TV and Movie games that are actually pretty good
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Ok, we all know the drill. A TV show or movie comes out. It's very popular so along comes the tie-in merchandise which also includes games which inevitably suck. Take Harry Potter for example. There must be several dozen Harry Potter games out there. How many have you played? Likely not many and if you have likely not more than once. It's sort of like my cooking. Nobody comes back for seconds.

There are exceptions however. They're the minority but there have been TV and movie games that have managed to break the mold and be pretty good. That's what this list is about. Boardgames with TV and movie connections that actually are pretty good games.

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1. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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One of my favorite games. I actually like the game better than the series.
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2. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:559]
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Twelve years on this game still has a strong following. Never played it myself but it is the second highest rated Star Wars Game on BGG.
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3. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
 
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The new Star Wars game out. Think Wings of Wars in the Star Wars universe which is not a bad thing.
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4. Board Game: Star Trek: Fleet Captains [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:411]
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If any title has more garbage games out there than Harry Potter it's Star Trek. This recent title is the highest rated of them. Haven't played it myself but read some reviews by people whose opinions I respect here on BGG and they were very high on the game.
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5. Board Game: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Game [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1673]
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My wife and I when we first got married watched Buffy together and we actually played this game with our business partners who also we fans of the show. Great game. There was also a UK Buffy game that was horrid from what I understand.
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6. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:85]
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Ok, I include this game on the list under protest because if I don't someone will add it so here it is. I protest for two reasons. First this game's original edition came out based on the books not the TV series and second I just plain don't like the game and this list is about good games.
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7. Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:280]
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A lot of positive Gen Con and Essen buzz has come out on this game!
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8. Board Game: War of the Ring Collector's Edition [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked]
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So much like Game of Thrones this was OBVIOUSLY a book before it was a movie. However, the first edition of this game was released in 2004, just a year after the last of the movie trilogy was released. In my opinion, there was a lot of influence on the game from the film trilogy. If not in the game's mechanical design, certainly in the art style and the marketing on the box.



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9. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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Although not actually licensed from a movie, this one's theme is from a genre that originated in films and basically only exists in films: Giant monsters attacking Tokyo and each other!

This isn't my favorite game but I do think it qualifies as "pretty good."
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10. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:105]
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I suppose it is largely based on the novels, but oh well! Great cooperative action in a card game that captures a small part of each adventure through individual card-driven scenarios. It has wonderfully immersive card art on each card and presents plenty of challenges to the players.

If you're a Lord of the Rings fan, it'll be difficult to simply ignore this one.
 
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11. Board Game: Assault on Hoth: The Empire Strikes Back [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:2502]
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Another Star Wars game that is actually a lot of fun.
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12. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1515]
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Enough with the Lord of the Rings games based on the novels. THIS ONE is based on the movie.

Yes, cheesy Elves are all over the place, at Helm's Deep (!) and Arwen has become a warrior.

This had a meteoric run, challenging Magic in the early '00s. Very innovative 'pay-in-pay-out' twilight pool mechanism. Respect for theme/narrative is a little lacking.

The release of each 'Block' of cards coincided with the release of each of the 3 movies.

In fact, this game started to fail when the movies were done, and Decipher tried to get into more of the novel-based stuff using props and pictures from WETA.
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13. Board Game: Star Trek: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3381] [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
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Star Trek has inspired a lot of good games.

Of course, the starship combat games tend to have starship combat that doesn't really act anything like starship combat does in the shows or movies, but we'll just ignore that little detail.
 
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14. Board Game: Harry Potter Hogwarts [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:5282]
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This one is actually pretty fun.... but then it is lego!
 
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15. Board Game: Star Wars: Star Warriors [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:2728]
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This is, without a doubt, my favorite of the movie inspired board games.

It's a bit crunchy, but, as I'm an SFB fan, I can handle crunch, and this one really is worth the effort. It really does a great job of resolving in a manner that can replicate the film's combat action... it does take several plays to get it down well enough to not feel slow.

Also, it has tie-ins for use with the WEG Star Wars RPG.
 
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16. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1683]
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Well, technically, it's based upon the Star Fleet Technical Manual, but really, it's based on the combination of TOS, TAS, and the SFTM.

And, for those who like it, it's one of the best Trek ship combat systems out there.

The supplements and later editions are their own thing, tho'... and go so far afield as to no longer really be based upon the sources.

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17. Board Game: Beowulf: The Movie Board Game [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2264]
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It's Knizia's Kingdom's with some extra Chrome, but that doesn't change the fact that it's a pretty solid game.
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18. Board Game: NCIS: The Board Game [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:12204]
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I haven't played this, but Vasel's video review made it look pretty decent.
 
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19. Board Game: Star Trek: Customizable Card Game (first edition) [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:4410]
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This CCG had its critics, but got better with additional rules, characters/races,and space vessels, and eventually included Deep Space Nine as well, providing an endless variety in gameplay.



The game is very true to the spirit and storylines of ST:NG, and the cards are beautifully designed and produced. But players need not be familiar with TV series to get totally immersed in its S-F universe.
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20. Board Game: Pokémon Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2484] [Average Rating:6.17 Unranked]
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I'm not ashamed to admit it. I played Pokemon back in the day and I liked it a lot. In fact, I was even a Gym Leader and organized tournaments. Being based on a popular property might guarantee some success for a game. But in order to stay around for almost 15 years and still go strong, the game has to be fun in its own right as well.
 
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21. Board Game: InuYasha TCG [Average Rating:5.62 Unranked]
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One of the better anime-based trading card games. I'll still break out the old school girl deck for this one and challenge my wife's Sesshomaru deck.
 
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22. Board Game: Highlander: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:7874]
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Another decent television-show based trading card game.
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23. Board Game: The Message [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:3221]
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1434423/reference
 
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