Superbowl 50 – American football tabletop games
Itâs Superbowl 50 today (Monday in Australia and Sunday night in the USA), so to celebrate we thought weâd look at a few NFL / American football / gridiron games you can play right on your own tabletop. Now NFL isnât huge here in Australia, sure there are local clubs, but of the few weâve attended, the only people showing up are the players and a few family members (sadly). In the USA of course it is one of the huge sports there, here we have rugby and AFL, both just as athletic, both with no padding.
If you fancy looking at some NFL board games / tabletop games, weâve got you covered with a few the team have played over the years. Check them out below and let us know if youâve played any of them yourselves.
Back when Avalon Hill were big into board games (and RPGâs) comes âChallenge Footballâ. An action selection game âChallenge Footballâ sees players take on the role of coaches in an American football / gridiron game. Needless to say this is an old game (1972 to be precise), so youâre only going to get it on eBay or in a thrift find. Itâs a 2-player only game and weâre sad to say, it hasnât aged well in looks, but is still better than some of the other NFL style tabletop games in playability.
Monday Night Football
Another game from the 1970s is âMonday Night Footballâ from Aurora. This is one of those tabletop games that had an electronic game
gimmick element, itâs pretty cool if youâre into your retro games. This is not to be confused with âABC Monday Night Footballâ which also got a release in the 70s, though that was via Mattel. Both games feature an electronic aspect to them.
First released in 2002, âNFL Showdownâ is a 2-player game in similar ilk to âMLB Showdownâ. Players use their cards with a swipe card reader, which sounds way more impressive than it actually is in practice. This is essentially a CCG selling tool from the games publisher Wizards of the Coast (ahh there it is). We didnât enjoy this one at all, even our retro collector got rid of his copy, but hey, maybe you will.
Probably the best of a bad bunch of earlier NFL tabletop games comes âNFL Strategyâ from Tudor Games. This one got numerous releases in the 70s, each one making the interactive board a little better. Players secretly choose their plays and a dice roll determines the result of play. Not too bad this one, if youâre a retro gamer, this might be worth an import (if youâre outside the USA).
NFL Rush Zone
One of the more modern NFL board games is âNFL Rush Zoneâ from Toy Island. A two to six player game, âNFL Rush Zoneâ is essentially a family game of NFL action with a dice rolling mechanism at its heart. Needless to say, this one looks better than the others mentioned so far because it only came out in 2013. One to check out if youâre an NFL fan.
NFL Rush Zone, looks better because, well, newer.
NFL Game Day
This one is our pick if youâre only going to get one NFL board game. âNFL Game Dayâ from Fremont Die is a hand management game that sees players take on the roles of coaches in an NFL game. As board games go overall, this isnât one youâd play a lot unless you love NFL, but it does a fairly good job of approximating the offensive and defensive plays of the game.
We hope youâve liked this brief look at NFL board games in celebration of Superbowl 50. Sure we know weâre an Australian game site and we know NFL isnât a big deal here in the land down under, but this is the Super Bowl, and even if youâre not watching for the game itself, admit it, youâre probably going to watch the halftime show, or youtube those commercials when itâs all said and done.
Go Panthersâ¦ err.. Broncosâ¦ no wait.. Panthersâ¦ may some animal or another be victorious.