What can I get for $20? A blog about great games that are playable on a budget.


Whether you’re just getting into board games or are a veteran gamer, trying to find the best new games is always a challenge. A well-known game like Catan might be worth the $40 price tag, but it’s hard to know whether that new $30 game from an indie developer will have legs beyond one night of fun. As a result, I recommend sticking with inexpensive games for your gaming budget. That way, you not only get more bang for your buck (pun intended), but you also can play more games and try out different strategies. If you’re interested in testing out new things without breaking the bank, here are some great options:

Ticket to Ride

The original Ticket to Ride is a game about building railroads, where you compete against the other players to see who can complete the longest railroad. For 2-5 players and ages 8 and up, it costs $20 to get the basic game or $25 if you want an expansion. The latest version is called Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails, which adds boats and planes as additional ways of completing routes.

If you’re looking for something different in this genre, try Ticket To Ride: Nordic Countries or 1910 Expansion instead; both offer new maps with different starting conditions (you each start with 3 cities).

The Mind

The Mind is a party game where you guess what other players are thinking. The idea is that you’ll be asked to think of a word, and then the other players will try to guess it by asking questions and using gestures. You’ll have up to eight people playing at a time, but there are also options for competitive or cooperative play as well as solo play if you’re looking for something different.

This game can be played almost anywhere because it’s so simple—you just need enough space for your group! It’s great for making memories with friends or even family members who may not get along otherwise.


  • The object of the game is to be the first person to build 10 points worth of roads, settlements and towns.
  • The game can be played between two to four players and takes around 30 minutes to an hour.
  • The recommended age range is 10 years and up, so it can be enjoyed by anyone who has a basic understanding of arithmetic and geography.
  • At around $25 for the base game or $50 for all expansions, it’s far less expensive than many other tabletop games on this list—but don’t let that fool you into thinking Catan is any less worthy of your attention! This classic strategy game has been heralded as one of the best board games ever made by critics around the world; in fact, one reviewer called it “a masterpiece.” If you’re looking to expand your collection while also getting some good value out of your purchase, Catan should definitely be somewhere near the top of your list!

Century: Spice Road

Century: Spice Road is a game of tile-laying, resource management, and area control. It’s also a great game for those who want to play something that isn’t too difficult or involved.

In this game you take turns picking up cards which represent goods: spices, coins and cloth. You then lay down tiles connecting your city with others as you build trade routes (called roads) along the way. When an opponent’s ship enters one of these trade routes on their turn they will stop there to collect that good from your road; but only if the road contains enough goods to pay them off!

The goal of the game is simple: create the longest road with your three different types of ships (spice freighter, coin carrier and cloth hauler). The catch? Each time you add a new ship type it costs more gold coins so managing resources becomes increasingly important as players progress through the rounds.

Sushi Go!

Sushi Go! is a fast-paced card game for 2-5 players. In each round, you are trying to collect the most points by collecting different types of sushi from a conveyor belt in front of you, or from stealing them from other players. The game ends when all cards have been drawn and each player adds up their points.

There are 16 different types of sushi cards: 8 nigiri (2 per color), 4 sashimi (1 per color), 4 tempura (1 per color), 2 maki rolls (1 per color) and 1 california roll (green). Each player starts with 7 cards in hand and places them face down on the table until everyone has done so; then they take turns drawing two cards at a time until they run out again. During each turn you must play one card onto your “plate” or pass if you don’t want any more food this turn.”

There are a lot of amazing games that you can get for $20 or less.

There are a lot of amazing games that you can get for $20 or less.

  • This is a good price range for gamers.
  • It’s a great price for families who want to experience the joy of gaming together, but don’t have much money to play with.
  • It’s also a great price for game stores, because it allows them to sell more products and make more money!


Believe it or not, there are a lot of great games out there that can be had for $20 or less. Some of them even have expansions available which will make sure they get a lot of use at your gaming table! So the next time you have twenty bucks to spend on entertainment and don’t know what to do with it, consider buying one of these awesome board games. I promise they’re worth every penny (well almost every penny!)

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