Gather round gamers! I know we already looked at my Top 100 Games of all time, as of this year (which may or may not include some 2020 titles, guess you’ll have to see for yourself), but after a closer look at things I rated this year, I realized I had played a lot more 2020 games than I thought! So I wanted to put together a real quick Top 10 list for games that came out this year 🙂

10. Super Skill Pinball: 4-Cade

A super neat roll-and-write game where you really feel like you’re playing a game of pinball as you move your “ball” around the board and try to combo and unlock bonuses to increase your score! There are 4 different boards too, so plenty of variety!
My Rating: 7/10

9. Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game

A great twist on one of my favorite small box games! This takes the Love Letter system and adds a 1 vs many component (though it works okay at only 2 players too) and really wraps around the Marvel theme well. Really fun if you like the theme are are already a fan of Love Letter games.
My Rating: 7/10

8. Truffle Shuffle

A simple drafting and set collection with chocolates! It’s simple and streamlined, and uses the common overlapping cards method of drafting. It’s pretty to look at, and just a relaxing, enjoyable game.
My Rating: 8/10

7. Guild Master

Very solid fantasy game with a strong theme and a lot of mechanics that weave together well. Various strategies can all lead to victory, which leads for a lot of replayability. Recruit adventurers, upgrade your guild hall, and complete contracts as you compete to earn the most points!
My Final Rating: 8/10

6. Roland Wright: The Dice Game

A colorful roll-and-write about designing a board game; it’s all about filling your bit box with the best bits you need to make the best game. It’s smooth, turns play quickly, and I always have a nice time when playing.
My Rating: 8/10

5. Adventure Mart

A gorgeous deck-building game that really throws players into the theme of running a storefront. From hiring staff to buying equipment and merchandise, and to bidding to sell to adventurers, it has a lot of unique mechanics interspersed within the deck-building element, which make for a really fun game.
My Rating: 8/10

4. Hues and Cues

A colorful party game all about interpreting giving clues about, and guessing colors. It works best with a bigger (5+) group, and though it’s short, it’s just a really fun game that gets people thinking outside of the box for clues to give about different colors.
My Rating: 8/10

3. Empyreal: Spells and Steams

An amazingly produced game of trains and magic! There are a lot of different player powers, a lot of ways to upgrade your board, and a lot of paths to victory. It’s very different every time, and a lot of fun.
My Rating: 9/10

2. Sorcerer City

This game is super smooth to play and puts together deck-building with tile laying in a unique way. I love the variability with the tiles and monsters, and the real-time element for added pressure that feels exciting. There’s various settings for the real-time component as well, to help if you have a hard time with that.
My Final Rating: 9/10

1. Tidal Blades

Great worker placement + dice game with intense choices turn to turn, that really ramps up as you gain more player pieces for more turns each round. Very solid and intricate game of balancing your traits to improve your chances of victory.
My Rating: 9/10

Honorable Mentions

A few other games that didn’t quite make the list for various reasons, but that I wanted to mention because I still really enjoyed them, from this year were:

  • Scooby-Doo: Escape from the Haunted Mansion
  • Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power
  • Prisma Arena
  • Dream Runners
  • Inner Compass