Space board game deals 2023: Cosmic encounters on the tabletop

Terraforming Mars _Game in play front view
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If you’ve consumed every piece of sci-fi you possibly can and you’ve still not had enough of space, then check out these excellent space board game deals. From Star Wars and Dune to board game classics, space board games cover a wide range of skill bases and age ranges.

From games about escaping a dying planet and starting a new civilization to… games about leaving a dying planet and building a new civilization, the best space board games encompass strategy games, old favorites and more. 

And of course it wouldn’t be literally anything to do with sci-fi if there wasn’t a deluge of Star Wars content here too. Once you’ve loaded your cart with enough board games to keep you occupied until we actually start colonizing Mars, if you’ve still got a some cash left, be sure to check out our Lego space deals and our VR headsets deals guides too for an in-depth look at alternative ways to spend your credits. 

We’ve collected the best space board game deals from all over the internet, so whether you’re looking to invest in a hardcore new game to play with your committed group of friends, or you’re looking for something lighter to pull out on a rainy Sunday afternoon, we’ve got you covered. 

For more great space-themed toys and games, check out lists of the best Lego deals, or the best space games of all time.

Space Board Game Deals

now $48.12 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Risk Shadow Forces - Was $72.99 now $48.12 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

No two games are the same in this galactic take on the classic strategy board game. Featuring two massive maps, five detailed miniatures and over a dozen missions to take on, this is the perfect game if you’re looking to hide away after Christmas lunch and go on an epic adventure. Players shape how their world evolves, unlock new rules, and change the story each time.

now $111.35 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Nemesis - Was $149.99 now $111.35 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Save over $38: Nemesis is a hardcore space survival game for 1-5 players. Bluffing, backstabbing, and cooperation is the name of the game, although not necessarily in that order. Would you trust the people you’re spending the holiday break with in the vastness of outer space? We wouldn’t.

now $33.67 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

The Search for Planet X: Was 44.99 now $33.67 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Save 25%: Players take on the role of astronomers, participating in this real scientific investigation board game. With companion app integration, players can randomly select an arrangement of objects and a location for Planet X for fresh play every time. Great for up to four players. 

now $42.00 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

SolarQuest The Space-Age Real Estate Game: Deluxe Edition: Was $50.99 now $42.00 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 16%:
 Well, it turns out space wasn’t the one place not corrupted by capitalism (opens in new tab). Older players might remember the original version of the game, but this new version updated with new graphics and other quality of life improvements. Take over the galaxy, make profit and make sure your enemies crumble to dust. It’s a bit of a Dr. Evil simulator really, but it’s great fun and at a great price. 

now $55.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab)

Cosmic Encounter Was $59.95 now $55.99 on Amazon (opens in new tab).

Save 7% and pick either diplomacy or war in this strategy sci-fi adventure game. This thrilling game is designed for 3-5 players aged 14 and up with the objective of expanding your intergalactic alien empire. All players will own planets and it's down to individuals to outwit their opponents and forge alliances while battles rage on all around.

$69.95 (opens in new tab)

Terraforming Mars Board Game: $69.95 $57.65 at Amazon (opens in new tab).

Save 18% at Amazon on Terraforming Mars to compete with other players to transform Mars into a habitable planet. For one to five players, ages 12 and up. 

now $60 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Beyond the Sun: Was $84.95 now $60 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 29%:
What do these board game manufacturers know that we don’t? As Earth begins to die, it is time for humanity to look Beyond the Sun, which despite sounding a bit grim is actually an extremely fun civilization building strategy game. Research new tech, construct economic systems, and build a new home for humanity. Try not to ruin this one. 

Alderac Entertainment Group Space Base (opens in new tab)

Space Base: Was $44.99 now $31.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 29%:
A dice-based management game for 2 to 5 players, Space Base sees players take on the role of a Commodore of a space base. Draft new ships and use cargo vessels, mining ships, and deploy carriers to earn profits and expand your influence.

now $10.89 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

The Crew - Quest for Planet Nine: Was $14.95 now $10.89 at Amazon (opens in new tab).

Save 27% and grab a great price on this cooperative space game. Complete 50 different missions as you travel across the solar system in this cooperative trick-taking card game. For three to five players, ages 10 and up. 

now $28.45 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Race for the Galaxy Card Game: Was $34.99 now $28.45 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Players can save 19% and build galactic civilizations in this roughly hour-long card game. And once you ready for more, check out the Race for the Galaxy extensions.

Star Wars board game deals

now $30.94 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Star Wars Villainous: Power of The Dark Side - Was $39.99 now $30.94 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Save 23%: The latest in the long side of Disney Villainous board game expansions, this set allows you to play as Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, General Grievous, Asajj Ventress, or Moff Gideon along with miniature busts of each of the characters. In Villainous, players take control of one of the characters and each has a series of tasks they must complete to win. The first player to complete their task wins. Perfect for a nice family falling out this Christmas.  

now $18.90 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Monopoly: Star Wars The Mandalorian Edition Board Game: Was $44.99 now $18.90 at Amazon (opens in new tab).

Save 58%:  The Mandalorian Season 2 Monopoly, or The Mandalopoly as no one is calling it, is the latest in the long line of Star Wars themed Monopoly sets. Buy hideouts, win battles, and earn Imperial credits. The player with the most Imperial credits wins, but, because it’s The Mandalorian, it’s all about Grogu. If Grogu falls into the wrong hands, the game is over.  

now $95.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Star Wars Legion Board Game: Was $119.99 now $95.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Save 25%: Use the Force with this miniatures strategy game based in the Star Wars universe. You'll meet famous individuals such as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker as you marshal your troops for combat.

You can also pick up the expansion pack on sale at Amazon (opens in new tab) for $17.35, or 13% cheaper than usual. 

Dune board games

now $15.17 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Dune House Secrets: Was $45.00 now $15.17 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Save 66%:
Based on the 2021 sandy film, Dune: House Secrets is narrative-focused game that involves players making choices and completing secret missions against the other players. Sand not included. 

now $29.25 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Dune: A Game of Conquest and Diplomacy: Was $50.00 now $29.25 at Amazon (opens in new tab)

Save 42% and return to Arrakis, where the Spice must flow in this board fame from the popular Frank Herbert science fiction novel that has been made into feature films. 

Be sure to check out Space.com's space deals, or our guide to the best space board games of the year. 

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Jordan Middler is a Scottish journalist with a love for anything he can put on a shelf. With almost a decade of creating content about video games and tech, as well as five years as the chief voice of gaming for BBC Scotland, Jordan has recently turned his attention to all things LEGO, mainly so that when we reach the heat-death of the universe, he can build himself a lovely fallout shelter and wait for it to all blow over. If he’s not reviewing the latest games, or building LEGO, you’ll find him dusting his shelves in the eternal war with his greatest enemy, dust.

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