Strategy board games have been around for centuries. They sharpen critical thinking skills while friends and families enjoy a friendly battle of the wits. Whether it’s a one-on-one round of chess or a strategy game enjoyed with a group on game night, strategy board games offer a break from your computer screen while you explore different worlds and exercise creative problem-solving. 

We’ve rounded up 5 popular SimplyFun strategy board games that will spice up your next game night. So, get your game-face on and get ready to play!

Explore Different Planets with Planet Voyagers

2-5 players • 30 min

Three, two, one blast off! Travel from planet to planet as you strategize your way through the solar system. The journey begins at the sun, where players plot to play a card from their hand or launch their rocket. Compiling planetary data will give you a competitive edge over your opponents. The first player to reach Neptune or earn 12 points wins the game. Planet Voyagers will test your research and strategy skills as you oooh and ahhh your way through space exploration.

Brew Up a Winning Potion with Amalgam

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2-4 players • 30 min

If you are looking for a fantasy strategy game that stretches your planning and decision-making skills, explore the wisdom of the wizard with Amalgam. Where your pawn lands will determine your ingredients as you use strategy to create potions, adapt to obstacles, and make good use of your cards. Your use of memory will help you collect similar ingredients for a stronger result. The player with the best potion by the end of the game wins!

Test Your Planning & Spatial Reasoning Skills with Katachi

2-4 players • 30 min

Matching colors, shapes, and sizes aren’t as simple as this strategy board game sounds. Roll the dice to determine your play as you think on your toes to move your pattern pieces according to color, shape, or size. Planning and moving your tiles in multiple matches per turn is the goal. The strategy player with a stack of three matching squares in their corner wins the game!

Earth, Wind, Fire and Water with Matter

2-4 players • 40 min

Matter is a game of elements that requires critical thinking to control areas of the board for points. A cross between rock paper scissors and chess, you’ll use elements in this strategy game to make sense of problems and use critical thinking to solve them. Compete for score tiles by strategically placing your elements and markers. The player with the highest value element adjacent to a score tile will win those points, and the player with the most points at the end wins!

Plan It Out Then Dish ’em Out

2-4 players • 40 min

Rival diner owners hustle to seat and serve the morning rush of hungry customers that have arrived for breakfast. Different food types have longer cook times, so planning is everything. Players receive points for each successfully completed order and lose points for wasted food and incomplete or incorrect orders. The player with the most points when the flow of customers runs out is the winner. This fast-paced game will keep you on your toes, just don’t burn the bacon!

Whether you are planning your next game night, date night at home, or a competitive match at a family gathering, check out our strategy board game recommendations.