Board Games With Movie Tie-Ins

Board games have long been a source of entertainment that just about anyone can enjoy. 

Monopoly, Scrabble, and Clue are some of the most popular board games. But over the years, as movies became a bigger part of popular culture, board game makers looked to take advantage of the popularity of movies by creating licensed tie-ins.

Here are some of the best board games with movie tie-ins. 

Planet of the Apes Board Game

The Planet of the Ape franchise has spawned games, books, films, and also a board game.

Based in the film’s universe where hyper-intelligent apes have taken over the world and enslaved man, the board game sees one to four players working together to overcome obstacles, avoid capture, and experience the film in a whole new way. What’s interesting is that each player takes control of one part of Colonel George Taylor’s psyche.

This poses many unique challenges, but the game is still meant to be fun. This is one that fans of the series will enjoy. 

E.T. Board Game

E.T. had a terrible video game tie-in, but the board game promises to be different. Following a string of blockbuster successes, Stephen Spielberg looked to the skies to create a more family-friendly film about an alien from another planet that meets a young boy. 

The game board is large, with several rings made up of tiles. Players roll a die to move E.T. around the board and collect chips. Players can also use special cards to gain an advantage. The goal of the game is to reach the transmitter first with the most chips while avoiding obstacles and losing chips. 

Coraline: Beware The Other Mother

Coraline is a stop-motion animated film based on the book by Neil Gaiman.

This is a cooperative game where players work together to help Coraline as she goes through the Other World to find and collect items needed to escape. Up to four players can play and take control of the Ghost Children who were captured by the Beldam (the Other Mother), but you only start with two characters on the board. As you play, you draw and play story cards that allow you to move and discover items.

Just make sure never to run out of cards or let the moon go too far, or you lose the game!

Blockbuster the Game

This is a fun one. The game lets you build your own miniature Blockbuster parking lot, complete with a sign, and two teams compete against each other by answering movie-related questions.

When you know the answer, hit the buzzer. Each team goes back and forth until one player runs out of answers. 

This one is fun for people who deep knowledge of movies. 

The Godfather: Corleone’s Empire

The Godfather is a novel and film that centers on Michael Corleone as he rises through the ranks of his family of mobsters. Both the book and film are rich and detailed stories, and the board game is no different. 

The board is a large map. Players take control of competing mafia families vying for economic control of organized crime networks in New York City. The game comes complete with detailed miniatures, including thugs, a don, a wife, and an heir. Select cards that include money, rackets,m contract, and special advantages and play them to gain more control of the board. The player with the most cash at the end wins.