Don’t Buy Your Kid Fortnite: Monopoly This Cyber Monday

Don’t Buy Your Kid Fortnite: Monopoly This Cyber Monday

Fortnite: Monopoly is the top-selling board game on Amazon during the Black Friday sales. That’s not a thing I’m particularly happy about, don’t saddle a kid with Monopoly this Christmas just because there’s some Fortnite art on the board. Here are some better board games on sale right now.

Look, I get it, kids love Fortnite. Grabbing a Fortnite edition of Monopoly seems like a good idea, right up to the point where you remember that Monopoly is a terrible game. There’s no defending it, although there’s always someone that claims it’s better if you play by the rules. It’s not.

Instead, here are a number of great board games that are great for families or people looking for a way to start their board game collection.

Azul – $49.45

Azul has fast become a favourite around here with it’s simple, yet beautiful tile-drafting proving a consistent crowd pleaser.

Tiling a wall doesn’t sound like the most interesting thing to make a game out of but Azul is more about taking the right tiles at the right time. You can be a jerk and try to take tiles in a way that makes life difficult for your friends or just focus on what you need. It’s a great game for players of all experience levels.

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Sushi Go Party – $32.95

The adorable card game about putting together the perfect sushi dinner, Sushi Go Party adds some new card types to the already excellent Sushi Go. Taking all that is great about card drafting games and stripping it down to a joyful burst of board gaming fun. The quick play time means that you can bust out Sushi Go Party when you’ve got little else to do or while waiting around for something else to happen. It’s the perfect filler game.

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Codenames – $22.95

Another favourite, Codenames has two teams competing to see who can correctly guess all of their words on the board first. Each team is driven by their spymaster, who will give them single word clues to try and tie together as many words on the board as they can.

It’s a great way to test kids’ vocabularies and see just how well you know your friends. There’s also a picture based version and any number of licensed spin-offs.

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Ticket to Ride: Europe – $58.95

Ticket to Ride is the great Monopoly replacement. Instead of rolling dice and waiting for the game to be over, you’ll try to complete as many train tracks across the map before someone runs out of train carriages to end the game. Rarely outstaying it’s welcome and adding a few minor tweaks over the original Ticket to Ride, Ticket to Ride: Europe is the perfect starting point.


  • Ticket to ride Europe is in no way a good starting point, especially if you have any less than 4 players.

    Its harder to get, but for 2-3 players, might I point out Ticket to Ride Nordic Countries, which is much more player friendly for low player counts whilst still introducing later game mechanics.

  • I would argue a Fortnite crazed kid wants to play Fortnite, not a board game tie in that isn’t actually Fortnite.

  • Played a few rounds of Codenames at PAX – it’s pretty good. Might be a bit hard for <10yo’s though.

    Rhino Hero is great fun with a surprising amount of hidden depth! Highly recommend, even for younger players! 🙂

  • Carcassonne should be on everyone’s lists. It is an easy game to learn (especially if you don;t play farmers), and one with a lot of strategy for experienced players.

  • There are a few codenames versions that are aimed at younger markets, but it kind if feels like even the original would be fine for young kids so long as the two people giving clues are of a similar age.

    Love Letter is similarly great for young kids if you’re looking.

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