We thought it would be interesting to do a little digging into the statistics provided by Amazon of what our readers were buying. SahmReviews has always been proud of featuring games we actually want to play (or don’t, and we’ll say so). We do realize that not every game speaks to every player. To that end, we try to cover as many different game types, genres and themes as possible in the hopes that a couple will speak to you.
Our articles almost always have handy links available so you can make an instant purchase. These lead to online merchants such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble and eBay, as well at to the publisher’s site for direct purchase (of course we also recommend supporting your local game stores if they’re friendly enough!). As a result, we help sell a LOT of games. As I pen this article, I’m looking at data from January 1st through the end of November. I’m focusing on just one retailer, Amazon, since they’re who we sell the most through and represents 80% of our referral traffic.
In that number are a few non-game items that people throw into their carts along with a game or two. There are more than 1,500 different items, the vast majority being board games! It’s fascinating to look through all the orders and figure out which ones are the best-sellers. This is the first time we’ve compiled data in this manner, and after comparing it to 2018 data, we found out that there are quite a few that continue to have interest year after year!
But we’re not focused on the past. At least not anything further back than 2019. This is a list, in order, of the top 10 games most purchased by our readers!
#1 – Rubik’s Race
It’s a head-to-head puzzle game that combines the strategy of the Rubik’s Cube with frenzied face-to-face play. How fast can you match the pattern on the frame with your own colored tiles? Shake up the scrambler to create a new pattern, then slide your tiles as fast as you can to match it while your opponent does the same.
#2 – Thanos Rising
Thanos Rising: Avengers Infinity War is a cooperative dice and card game for 2-4 players. In the game, players will recruit heroes and assemble a team to face off against Thanos and his villainous forces in an effort to thwart him from accomplishing his master plan – collecting all six Infinity Stones to power the Infinity Gauntlet and wreak havoc on the very fabric of reality.
#3 – Legendary: Marvel
In Legendary, players take on the roles of Marvel heroes, including the Avengers and X-Men, and team up to defeat an evil Mastermind. The players have to defeat the likes of Magneto, Loki, Dr. Doom, or Red Skull to win the game – if they do, the players are ranked by the most Victory Points accumulated during play. Because of this, Legendary has a cooperative feel.
#4 – 5-Minute Marvel
Appeared in: 10 More Marvel-Themed Board Games
Get your adrenaline pumping and your superpowers ready with the fast-paced, cooperative card game, 5-minute Marvel. Choose to play as one of ten Marvel heroes and join forces with the other players to battle six nefarious bosses. Along the way, thwart an endless stream of villains, minions and goons—there’s no shortage of evil out there! Use resource cards, action cards and special abilities to defeat the first boss, green Goblin, before time runs out.
#5 – Hibernia
Set in Iron Age Ireland, Hibernia is a fast, simple wargame with strong European-style mechanics. It depends on well-balanced and clever play rather than pure aggression. Die rolls restrict when players can attack or reinforce their positions, and a unique scoring mechanism changes the resources which players need to score points each turn, keeping player positions dynamic.
#6 – Luck o’ the Dice
Luck O’ The Dice is a game of dice, cards, and coins for 2-4 players (ages 7+). The object is to accumulate the most coins by completing dice cards, rolling Pot O’ Gold combos, and stealing coins from other players. Average play time is 20-35 minutes.
#7 – Marvel Codenames
The Marvel Edition of Codenames combines the hit social word game with the Marvel Universe including Spider Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers and Doctor Strange. Opposing teams, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra, compete to be the first to identify all of their team’s ‘field agents’ from 25 Code cards displayed in a 5×5 grid.
#8 – Christmas Lights Card Game
Appeared in: 15 Christmas Themed Games
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time to open up the boxes of Christmas decorations, untangle the lights, replace broken bulbs, and decorate the tree. To have a bit of fun, you’ve decided to compete with your fellow decorators to see who can build their sets of lights the fastest. Sift through the bulbs, exchange information, and arrange them in the right order as you trade and build your strands. Ho ho ho! Players swap, play, trade and draw Christmas Light Bulbs into their own sets of lights in an attempt to be the first to complete two sets.
#9 – Codenames
Appeared in: 7 Games That Support 7 Players
Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.
#10 – Hail Hydra
Appeared in: 10 More Marvel-Themed Board Games
This action-packed game brings scheming, sabotage and the Marvel Universe to game night! Team up as Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. heroes to protect New York City from a barrage of villains. It’s no easy task as secret Hydra agents have infiltrated your team! Figure out who they are and retrieve the Cosmic Cube from the evil Red Skull to complete the mission.
Exactly half of the best-selling games from last year fell under the Marvel license! And the top spot (Rubik’s Race) was certainly buoyed by continuing popularity of our viral video showing how the game is played. It’s about to break through 7 MILLION total views! But overall I don’t think you’ll see too many games that you don’t already recognize. It will certainly be interesting to see what next year’s most popular (to our readers) will be!
What was your favorite game of 2019?