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11 Best Medical Board Games for Your Doctor Friends

Best medical board games

There is no doubt that board games are fun. Also it’s a great way to spend evening with your friends and sometimes learn something new. If you are in a medical field or most of your friends are you can level-up board game fun with medical board games. There are different kinds of medical board games. Some of these games are skill focused, some are educational (or “meducational”) or some are just pure medical gag board games.

Actually there have been peer reviewed articles about educational board games in medical field.  Full article on medical educational games can be found here.

We present You 11 most popular and best reviewed medical board games on a market:

  1. Medical Monopoly
  2. Monopoly – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) edition
  3. Scabs and Guts – Meducation at it’s finest
  4. The Classics – Operation skill game
  5. Pandemic Board game
  6. Pandemic – The Cure
  7. Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp
  8. Hospital Rush Board Game
  9. Doctor Panic Board Game
  10. Grey’s Anatomy Medical Board Game
  11. Arcane Wonders Viral Board Game

1. Medical Monopoly

Medical monopoly - best medical board gamesOur rating: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Education: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Skills: 2 Stars (2 / 5)

Fun: 4 Stars (4 / 5)


In regular monopoly you need to think like a real estate manager or venture funding specialist. In medical monopoly you are chief of the hospital.

Of course it changes the game completely.

Instead of thinking about hotels and houses in this game you will think about patients, nurses and doctors. Also all chance cards and community chest cards are substituted by medical cards.

2. Monopoly – Emergency Medical Services (EMS) edition

Medical monopoly emergency services - best medical board games

Our rating: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Education: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Skills: 2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

Fun: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Probably one of the best medical board games on a market. Everyone knows what Monopoly is. In this game all situations are transformed not to medical situations but medical emergency cases. Medical emergency cases are challenging not only in real life but also in the game.

Do you have what it takes to be the best emergency medicine specialist in monopoly too? Start playing and we will see!

Also this game would be more excellent gift to young doctors, residents or future emergency medicine doctors.

 

3. Scabs and Guts – Meducation at it’s finest

Scabs and Guts - Best Medical Board Games

Our rating: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Education: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Skills: 2 Stars (2 / 5)

Fun: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Scabs and guts is the game in which main focus is on human body and physiological patterns in our body. Players make turns one by one and deals with challenges in the game. During playtime you will learn medical facts which you did not know. Also be prepared to answer difficult and interesting medical questions to advance in the game.

Excellent gift for people who are just planning to go to medical school or are just starting medical school.

 

4. The Classics – Operation skill game

Operation - Best Medical Board Games

Our rating: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Education: 2 Stars (2 / 5)

Skills: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Fun: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

One of the most popular medical skill game in the history of board games. This game was made back in 1964 and since then it had several appearances in movies and talk shows. This game tests players hand-eye coordination. So this game focuses more on skill rather than on knowledge, manager skills or mind sharpness (as it is in previously mentioned games).

Who this game would be suitable? Of course – future surgeons! So if you know somebody who is in surgery field or plans to go there – this could be fun addition as a gift!

 

5. Pandemic Board game

Pandemic - Best Medical Board Games

Our rating: 4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Education: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Skills: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Fun: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Main goal of this game is to save the planet. There is an outbreak of diseases and you are the one who has to find a cure, heal the people and plan your strategy step-by-step. You can choose your character – opeartion specialist, scientist, doctor etc. Each character has it’s own skills that will help in dealing with diseases.

Teamwork and cooperation – either you have it and win the game or planet dies out and you have failed. Would be interesting gift for infectious diseases specialist.

By the way, if you get bored of this version game you can add expansions packs for this game and make if harder and more exciting!

6. Pandemic – The Cure

The Cure - Best Medical Board Games

Our rating: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Education: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Skills: 1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

Fun: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Z-Man games has done great job with “Pandemic” and this is another creation from this amazing company.

This is dice-base game version of previously mentioned “Pandemic” board game. The good thing about this game is that approximate game play time is ~30 minutes. Main plot is similar as in “Pandemic” – there are four diseases which you need to eradicate to save the planet. Choose your specialization (dispatcher, medic, operation specialist etc.), fly across the globe and help each other.

You versus deadly disease – do you have what tit takes to save the world?

P.S. There is super expansion pack of this game too Pandemic The Cure Experimental Meds Super-Expansion

7. Infection: Humanity’s Last Gasp

Our rating: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Education: 2 Stars (2 / 5)

Skills: 1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

Fun: 2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

Rival of Pandemic and The Cure. In this game plot line is better developed then in previous games. Actually this game has some back story:

“James Franklin—Patient Zero—collapses after stepping off a plane from the Congo at JFK International Airport. He is rushed to Forest Hills Hospital where he is placed in an isolation ward. It is quickly discovered he has Morbusian, a constantly mutating virus that is resistant to all known antibiotics. The survival of humanity itself is at stake!”

While we know that antibiotics don’t help in virus treatment we need to give a credit to Victory Point Games for creating compelling backstory. In a game play you need to work in a team and try to eliminate virus which is mutating and evolving.

8. Hospital Rush Board Game

Our rating: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Education: 2 Stars (2 / 5)

Skills: 2 Stars (2 / 5)

Fun: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

This game is more focused on fun and sarcastic jokes about hospital. Probably you won’t learn anything new or won’t get any useful knowledge as in other board games, but at least you will have fun. You will have opportunity to do some backstabbing to your opponents as a result climbing up the leader board in the game and increasing your chances of winning.

By combining different positions, abilities and game cards each game will have slightly different plot and you won’t get bored after playing it one time.

9. Doctor Panic Board Game

Our rating: 2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

Education: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Skills: 2 Stars (2 / 5)

Fun: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

This game is suitable up to 9 players. So if you have many medical friends coming over – this could be a good option. Each game runs only ~12 minutes, so you won’g get a chance to be bored. This is dexterity-based games so sharp mind and quick actions are necessary.

Doctor panic don’t focuses on global problems and infections as it was in previous games but you need to focus on your patient. As a result You have to save patient’s life – medical tests, operations, examinations – that’s just a small part of what you will encounter in this game!

10. Grey’s Anatomy Medical Board Game

Our rating: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Education: 1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)

Skills: 1 Stars (1 / 5)

Fun: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

While this is not exactly medical board game it is connected with TV show which all of us like a lot – “Grey’s Anatomy”. In this game you have a chance to be one of the TV show characters and climb you way up in game by answering questions, dealing with complicated relationships and managing the challenges.

Are you ready for some drama and challenges? Try “Grey’s Anatomy” board game and you will see!

11. Arcane Wonders Viral Board Game

Our rating: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Education: 2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

Skills: 2 Stars (2 / 5)

Fun: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

If Your workis connected with medicine then You should know difference between virus and bacteria. One of main characteristics of viruses is ability to get in to humans DNA and make changes there. Moreover viruses can make mutations for themselves too. Perfect virus could mutate and infect every organ and all tissues in human body.

Therefore the main purpose of this medical board game – You have to become perfect virus!

But this goal can be tricky because immune system will be fighting against You and try to prevent that!

Game is designed for 2 to 5 players. Players have to choose their strategy and grow their own virus. By accomplishing different tasks throughout the game players score points. Winner is the one with highest score!

 

In conclusion we want to thank you for reading our top picks and hope You will enjoy Your evening with our medical board games!

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