Staff Picks- Spooky Edition!

by: on October 21, 2020  |  

The staff at Meeples Games has put together a list of their favorite spooky games just in time for Halloween! Some of these games may not be in stock at the moment, but we can always order it for you!

Arkham Horror Board Game-Nichole Davis

  • Name of Game: Arkham Horror
  • Publisher: Fantasy Flight
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Type: CO-OP Adventure
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Play Time: 1.5-2 hours
  • Number of Players: 1-8, works best with 4
  • Bits:  Great, art and quality of pieces and cards are really nice.
  • Overall Rating (out of 5): 5 Meeples

Arkham Horror is one of my favorite co-op games. It’s spooky and creepy and you really have to work together to win. One of the more interesting aspects of the game is that your characters can die or go irrevocably insane, forcing you to choose a new person to continue the game as. It is steeped in the Cthulhu mythos and a roaring 20’s aesthetic with an almost infinite amount of replayability due to the plethora of character options and scenarios. If this sounds awesome, check out Arkham Horror Final Hour.

Mysterium- Boyce Asquith

  • Name of Game: Mysterium
  • Publisher: Libellud
  • Year Published: 2015
  • Type: Murder/Mystery, Cooperative
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Play Time: 40 minutes
  • Number of Players: 3-7
  • Bits:  Nice Cards, Cardboard bits
  • Overall Rating (out of 5): 4.25 Meeples

Mysterium is a mystery game where one player assumes the role of a ghost who cannot talk while the rest assume the roles of mediums helping the ghost figure out who killed it. The ghost has seven rounds to supply the mediums with visions, via paintings on cards, that inform them of what killed them, who killed them, and where they died. It can be a struggle as the medium to decipher what the “vision” the ghost sent you is supposed to mean, while as the ghost you can find yourself with a suboptimal set of visions to hand out. I think that is part of the fun and charm of the game.

Dead Man’s Cabal-Maddie Schenck

  • Name of Game: Dead Man’s Cabal
  • Publisher:  Pandasaurus Games
  • Year Published: 2019
  • Type: Strategy Game
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Play Time: 90 minutes
  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • Bits:  sanctum board for necromancy, guest cards, runes, and skull and bone pieces, oracle and scriptorium markers
  • Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Meeples

The goal of Dead Man’s Cabal is to bring the dead back to life and throw a party better than your competitor. Spooky aesthetics and necromancy, count me in! My favorite part of the game is the guest cards; many of them have a likeness to dead celebrities and the art is really nice. I also love the little bone pieces that you use to do rituals, buy runes and guest cards. The only qualm I have is that the rules are a little complicated for such a light strategy game, but that is what Youtube is for.

Campy Creatures- Dani Kennedy

  • Name of Game: Campy Creatures
  • Publisher: Keymaster Games
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Type: Hand Management, Bluffing, Family
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Play Time: 30 minutes
  • Number of Players: 2-5
  • Bits:  Amazing card art in the campy horror genre
  • Overall Rating (out of 5): 4 Meeples

From the makers of Space Park (another of my favorite games), Campy Creatures is a great quick game with incredible card art! In this game you will play as a mad scientist deploying monsters in order to collect mortals. This game is a really fun and quick. It is also small so it is easy to pack in a bag for travel purposes. There is also an expansion, but I haven’t played with it yet!