Good games under $25

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So I've been thinking about the games with which to start a collection. 

It occurred to me that when starting my collection, price was a very big deal. So tell me good games $25 or under. They don't have to be just for new gamers. 

Edit: please don't bring up roll and writes. Not because they aren't good, but otherwise that is all we will get. 

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Premium User16 months ago

I think you can get Azul for under 25 now, so that's a good one.

16 months ago

I’ve seen it at $18 once and sadly I missed my chance at getting it! Haha 

16 months ago

The fox in the forest

Struggle for catan

Santorini (usually lower than $25)

Premium User16 months ago

Man I love Santorini. The Fox in the Forest is great too!

16 months ago

I’ve never played fox in the forest but it’s been on my list for awhile!

Supporter16 months ago

How do you like struggle for Catan?

16 months ago

Never played it, but it looks like a fun way to quickly play a catan game!

Supporter16 months ago

7 Wonders Duel and Kingdomino are great and relatively inexpensive. Codenames is a Good one also. 

Supporter16 months ago

We’ve really liked 7 wonders Duel

Premium User16 months ago

I haven't checked prices on these:

  • San Juan
  • Blueprints
  • 7 Wonders Dual
  • Biblios
  • Isle of sky
  • Colt express
  • Dixit


16 months ago

What do you think of Isle? I like the artwork but don’t know much about the game.

Premium User16 months ago

I think it is a good game and pretty accessible (not too complicated). I like the mechanics, and for a tile laying game, I like it far more than Carcassone.

16 months ago

Cool that’s really helpful, thanks!

Supporter16 months ago

That does sound good. 

16 months ago

It does!

Supporter16 months ago

Haven't played San Juan. I here it is a simpler race for the Galaxy, so I think I would probably enjoy it. 

Have you played rftg?

Premium User16 months ago

I have and it is probably my favorite two player game (or at least it is close).

My understanding of this is that San Juan was created as the card game version of Puerto Rico. Then Race was made after San Juan as a more complex card version. Then later you get Roll for the Galaxy which offers a bit more flexibility and increased draw power to get your combos into play. I have all four games.

San Juan is definitely easier to learn than Race. Race offers more complexity and more paths to victory, but the iconography can be daunting to some people. The sell/trade phase split is also difficult for new people to understand. I still think it is worth the effort to learn. 

Yet of all four I think Puerto Rico is the most sublime gaming experience. It is virtually devoid of luck (other than banking on other people choosing certain roles). It really is a masterpiece. 

I enjoy all four and all four are staying in my collection.

Supporter16 months ago

Yes that was my impression. I really like Puerto Rico. But, I do not like the meta that grows up among some who play it. 

Premium User16 months ago

I second 7 Wonders Duel. Great game for a great price!

Supporter16 months ago

I have yet to play this. Not I really want too. 

Supporter16 months ago

Basically any Tiny Epic games.  I’ve enjoyed all of them.

16 months ago

I’vebeen wanting to check these out more, I’ve only played galaxies

Supporter16 months ago

I just received Galaxies and Beyond the Black.  Can't wait to play them.

16 months ago

That sounds great. I hope you enjoy it!

Supporter16 months ago

This is so true 

16 months ago

Star realms Frontiers (up to 4 players)

We didn’t play test this 

coup

resistance

one night werewolf and its expansions

kingdomino 

monopoly deal

dragonwood

Bang! The dice game

ice cool

im going to stop here haha

Premium User16 months ago

Oo yeah Kingdomino is great. Simple rules, easy to teach, quick to play, thinky but not overly so. And it plays well at all player counts!

16 months ago

Definitely, plus my wife likes to play it so that’s a win for me! 

Premium User16 months ago

Haha yes that always moves a game way up the favorites list.

16 months ago

Haha mainly because there’s not a ton of those!