Risk is without a doubt the best known and loved, map based board game, of all time. And, while it may not be the highest rated strategy board game, it remains a must-own classic.
However, there’s no reason to limit yourself to the standard board!
Below we look at the 27 best Risk board game versions ranked from best to worst based on real player reviews from Boardgamegeek.com.
1. Risk Europe
Description: Control the crowns, control Europe in this exciting game of Medieval conquest. The Risk Europe game challenges you to step into the role of a medieval king as you set out to conquer Europe.
The game features 4 separate armies and 7 unique kingdoms–each with its own strengths and abilities.
Taking on the role of a medieval king, players set out to rule feudal Europe by building castles, taxing their subjects, expanding their territories, and engaging in battle.
Strategic conquest in the Risk Europe game revolves around players choosing cards that determine actions and directives for their armies. The first player to conquer 7 of the Gold Crown Cities wins. Remember, in the end, only 1 king will be victorious!
2. Star Trek 50th Anniversary Edition
Description: Space, the final frontier! q has brought together Captains Kirk, Picard, sisko, janeway and Archer to see which of them would be the best commander in Star fleet.
Join the adventure as you take on the role of a Captain, assemble your away team, command your ships, and complete quests in an epic journey across the galaxy.
3. Risk Legacy
Description: How will you shape your world? In Risk Legacy, every game you play will change every future game.
A decision you make in Game 1 could come back to haunt you in Game 10. The risks you take in Risk Legacy are not like those in any other board game.
You and the other players will shape how your world evolves: its history, its cities, even its factions and how they fight.
Cards and stickers will come into play. Cards will go out of play forever.
You don’t forget past betrayals — and neither does the game. Unlock new rules and watch events unfold as you play more games.
No two games will ever be the same. Play your game. Write your history.
4. Star Wars Edition
Description: This Risk: Star Wars Edition game lets players re-create the dramatic final moments of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
Featuring gameplay for 2 or 4 players across a TIE fighter-shaped gameboard, players can determine the fate of the Star Wars universe through 3 concurrent (yet distinct) battles.
Choose to play as either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire, and use the classic Risk dice to control characters and ships. The object of the game is to defend or destroy the Death Star.
Which side will win: the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance?
In this suspenseful game, there are 3 battles going on simultaneously: the attack on the Death Star, the shield assault, and the battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
Opponents choose to either be a Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire player. The mission of the Rebel player is to destroy the Death Star, but first they must destroy the shield generator protecting it on Endor.
The Rebel player must be careful that the Emperor and Darth Vader don’t destroy Luke, though, as that will tilt the game to the dark side.
The Empire player’s mission is to defeat all Rebel ships before they destroy the Death Star.
The Empire player must stop the Rebels from destroying the shield generator, and make sure Luke doesn’t destroy Darth Vader or worse, redeem him and strengthen the Rebels’ assault.
5. Game of Thrones
Description: Game of Thrones Risk, based on the epic HBO series, features two ways to play, including factions of noble Houses vying for control of Westeros during the time of The War of the Five Kings, as well as Daenerys Targaryen’s rise to power in Essos.
6. Metal Gear Solid
Description: The Metal Gear Solid Risk Collector’s Edition is the first and only board game that allows die-hard Metal Gear fans to take command of a Private Military Company, hire mercenaries and battle for world supremacy in classic Risk fashion.
War has become privatized. Five Private Military Companies (PMCs) have risen to power. It is an age where conflict occurs via proxy wars. National leaders no longer have to risk any of their own people or soldiers; they must instead finance their conflicts by hiring PMCs.
Because of the military might of the PMCs and the effect they have on the economy, war is to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th: the pillar that supports the global economy.
Emotion and loyalty of each PMC are removed from which nation they will represent or which ideology they fight for in any given battle. It’s purely an economic choice. Which PMC will rise above all others through strategic conquest?
7. Risk: Black Ops
Description: Limited Edition of Risk. Only 1000 made.
8. The Walking Dead – Survival Edition
Description: The Walking Dead Survival Edition, a brand new map set in the Southeastern region of the United States where players battle and scavenge for their very lives within 32 territories.
Fighting for survival at every turn, gamers must not only fend off attacks from the living that compete for precious, limited resources, but they also must maintain their self-preservation from the unrelenting hordes of the undead that would feast upon them.
Zombies, also known as “Walkers” in The Walking Dead, will populate areas of the map and will continue to randomly spawn at the start of each players turn providing increased danger for the players.
A new deck of “Supply Cards” will add strategy, fun and flavor to this classic tabletop game and “Event Cards” which reference story events from The Walking Dead provide players with challenges with potential rewards and penalties to create even more suspense filled interaction.
The tokens, dice and cards represent essential The Walking Dead items that are used to strategically plan and execute plans of attack and build defense throughout the game.
9. Risk 2210 A.D.
Description: The world is at war. As the leader of one of the warring factions, you control the destiny of your people. On and above earth you must marshall your forces, send forth your troops, hit the right commanders and crush your enemies.
Build alliances if you dare, but also be wary of those who you call your friend. Spend your energy wisely. Enlist the right commanders with the right commands and you can gain the power you need to conquer the world and beyond.
This advanced version of RISK from Avalon Hill contains more strategic play, extending the game theme 200 years into the future when the world’s countries are at war. The game contains over 450 military pieces, plus five decks of Command Cards for tactical purposes.
10. Mass Effect Galaxy at War Edition
Description: Battle for the fate of the galaxy. Led by Commander Shepard, a rag-tag army of the best and brightest soldiers in the galaxy is marshalled against the Reapers to ensure the light of civilisation never goes dark now in Mass Effect Risk.
Choose one of three factions, each with its own victory conditions, to battle for the fate of the universe. Special Features Custom galaxy map that brings the Mass Effect world to life 2 games in one – New Risk game play mechanic also works as a standalone mini game.
Game Play An ancient race, known as the Reapers, has launched an all-out invasion leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.
Earth has been taken; the Galaxy is on the verge of total annihilation.
The price of failure is extinction. Players choose to play as the System Alliance, Reapers or Cerberus and battle for the fate of the Galaxy. Includes a bonus mini-game that works within the larger game or on its own.
11. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition
Description: The classic game of conquest travels into Middle-earth with this special edition of Risk. Adapted after the battles waged in The Lord of the Rings, it features a highly detailed Middle-earth game board drawn by an official cartographer from the film, and a gold-tone pewter replica of The Ring.
Choose to command a Good or Evil force, unite your armies and go into battle with specially sculpted characters, representing Elven Archers, Riders of Rohan Orcs, Dark Riders, Eagles and Cavetrolls.
Play by classic Risk rules or add in The Lord of the Rings twists.
Uncover ancient Sites of Power around Middle-earth, maximize your powers before the Fellowship leaves the land, and use your leader to aid you in this time-honored game of strategy and daring.
12. StarCraft Collector’s Edition
Description: The war for galactic supremacy begins NOW! Includes 4 ways to play; Basic Training – quick and easy, Command Room – fast-paced and strategic, Total Domination – updated versions of the classic game, Team Play – take on your opponents in 2 v 2 and 3 v 3 game-modes.
Game comes complete with 333 game pieces. Custom components include 2 Terran Armies, 2 Protoss Armies, 2 Zerg Armies, 6 Leaders, 6 Custom Bases, 15 Custom Mineral Fields, 42 Faction/Territory Cards, Custom Game Board, and 7dice.
13. Halo Legendary Edition
Description: Halo Legendary Edition Risk makes a great gift for Risk fans and gamers. 290 custom game pieces. 3 unique maps. 4 new ways to play!
Based on the Halo first-person shooter video game series. In the Halo Legendary Edition Risk Board Game, the year is 2552 and the galaxy is being colonized. The Human-Covenant war rages on and you must choose a side.
Fight alongside Master Chief as you lead your UNSC troops to control the map and preserve life throughout the galaxy. If you select the mighty strength of the Covenant, your mission is clear – eradicate all humans and fight back the infectious Flood.
As the Flood, you’ll infest the map, destroying all that stands in your way. The choice is yours, but the goal is the same: Win at all costs! For 2 to 5 players. Ages 10 and up.
Formulate a strategy. Evolve your combat. Conquer the map. Halo Legendary Edition Risk comes with over 290 custom game pieces and 3 unique maps, the 60-inch Halo Ring Map for 3 to 5 players and two 2-player maps that can be combined for an additional 3- to 5-player game.
With 4 new ways to play, the Halo Edition Risk Game based on the Halo first-person shooter video game series makes a great gift for Risk fans and gamers alike!
14. 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition
Description: About 50 years ago, an award winning French film maker Albert Lamorisse created a revolutionary game he called: La Conquete du Monde – loosely translated. “Conquest of the World.”
Two years later, in 1959, Parker Brothers published the game we all came to know and love as RISK. RISK was absolutely unique because it introduced groundbreaking game concepts. It was the first board game to offer non-linear movement – that was crazy thinking back then.
Although the rules were simple enough, the strategies required to win the game were not. RISK pushed the envelope and remained unmatched by any other game on the shelf; quickly becoming a phenomenon with millions of copies sold throughout the world.
Since that time, nearly a dozen different variations of RISK have mapped out epic battles in the Star Wars universe, Middle-earth, Narnia, the moon, and various periods in world history.
In the game of RISK there are no perfect moves. There are no guarantees. Because everything is at risk!
15. Risk: Godstorm
Description: Risk Godstorm is a mythological offshoot of the Classic RISK game line. Five mighty civilizations: The Greeks, Babylonians, Celts, Norse and Egyptians- clash to see whose faith reigns supreme.
16. Plants vs. Zombies
Description: America’s favorite iPhone game is coming to life now in RISK: Plants vs. Zombies Collector’s Edition.
Experience a fast-paced 2 player version of RISK that provides players with three new modes of play based off the Plants vs. Zombies game. Don’t let the Zombies eat your brains.
Special Features 3 new fast-paced ways to play for the quick game play loving fans Double sided game board featuring customized suburban neighborhood map Game Play 3 ways to play based off of Plants vs. Zombies app.
- Mission Objective
- Total Domination
- Tower Defense
Features custom map including a suburban neighborhood and town inspired by the Plants vs. Zombies world.
17. The Dalek Invasion of Earth – Doctor Who Edition
Description: Multiple Dalek armies descend from the skies, seeking to conquer the world.
Play as one of 5 different armies, with Classic or New Dalek Paradigm, as you fight for supremacy. The Doctor will do his best to stop you, bringing peace on each turn.
If your army is not victorious, the battle is over and all Daleks must retreat. With special cards to boost your forces and defeat invading forces, this game of Risk is an epic battle for control of the planet Earth and the universe.
18. Marvel Cinematic Universe
Description: Play as one of five factions, each with its own victory condition, representing heroes and villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
19. Risk Revised Edition – The Game of Strategic Conquest
Description: Can you accomplish the military objectives before your opponents? With an updated map and all-new playing pieces, increased rewards for bold moves, and easy to learn rules, you’ll be ready to take on whatever lies ahead.
Test your nerve with the Basic Training game–a quick and easy way to play. Or, see if you have what it takes to dominate in the fast-paced and strategic Command Room game.
Finally prove your courage in World Contest-an updated edition of the classic Risk game. The decision is yours. The time is now. Do you have what it takes to win?
Bottom line: Three ways to play, faster game play, and updated map and playing pieces. Includes game board, 7 dice, deck of 42 cards, 5 sets of colored units, 5 capitals, 15 cities, parts sheet and instructions. For 3 to 5 players ages 12 and up.
20. Star Wars – The Clone Wars Edition
Description: The classic board game of global domination is now the classic board game of universal domination.
This new edition of Risk puts the future of the Star Wars galaxy in your hands, with dramatic planetary battles played out against the backdrop of the Clone Wars years of the Skywalker saga.
Based on Star Wars episodes I, II and III! Strategize to gain control of the galaxy on the side of the Separatists or the Republic! Choose your allegiance, then play by either classic RISK rules or the Clone Wars variations!
21. Captain America – Civil War Edition
Description: It’s Captain America vs. Iron Man in the search for the Winter Soldier! Wage an all-out battle at the airport in this exciting updated Risk game.
Control the most territories, capture the Winter Soldier, and escape with the Quinjet before it reaches the end of the runway! Choose to play with 2 or 4 players.
With 2 players, each player is in control of either Team Captain America (Captain America and Falcon) or Team Iron Man (Iron Man and War Machine).
With 4 players, each player is in control of his or her own hero and works in teams of 2. No matter which way of play is chosen, after 5 rounds of excitement and strategy, the game is over, and mission tokens are scored.
The team with the most points wins the game!
22. Battlefield Rogue
Description: Risk Battlefield Rogue combines the tactical squad-based team play from the award-winning Battlefield series with the strategy and skill of the Risk game.
The game comes with nine different scenarios, each with its own victory condition. In each scenario, you choose tiles to combine to form the battlefield. Then, you use squads to achieve your objective.
You might be fighting to control a zone, placing units in a certain location, or eliminating your opponent’s units.
There are three levels of play: Boot Camp, Intermediate, and Advanced. The Advanced mode includes rules for air support, destructible cover, special commander powers, and class-specific powers.
On their turn, players will draw cards based on how many and which type of control points they own, move aircraft, fight other aircraft, move one squad, and fire with one squad.
The game’s cards allow players to recruit new units, call in airstrikes, or manipulate combat odds by upgrading the specialized attack and defense dice to more powerful ones with better results.
The winning player or team is the one that accomplishes the stated victory condition on a scenario, usually by holding a specific set of territories or eliminating an entire opposing force.
23. Hasbro Risk
Description: This is the standard version of Risk!
Conquer your opponents with superior strategy when you play the game of Risk!
Only the strong will survive in this exciting, unpredictable game of global domination. Use your troops to invade new territories and roll the dice for the increased rewards that come with bold moves.
Will you attack with enough fierceness and luck to drive other troops out of their territories? If you can, you’ll expand your reach. If your opponent’s defense is too much, you’ll lose!
You’ll earn bonus troops for more powerful attacks by turning in cards or taking over whole continents.
If you conquer enough territories, you’ll be the victor, so Risk isn’t just the name of the game – it’s how you win!
With 3 ways to play, you can learn the game, take on the classic game, or limit the game to 2 players. The decision is yours. The time is now. Do you have what it takes to dominate the world?
24. Winning Moves Games Risk 1959
Description: This is the classic reproduction of Risk as it was in 1959. Its appeal is timeless.
Make the “right moves” and you’ll conquer the world!
The game contains an over-sized bi-fold game board with original style art, 6 sets of beautiful wooden “army” pieces, deck of area cards with original style art, high quality dice, and a rules book featuring a History of Risk.
25. Castle Risk
Description: Each player starts out with one castle on the game board. Your objective is to capture all your opponents’ castles, so that you are the last player remaining in the game.
This Risk variant is played on a map of Europe and introduces cards such as the Spy, General, Marshall, Diplomat and Admiral.
Besides recruitment cards, your reinforcements are a function of occupied territory and captured enemy castles.
26. Transformers – Cybertron Battle Edition
Description: Can the heroic Autobots take back Cybertron from the evil Deceptions or will they be forced from their homeworld forever Transformers Risk brings the game of global domination to another dimension in this action packed version based on the blockbuster Transformers movie.
Risk Transformers Cybertron Battle Edition features robot armies led by Megatron and Optimus Prime fighting a global civil war Whoever wins will not only rule Cybertron but take control of the Allspark the force that gives life to all Transformers.
In the world of Transformers Risk things are not always what they seem even territories can transform in the middle of a battle. Which side will you take?
For 2-4 players
27. Transformers: The Decepticon Invasion of Earth
Description: Invade Earth with your Decepticon Horde, or defend humanity as the Autobot army in this brand new version of classic strategy game, Risk.
With beautifully crafted armies and some exciting twists, its time to decide who’s side you are on! Earth begins populated by humans, but the Decepticons begin to invade from the four corners of the world…although they aren’t necessarily allies.
Human slaves are taken to build new Decepticon troops while the Autbots come to their Aid.
Energon supplies are scattered across the globe and keep the game going, whilst special power cards will help, or hinder your forces. It’s time to ROLL OUT!
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