2015 Gift Guide: Games under $29
Over the past several weeks, we’ve provided you with several gift ideas for various individuals on your list. Today’s guide featuring Games Under $29 is our final guide of the season. A few of these games are targeted toward a more mature crowd, others focus on strategy and are geared at all ages. The themes range from pirate to word games. As the title implies, this list includes a variety of games each available for under $29 either on Amazon or direct from the publisher.
The holidays are upon us and there isn’t much time left to check everyone off your list, so grab a cup of coffee and peruse our various guides filled with games, toys, home and electronics idea!
Take to skies, cast your winged shadow across the land, and use your fearsome fiery breath to strike terror into the hearts of men. For you are a Dragon, an ancient and evil Wyrm, and it is your right to reign over this realm as you desire. Lay waste to the castles and villages that dot your territory, seize princesses, and hoard gold and jewels in secret mountain lair. But beware… you are not the only dragon trying to sear their name into the pages of history.
Smirk and Dagger Games
A treacherous card game for 3-6, Nevermore will remind you of traditional games like Hearts or Pass-The-Trash Poker, but is far more deviously designed to heighten social interactions and backstabbing-style gameplay. Gain the most of a suit and gain powerful special abilities that hand. Lose all your Health – and you could find yourself transformed into a Raven, where you cannot win until you find a way to restore your humanity!
Dungeon of Fortune
Tasty Minstrel Games
Dungeon of Fortune is a push your luck dungeon crawl for 2-6 players where you compete with your opponents for the best share of the loot. The deeper into the dungeon you go, the more dangerous it will be, but the more loot you will find. Gain experience from fighting monsters to level up, and keep a close watch for the infamous dragons!
Sheriff of Nottingham
Players take turns stepping into the shoes of the Sheriff, while others act as Merchants attempting to bring their goods into the city for profit! While many may act as honest merchants, there is always the possibility of contraband being smuggled into the city! This fun and engaging game is sure to keep everyone guessing, bluffing, and laughing out loud. Will you be an honest merchant and bring legal goods into the city or risk it all and try to smuggle contraband goods in for high profits?
The Grizzled is a fast-paced, fully cooperative card game for 2 to 5 players that takes place in the trenches of World War I. Already a bestseller in Europe, The Grizzled is an elegant game of avoiding threats and leading a team, and is regarded as one of the finest cooperative games ever made. Featuring beautiful art by French artist, Tignous, The Grizzled’s outstanding art is the perfect complement to its message of peace and enduring friendship. This game is perfect for a family of gamers or a group of friends.
In Thieves!, players vie to be the thief with the most money at the end of the game. On their turn, players draw a card and then choose a card from their hand to play. They can either play a money card to increase the value of a player’s stash, or switch up the game with a thief or police card. Thief cards alter a player’s loot, while four or more policemen trigger a raid! Throughout the game, getaway cars are drawn and placed on the table—when the seventh getaway car is drawn, the game ends, and the player with the most loot wins!
Grey Fox Games
In Captain’s Wager, players take on the roles of rogue airship captains sending their pirate crews off on adventures in search of treasure. Gamble for the largest share of the loot and use the special skills of your crew to outsmart your rivals! Captain’s Wager combines poker-like betting and hand management with the kind of clever card play gamers expect from a modern card game. It accommodates 2-5 players and plays in 30 minutes.
It’s the Game of YOUR Pictures… and YOUR Life! Lets face it, YOU have photos on your phone… maybe LOTS of photos! Do you have a snapshot from a BIRTHDAY PARTY? How about a picture from your VACATION? You have 30 seconds. Can you find SOMETHING HOT or a BIG MISTAKE in your photo library? Camera Roll is your reason to show off that SUNSET pic you took 6 months ago! Just find a photo that connects to the Category Card to earn points. Be first or best for bonus points! Will you have the winning CAMERA ROLL?!
NEFARIOUS™: The Mad Scientist Game!
Nefarious The Mad Scientist game is a strategy game by Donald X. Vaccarino. You are a mad scientist attempting to destroy the world. To do so, you must build terrifying inventions which require research, hard work, and espionage. Unfortunately for you, other mad scientists are trying to steal your evil glory by destroying the world first. Overtake your rivals and become the most notorious mad scientist in history!
Spit it Out
The hilarious party game where giving the WRONG answers to easy questions is not as simple as it sounds. Sometimes you have to give the right answers too, and a roll of the dice determines which questions you have to answer correctly. Think you can retrain your brain to spit it out in 30 seconds? Ages 10+
You are one of the cats in the back yard and the birds out there are all yours! All you have to do is play your cards right and best those other cats!
TELESTRATIONS® After Dark
Everything’s better after dark! Our favorite party game is all grown up. Telestrations After Dark is the adults only version of the #1 LOL party game Telestrations. Draw what you see then guess what you saw for hilarious, weird, irresponsible and just plain wrong outcomes. Telestrations After Dark is “adults only” miscommunication at its best!
Smirk and Dagger Games
A Pirate game of cunning thievery and ample turns of fortune. Draw loot from the bag and steal from the other pirates in order to gain the most valuable stash of treasure, but beware the Black Spot – for if you end the game with it in your stash, you automatically lose.
Jump start your neurons by playing one of several brain challenging games using the fun and innovative playing board of Go Bong!™ Play against an opponent or use one of the solitaire game rules to challenge yourself. Like its predecessor (FoxMind Games’ Last Mouse Lost), the playing area of Go Bong! consists of a rubber grid with raised “bumps” that can be pushed down with your fingers. Two players alternate turns pressing down one or more bumps in the grid, with these bumps needing to be in the same horizontal, vertical or diagonal row. Whoever pushes down the final bump loses.
Pass the Blame
Drop the ball, make an excuse, avoid the problem, Pass the Blame! Who’s to blame? Not you. In Pass The Blame players vie to make excuses, shirk responsibility, and generally act irresponsibly. Point the finger at your friends and family – it’s nothing personal! – and share why you’d lay the blame on them. The player who can pass the blame the best wins!
Winning Moves Games
Upwords has been sending word builders soaring to new heights ever since the game debuted in 1983. Now, the Classic 80’s version is back! The 8×8 gameboard grid and 64 letter tiles challenge players to think “upside” the box!game features hand management, unit placement and area control aspects with just a bit of “take that”.
Create your own journey with Tsuro: The Game of the Path! Place a tile and slide your stone along the path created, but take care. Other players’ paths can lead you in the wrong direction—or off the board entirely! Paths will cross and connect, and the choices you make affect all the journeys across the board. Find your way wisely and be the last player left on the board to win!
If you’re looking for games but are on a budget, this list of games under $29 should help you fill your list without breaking the bank. Look for the tiny logo on titles that we’ve previously given a full preview. The first contests in our 44 Days of Giveaways are starting to close, but we’ll continue to launch new giveaways each night until Christmas Eve. Come back daily so you don’t miss out!
36 thoughts on “2015 Gift Guide: Games under $29”
There are a few in there that I would love to try in our biweekly gaming day. “Pass the Blame”, “TELESTRATIONS® After Dark” and “NEFARIOUS™: The Mad Scientist Game!”. Thanks for being a great source to find interesting games to add to the collection!
We love family game night in our house. A lot of those sound right up our alley, too! Especially Camera Roll!
You always have the most interesting games that I have never heard of. We are big game players in this house so this would perfect for us. I want to get games for people for christmas.
Some of these look like so much fun! I love board games, we have a collection at our office and at home but I think some of these need to be added soon!
I love these games especially, Camera Role lol
Wow! There are some very interesting games on this list I’ve never heard of before. My family loves to play board games so I’ll have to see if they want any of these from Santa. 😉
Is it bad that I love all the games for irresponsible adults?? LOL!!!
We love to play board games as a family! I have not seen the game Spit It Out before, that looks like a game that my kids would love to play.
SO many great new games for me to try! I only have Tsuro and we love that one.
These are some awesome games under $29, I will have to look into getting a few. I really want to get our games up to date with some newer options!
I’ve always loved role playing games like these because they really allow you to use your imagination. I think they would make great gifts for the holidays too.
These all look like fantastic games. I will ave to take a look at a few for our family. We need a new game to play.
Camera Roll sounds pretty interesting. I have tons of photos on my phone, almost 3,000, in fact. I’m sure I’d have some that fit with many of the categories in this game.
I have never heard of most of these games! I should definitely look into a few for Christmas gifts.
Great list of gifts. I’ve never heard of any of these but I’ll have to look into them.
What a great list of amazing games. These are the perfect gifts for families who love to play board games.
I want some of these and have others already, I love a game night – my husband, not so much, but my kids are on board! I am definitely going to seek some of these out!
Upwords definitely is the game I would most enjoy–then that Cats game and a couple of the card games. I really should start playing games with my friends again. Hey–you are never too old to have a great time!
I already love Telestrations but Camera Roll sounds like it could be another really fun one.
Upwords and Spit it Out sound like a lot of fun!
Those are some great gift ideas. I would love to play that camera roll game.
Spit It Out so so fun! I’ve got a big family, and this sounds like it’s a great choice for my brood.
These are great ideas and very affordable, I’d like to have the Upword Game, my husband would love it.
Wow, I can’t believe I’ve never heard of any of these. Can’t wait to check a few of them out.
Sad to say i only own two of these so far.
Thanks guys! Cats is now on Kickstarter for any who are interested. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dphgames/cats-a-sad-but-necessary-cycle-of-violent-predator