Head to the moon and take on some epic space adventures. These best lunar board games have a variety of different styles of play and experiences to suit everyone.
A new moon is the symbol of a new start, so why not start one of these lunar board games?
🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Lunar Board Games
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Playing time: 30-60mins
Nova Luna, meaning “new moon”, changes each turn with what the moon wheel has to offer.
Every decision has consequences in the future, so you’ll need to develop your strategy early and plan each round in this abstract tile-laying game. If you complete a task, you’ll be able to place one of your markers on it. Decide wisely which tile you choose as each tile brings a new task.
Playing time: 60-75mins
A game of deception and betrayal at the cold edges of space.
Dark Moon takes players on a deep space mining expedition to Titan. During an excavation, an ‘incident’ occurs. A few crew members become infected by a strange alien virus and become paranoid and violent.
Dividing into two teams: Infected and uninfected, each team has a goal they need to reach. The infected team needs to destroy all, while the uninfected simply need to survive. Each player knows which team they are on but doesn’t know which team other players are on. This is where it gets tricky, and trust and betrayal go out the door… the spaceship door.
Dark Moon is incredibly fun to play with friends as you roll dice and try to overcome traumatic events and banish friends to quarantine, all in the name of victory,
Luna: In the Domain of the Moon Priestess
Playing time: 60-100mins
Ever wanted to be a Moon Goddess? Now’s your chance!
Luna: In the Domain of the Moon Priestess begins with the Moon Priestess towards the end of her regency, it’s time for a new bearer of the burden of power. She’ll be watching to see who is trying to win her favor. Which order will prove itself worthy to be named her successor?
Each player represents an Order where you’ll need to gain area majority by moving and activating your workers into the best positions. Over six rounds, players need to collect as many influence points as possible. You’ll need to build new shrines, work at temples, and complete divine services.
In this strategic and challenging game, you’ll be tested from beginning to end while you change and develop strategies.
Playing time: 45mins
LUNA Capital makes the dream of living on the moon real… Well, that’s if you can make lunar living a reality.
Players are faced with an array of possibilities as they move full speed ahead with the construction of the next client base in the galaxy. Enterprising campaigns need to sponsor teams of scientists, builders, freelancers, publicists, and even entertainers to gain the moniker of the capital of the moon.
Players take turns drawing cards and tiles to place in their personal playing area. Whoever is able to best take advantage of their placement becomes the mayor of LUNA Capital!
Playing time: 40mins
The oxygen levels are falling while you are trapped on the moon due to a massive magnetic storm. Supplies are minimal and scattered around the surface. You and a team of astronauts must try to recover the supplies before the oxygen levels drop too low.
Moon Adventure is a cooperative board game where all players must work together to complete the mission of survival. Each turn, players roll dice and use their oxygen cards to receive action points. Move along the cards by developing your own route while gathering supplies.
Can you explore the moon while still making it back to the base unharmed?
Blue Moon City
Playing time: 30-50mins
Blue Moon City was once the capital of the land but is now destroyed, and reduced to rubble. With the war over, the people need to rebuild to return the city to its former glory. But only one can rebuild and rule, leading the capital to a new age of peace.
In this tile-placement game, Blue Moon City shows building plans on one side and reconstructed buildings on the other. An awesome addition is the three large molded plastic dragons!
Players help rebuild the city, placing reconstructed buildings on plans, receive crystals and dragon flavors that you can trade. Times are uncertain, so you’ll need to be the first to pay crystals to the Obelisk.
Catch the Moon
Playing time: 20mins
Like a dream, Catch the Moon takes you through the adventure of climbing through the clouds to reach the moon.
All you’ll need is a good sense of balance with some well-placed ladders Oh, and of course, a touch of imagination! The board game may seem simple but the moon is very sensitive and if she sheds even one tear, you could slip.
You’ll need to roll dice and make sure you stack and balance ladders correctly. The board game takes a lot of caution and a bit of risk to reach the magical moon.
Apollo: NASA Moon Missions
Playing time: 30-60mins
“You are ‘go for launch!’”
It’s time for you to take on President Kennedy’s challenge to walk in the footsteps of NASA’s pioneers for all mankind.
In Apollo, you can play as astronauts and mission control, working together to plan flight missions, overcome obstacles, and repair any technical problems that may occur. In this cooperative board game, you’ll have many tasks, whether playing from solid ground or the reaches of space.
Working together, players guide the astronauts through the perils of space, hoping to reach the moon. You’ll need to prepare and plot every move throughout the game to ensure a safe return back down to Earth.
Prepare for liftoff in T-minus 5…4…3…2…1…!
Welcome to the Moon
Playing time: 25-30mins
Set in New Las Vegas, you’ve built up neighborhoods for humanity to help the needy, now all you need to do is save humanity through space colonization.
Welcome to the Moon is a pattern-building game where you’re able to build your own narrative. Flip cards from three stacks to create a corresponding action that you’ll fill out on an adventure sheet. But time is of the essence, each player is racing to be the first to complete their mission.
There are eight adventure sheets that keep the game interesting and exciting. It also adds to a campaign mode of play!
Playing time: 60-120mins
Moonrakers is a game of deck-building and dice rolling. Players need to shrewdly negotiate to ensure their future in space. Although players are allies and united under one name, trust is shaky as power-hunger creeps in to become the new leader of the Moonrakers.
The game starts with diplomatic negotiation talks, sliding into full deception, mistrust, and hazardous encounters as you play action cards to fulfill contracts.
Beware of “friends” attempting to betray you or successfully betray them first. Either way, your ability to politically maneuver will win you the position of ultimate leader.
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We hope you enjoyed our list of the best lunar board games and card games about the moon! Like the moon, some of these games have their dark sides… but they are all good fun with a great gaming group and a thirst for adventure.
Have you tried any of the games on this list? Did we miss any of your lunar favorites? Drop a comment below and let us know! We’d love to hear from you.
To the moon and back!
Ready Player Christine. Since my first D&D game, which took a turn for the weird and wacky (probably my influence), the world of board and tabletop games came alive. Now today, I get to write about these fantastical, fictional, and downright fun worlds.