometimes a cooperative game is just what you need to enjoy board gaming again. These games allow you to work together against the game itself and either win or lose as a team.
These games have a more mature theme and could be scary for younger kids, so we definitely recommend them for families with teens, friend or date night meetups.
Published by Wizards of the Coast
Betrayal at House on the Hill is a cooperative game where you are trying to solve a mystery together while the house actively tries to destroy you all. You will explore spooky rooms and discovery grisly secrets, pick up weapons and find hidden passageways. This cooperative game, however, has a twist! At some point you will discover that one of your very own party members is working against you give the house an upper hand and thwart your efforts to save the world.
This game is for 3-6 players ages 12+. Play time is about 60 minutes.
Published by Plaid Hat Games
If you like post apocalyptic zombie survival scenarios, you will like Dead of Winter. In this game, you play a group of survivors, huddled together in a warehouse-style bunker. You and your comrades are trying to make sure you have enough food and supplies to keep up morale in an otherwise bleak situation. To make matters worse, you continue to find new survivors who take up resources and create complications.
You play characters with a variety of strengths and weaknesses and have to work together to solve a plot-style scenario that threatens the colony. Similar to Betrayal at House on the Hill, everyone has a secret objective and some of these secrets might threaten the colony and work against the plot. Meanwhile, you explore outside locations, fight zombies and take out the trash.
This game is for 2-5 players ages 14+. Play time is between 45 minutes and 2 hours.
Published by Fantasy Flight Games
Elder Sign is a game inspired by Lovecraft’s mythologies complete with madness and monsters and a race against time. Players take on the role of investigators in the 1920s at a museum filled with arcane curiosities and portals to other dimensions. This game takes a lot of luck, as you are making rolls to fulfill certain criteria to close locations and win the game before dying, losing your mind or having the Elder One raise and destroy the world.
This game is truly cooperative, and is a shorter version of the Arkham Horror board game played with card and dice only.
Play Elder Sign with 1-8 players ages 13+. Play time is about 90 minutes.
If you would like to hear more about these games from the Masterminds, watch our video, What We’re Playing This Week to learn more, or visit us in the Swansea Mall to try them out for yourself!