The Best War Board Games of All Time

This. Means. War!  Defeat your enemies and vanquish your foes while playing these popular war board games. Battleship, Risk, Stratego, and Axis and Allies are some of the best war board games for kids. Do you have what it takes to lead an army? Command a cavalry? Conquer the opposing teams? Find out by playing these fun war board games! 

The games featured on this list include: Risk, Axis and Allies, Memoir ’44, Stratego, Chess, Battleship, Diplomacy, Commanders and Colors: Ancients, Shogun, Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie, BattleLore, Tide of Iron and Warrior Knights. If there’s a game listed here that you think is the absolute best one out there, please share your opinion and vote! Also, please feel free to add any games that aren't already listed.   

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  • Axis and Allies
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    Grand strategy wargame
      Five major world powers are struggling for for supreme rulership. 
    • Risk
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      Strategy game, Board game, Grand strategy wargame
        Earn troops and attack your opponents while defending your own territories. Try to take over the world! 
      • Chess
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        Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game
          Use strategic moves and lateral thinking to protect your queen at all costs. 
        • Diplomacy
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          Strategy game, Grand strategy wargame
            This strategy board game is all about cunning deception and strategy. Hatch your brilliant plans for world domination and form allies with other players.
          • Advanced Squad Leader
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            Advanced Squad Leader

            This game teaches Infantry combat on a tactical level.
          • Memoir '44
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            Memoir '44

            Learn about WWII, battle formations, and historical terrain with this game. Do you have what it takes to lead an army?
          • The US and the Soviet Union go head to head, each trying to make the world a better place according to their own ideaologies. 
          • Paths of Glory
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            Paths of Glory

            Recreate WWI with this strategic game. 
          • Commands & Colors Napoleonic
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            Commands & Colors Napoleonic

            History comes to life during this strategy game set in the Napoleonic time period. 
          • Commands and Colors Ancients
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            Commands and Colors Ancients

            Battle it out in the ancient worlds of Carthage and Rome in this fun strategy board game.
          • Stratego
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            Strategy game, Board game
              Devise a clever plan to steal the opposing team's flag. Use spies, deception, and battlefeild strategies to conquer all! 
            • Combat Commander: Europe
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              Combat Commander: Europe

              Two players command the Axis and the Allies in this WWII European Theater combat game. 
            • D-Day at Omaha Beach
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              D-Day at Omaha Beach

              The player controls the US troops stationed on Omaha Beach and tries to defeat their enemies.
            • Battle Cry
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              Battle Cry

            • 1775: Rebellion
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              1775: Rebellion

              Players take on the roles of the American Continental Army and Patriots against the British Army and Loyalists. Each side tries to control the provinces, territories, and colonies with the help of American Indians, the French Army, and the German Hessians.
            • Hannibal: Rome Vs. Carthage
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              Hannibal: Rome Vs. Carthage

              A strategic recreation of the Second Punic War in which players try to defend the Roman Empire against attacks. 
            • Shogun
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              Players in this game assume the role of the great Daimyo with all his troops. Each Daimyo has to develop his kingdom, secure points, and train his armies. The Daimyo with the highest number of points becomes Shogun!

            • Go
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              Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game
              • Fortress America
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                Fortress America

              • No Retreat! The Russian Front
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                No Retreat! The Russian Front

                This two-player game retells the story of the battle between Germany and Russia during WWII. 
              • Here I Stand
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                Here I Stand

                Here I Stand is a complex religious game in which players use cards to battle it out during the Protestant Reformation. 
              • Axis & Allies Battle of the Bulge
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                Axis & Allies Battle of the Bulge

              • Axis & Allies D-Day
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                Axis & Allies D-Day

              • Combat Commander: Pacific
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                Combat Commander: Pacific

                Learn about the combat situations in the Pacific Theater during WWII.
              • Supremacy
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