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Best Survival Board Games

Survival board games give us a chance to experience the harshest of conditions in the comfort of our own homes. If you enjoy board games with exploration, adventure, war, and (of course) zombies, you’ll love our list. 

Put your survival skills to the test and try one of these best survival board games!

🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Survival Board Games

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Best Sci Fi

First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet
Nothing's quite as harsh and more difficult to survive than the big red planet itself. First Martians lets players attempt to survive and tame the harsh Martian landscape.

Best Thematic

This War of Mine: The Board Game
This War of Mine hits me hard. The survival story built is always fantastic but tragic. It’s a refreshing change to the genre and one of the most unique themes I’ve ever seen.

Best Overall

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
Robinson Crusoe is the big box master of survival games. It offers challenging gameplay that makes survival all the more rewarding.

#1. This War of Mine

This War of Mine Single Player Board Game

Players: 16
Playing time: 45-120mins

Tensions and fear are high around Pogoren. Civilians are just trying to survive another day.

This War of Mine is a board game adaptation of the award-winning video game about a group of civilians surviving a war-torn city. The board game centers around the experiences of surviving the merciless war.

Some struggles you’ll face are a lack of food and medical supplies, snipers, hostile scavengers, and the psychological torment of constantly living in fear. In this cooperative board game, you’ll be trying to gather supplies and keep everyone healthy while avoiding dangers. 

You can play with multiple players or a solo variant, and every game is different and unpredictable, allowing you to play every time differently.  

This War of Mine: The Board Game
  • This War Of Mine: The Board Game is the table top adaptation of...
  • TWOM: The Board Game features a multiplayer experience for up to...
  • Experience the simulation of a struggle for survival as a group...

#2. City of Horror

City of Horror Board Game Box

Players: 3-6
Playing time: 90mins

Ever wonder how your friends would act in a zombie apocalypse? Would they come together or turn against each other in the name of survival? City of Horror is a backstabbing zombie game that’ll give you answers.

Survival and negotiation are vital skills you’ll need as you’ll play as a group of humans faced with a zombie invasion. The struggle for the group to survive is important, but saving yourself is even more. You’ll have to negotiate, form alliances and betray your companions to ensure you don’t become a zombie’s dinner. The game is played in turns, each turn representing an hour of time before reinforcements arrive. 

City of Horror is a brilliant immersive game with high replayability. Give this board game a go if you’re looking for a horrific zombie scenario.

City of Horror
  • Survival and Negotiation game
  • Highly replayable
  • Intense and immersive

#3. Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island Board Game

Players: 1-4
Playing time: 60mins

Survive the cursed island and live! Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island is the ultimate survival board game.

Cooperation is a necessity as you are castaways on a desert island. Players will need to work together to ward off dangers and survive against all odds. You’ll be exploring the island, setting up camp, and uncovering secrets while you face different challenges. You can also play solo if you’re more of a loner wolf survivor. 

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island has seven different scenarios with different goals. In the box, you can play as castaways, rescue beautiful Jenny and escape the island, fight against cannibals, raise a family, track King Kong, just to name a few. Each mission is challenging and allows players to develop a unique story-telling experience. 

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
  • A Complex Cooperative Board Game For 1 - 4 Players, Age 14+, With...
  • Great To Play With The Family Or Enjoy As A Solo Strategy Game
  • Seven Different Scenarios Provide An Exciting And Highly Thematic...

#4. Friday

Friday Cheap Board Game

Players: 1
Playing time: 25mins

The character, Robinson, has come ashore on a deserted island. With hazardous conditions and no survival skills, you’ll have to help him fight for his life and survive. Your cards will play as Robinson, and you’ll need to help improve his habits, but the island works to exhaust people, so he’ll also become more clumsy. 

Friday is a solitaire deck-building game in which you try to optimize your deck of fight cards to defeat the hazards and brutal pirates. Once defeated, Robinson Crusoe can escape the island. 

If you’re looking for a game specifically designed for a solo survival adventure, Friday will be a perfect choice.

Friday: A Solo Adventure
  • 1-player game
  • Takes about 30 minutes to play
  • Unique and fun

#5. Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

Dead of Winter Zombie Surge Box and Card

Players: 25
Playing time: 60-120mins

An epic war of struggle, power, and survival. 

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game is a story-centric game about survival through a harsh winter in an apocalyptic world. You’ll be trying to survive while dealing with your own psychological troubles, as well as others. Work together, and the colony may have a chance of survival.

In this cooperative strategy game, players must work together to collect supplies, fight off threats and resolve crises within the colony. Players will have to make difficult decisions between what actions are best for the colony and what is best for themselves.

Dead of WInter has dozens of unique characters, so if you’re looking for a survival board game with a psychological component, this game will immerse you into the psyche of an apocalyptic survivor.

Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
  • SURVIVAL GAME: Dead of Winter A Crossroads Game is an experience...
  • STRATEGY GAME: Players must frequently make difficult decisions...
  • COOPERATIVE GAME: While the survivors are all dealing with their...

#6. First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet

First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet Legacy Board Game

Players: 1-4
Playing time: 60-90mins

Set off to a new world. Explore and try to survive. 

Built on the award-winning game Robinson Crusoe Adventures on the Cursed Island, First Martians: Adventures on the Red Plant puts players on another planet where they’ll have to survive the hostile Martian environment.

Essentially a worker placement game, players will place a worker to different locations to solve any problems, stopping potential dangers. You’ll be repairing buildings, studying specimens, and collecting supplies. The game is story-driven, so if you ignore an issue, the game changes, and you’ll have to deal with a much bigger problem.   

The board game also comes with an integrated app to further immerse players into the experience. Bring your A-game, because First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet can be deceptively challenging.

First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet
  • 3 basic gameplay modes and 3 campaign modes
  • 1 to 4 players
  • 60 - 90 minutes playtime

#7. Zpocalypse / Zpocalypse 2: Defend the Burbs

Zpocalypse Board Game

Players: 1-4
Playing time: 100mins

Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, Zpocalypse is a zombie survival game with a brilliant transformable board. 

Players start out in a fallout shelter and have to make their way to a base location running through sewer graters and underground tunnels. Survivors try to make it day-by-day while the walking dead take over. Players will need to collect the usual survival kit items, food, guns, ammo, medical supplies, and much more. 

While scavenging for what’s left, each player controls a squad working to fortify the base, but the barbed wire won’t hold out for much longer. Your character needs to earn victory points by defending, defeating, and completing goals to win the game. 

Who will be soldiering the best quad across the wasteland?

#8. Forbidden Island / Desert / Sky

Forbidden Board Game Versions - Island, Desert, and Sky

Players: 2-4
Playing time: 30mins

Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, and Forbidden Sky will take you on an epic adventure… if you dare? 

In Forbidden Island, you’ll be joining a team of daring adventurers on a do-or-die mission. You’ll be discovering new locations venturing further into the island, working together every step of the way. Can you collect all the treasure before you are swallowed into the abyss?

Forbidden Desert has a similar premise: cooperate and survive. It takes you to an ancient desert city where you’ll need to recover a legendary flying machine. Can you escape before you became permanent artifacts left in the ancient ruins? 

All three of these games challenge you as they pit you against hazardous and relentless conditions while you try to explore or escape. 

#9. Survive! Escape from Atlantis

Survive! Escape From Atlantis Family Board Game

Players: 2-4
Playing time: 45-60mins

Who will manage to reach dry land?

Survive! Escape from Atlantis is set in the early 20th century, a time of exploration. Atlantis has been discovered, and there are rumors of riches. Having collected the treasure, you’re ready to head home; that’s when the city of Atlantis begins to sink. 

Players will try to avoid their terrible fate by fighting sea serpents, whales, and sharks, ready to attack. Survive! Escape from Atlantis is an excellent light-strategy game that’s great for a family to play.

Survive! Escape from Atlantis
  • THRILLING ADVENTURE GAME: It’s early 20th century The...
  • STRATEGY BOARD GAME: In this cutthroat survival game, players...
  • CHALLENGING AND COMPETITIVE: Each player controls ten people that...

#10. Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game

Last Night on Earth Zombie Board Game

Players: 2-6
Playing time: 60-90mins

Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game is a hero vs. zombies showdown.

In this fast-paced game, small-town heroes will fight to survive brain-eating zombies. Players take on the roles of heroes, coming together to make it through the night. Featuring a modular board and eight heroes to choose from, you can play several different scenarios, which could all be your last night on Earth. 

Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game is made to be a sort of B movie zombie film so expect typical sheriff, jock, and cheerleader characters that give the game a cinematic horror movie feel.

Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
  • For 2-6 players
  • Takes 60-90 minutes
  • Modular game boards


We hope you enjoyed our list of the best survival board games! Would you survive these scary scenarios? Have you tried any of the games on this list? Drop us a comment below and let us know which survival board game is your favorite (or which ones we missed). We look forward to hearing from you!

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