The Best New Board Games in 2022
The Covid-19 pandemic threw board game design and distribution off its track for a few years, slowing down releases that should have made it out earlier. However, the pandemic also dramatically increased interest in board games, as people suddenly found themselves at home more often and with a bit more free time on their hands sans a ridiculous commute.
Board game complexity has also been on the rise over the last twenty years, with a huge field of games entering development and getting published. These frequently offer new twists on classic mechanics, but some diverge, taking inspiration from different mediums, mixing media with technological integrations, or challenging players to approach their games in novel and more immersive ways.
2022 looks like a great year for board games of all types and styles, as we finally see the release of some games that have been in development for a long time, as well as tie-ins to big names in the pop-culture sphere (such as the Marvel franchise or the videogame scene). Others are new takes on classic games and game styles, rewarding players who love the tried and true systems with something that feels at one fresh and nostalgic.