The best Carcassonne Variants⎇ 2024

We have selected the best Carcassonne variants⎇ or spinoffs for you. The offer ranges from simple mainly optical adaptations (Star Wars) to strong rule changes (The Castle) to completely new games from the Carcassonne universe (e.g. Carcassonne-Dice-Game, Carcassonne-Card-Game). This makes each game of Carcassonne different.

Extra list for Carcassonne expansions

In addition to the Carcassonne variants, many expansions have been released for the main Carcassonne game. We have covered these in an extra list: The best Carcassonne expansions.

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List with the best Carcassonne variants⎇ 2024

In this overview you will find all Carcassonne variants that can be bought 2024:

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. My First Carcassonne

    All details for the board game My First Carcassonne and similar games

    My First Carcassonne, also known as Carcassonne Junior, introduces the iconic tile-laying gameplay of the classic Carcassonne to a younger audience. This game captures the essence of the original while simplifying the mechanics to make it accessible for children, making it a wonderful entry point into the world of board games.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for My First Carcassonne
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for My First Carcassonne

    • YouTube Review for the game "My First Carcassonne" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. Carcassonne: Winter Edition

    All details for the board game Carcassonne: Winter Edition and similar games

    Carcassonne: Winter Edition wraps the classic tile-placement game in a picturesque blanket of snow, offering a seasonal twist on the beloved mechanics of Carcassonne. This edition captures the essence of winter with beautifully illustrated tiles that transform the familiar French countryside into a serene snowy landscape. Players continue to strategically place tiles and deploy their meeples as knights, farmers, and highwaymen, endeavoring to dominate this frosty version of the medieval terrain.

    More details for Carcassonne: Winter Edition
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers

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    Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers is a standalone game in the Carcassonne series, transporting players to the Stone Age. This version maintains the essence of the original Carcassonne game but introduces new thematic elements and rules suitable for this prehistoric setting.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 35 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. Carcassonne: The Castle

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    Carcassonne: The Castle is a standalone board game inspired by the popular Carcassonne series, but uniquely tailored for two players. Set within the city walls of Carcassonne, this game retains the familiar tile-placement mechanics but introduces new strategies and components specific to this version. The theme revolves around the development of the city, focusing on strategic construction and area control within the confined space of the city walls.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Carcassonne: The Castle
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: The Castle

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: The Castle" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  5. Carcassonne: South Seas

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    Carcassonne: South Seas brings the classic tile-laying charm of the original Carcassonne to a vibrant, tropical setting. This standalone game, the first in the "Carcassonne Around the World" series, offers players the task of building island landscapes filled with inviting seas and lush islands. Instead of the traditional cities, roads, and fields, players work to gather bananas, shellfish, and fish, trading these resources for points with various traders. The familiar mechanics of placing tiles and meeples blend seamlessly with this refreshing maritime theme, offering both seasoned Carcassonne fans and newcomers a delightful new variant to explore.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Carcassonne: South Seas
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 35 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: South Seas

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: South Seas" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  6. Carcassonne: Gold Rush

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    Carcassonne: Gold Rush marks the second installment in the "Carcassonne: Around the World" series, transporting players to the rugged landscapes of 19th-century America during the height of the gold rush era. This iteration of the beloved Carcassonne franchise retains the core mechanics of tile placement and feature scoring while introducing a thematic twist that captures the spirit of exploration, competition, and fortune-seeking that defined the period.

    More details for Carcassonne: Gold Rush
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 35 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: Gold Rush

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: Gold Rush" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  7. Carcassonne: The City

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    Carcassonne: The City stands as a standalone game in the famed Carcassonne series, inviting players to collaboratively build an old town using tile-laying mechanics. As the town expands, a unique feature of this version comes into play: the construction of town walls, starting from a wooden gate and growing outward. These walls aren't just functional; they're made from delicately carved wooden parts, creating a visually stunning medieval town by the game's end.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Carcassonne: The City
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: The City

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: The City" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  8. Carcassonne: Amazonas

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    Carcassonne: Amazonas takes players on an adventurous journey into the heart of the Amazon, expanding the beloved Carcassonne gameplay into new, exotic territories. In this installment of the "Carcassonne Around the World" series, players navigate their boats along the mighty Amazon River, exploring its vast biodiversity. The game seamlessly blends the familiar tile-placement mechanics with new elements tailored to the theme of Amazonian exploration.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Carcassonne: Amazonas
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 35 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: Amazonas

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: Amazonas" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: Amazonas" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. Carcassonne: Star Wars

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    Carcassonne: Star Wars edition takes the cherished mechanics of the classic Carcassonne tile-placement game and propels them into the vast universe of Star Wars, infusing the game with familiar themes and the epic struggle between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel Alliance. This edition adapts the traditional rules to fit the Star Wars setting, transforming roads into Trading Routes navigated by Merchants, cities into Asteroid Fields explored by Explorers, and cloisters into Planets conquered by Conquerors, while eschewing the farming aspect of the original game.

    More details for Carcassonne: Star Wars
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 35 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: Star Wars

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: Star Wars" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  10. Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale

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    Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale offers a pastoral twist to the classic Carcassonne formula, inviting players into a serene world of farming and agriculture. As a standalone game in the Carcassonne series, this edition shifts the focus from constructing medieval landscapes to managing bucolic farms. Players become farmers, tasked with caring for animals and cultivating a variety of crops to provide for the people. This game replaces the traditional cities and castles with fields of fruits and vegetables, introducing new strategies around collection and land management.

    More details for Carcassonne: Over Hill and Dale
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 35 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Travel Carcassonne

    All details for the board game Travel Carcassonne and similar games

    Travel Carcassonne (Reise-Carcassonne) offers the beloved Carcassonne experience in a compact, travel-friendly format. This edition is designed for fans of the game who wish to take their tile-laying adventures on the road. While maintaining the core rules and gameplay of the original Carcassonne, the Travel Edition introduces several adaptations to suit its portable nature.

    More details for Travel Carcassonne
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Travel Carcassonne

    • YouTube Review for the game "Travel Carcassonne" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  12. Carcassonne: Safari

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    Carcassonne: Safari ventures into the wild landscapes of the African savannah, offering a standalone experience within the "Carcassonne Around the World" series. This edition invites players on a safari adventure, where the goal is to spot as many animals as possible. Animals can be found hiding in the bush, roaming the savannah, or gathering near watering holes. The game maintains the essence of Carcassonne's tile-placement and meeple-deployment mechanics, while introducing new elements tailored to the safari theme.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Carcassonne: Safari
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 35 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: Safari

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: Safari" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  13. Carcassonne für 2

    All details for the board game Carcassonne für 2 and similar games

    Carcassonne für 2 tailors the classic Carcassonne experience for a duel between two players, maintaining the beloved mechanics of tile placement and strategic meeple deployment within the picturesque Southern French landscape. This edition simplifies the setup for more intimate and rapid gameplay sessions without sacrificing the depth and decision-making the series is known for. Packaged in a convenient metal box, it includes 48 tiles and 12 meeples, offering a compact yet complete version of the game designed specifically for two players.

    More details for Carcassonne für 2
    • 2 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne für 2

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne für 2" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  14. Carcassonne: The Discovery

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    Carcassonne: The Discovery is a stand-alone game that revisits the core mechanics of the iconic Carcassonne series, transporting players to a newly discovered land filled with meadows, mountains, and seas. This iteration offers a simplified version of the classic gameplay while introducing nuanced strategic depth, making it accessible to newcomers and challenging for veterans alike. The goal of developing a game that retains simplicity in its rules but broadens strategic possibilities has been successfully achieved, offering a fresh and engaging experience.

    More details for Carcassonne: The Discovery
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: The Discovery

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: The Discovery" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  15. Cardcassonne

    All details for the board game Cardcassonne and similar games

    Cardcassonne offers a unique twist on the beloved Carcassonne tile-laying game, translating its core mechanics into a card-based format. Players strategically place cards in various rows, representing different elements such as fields, cities, roads, and abbeys, to maximize their points while competing against opponents. The essence of Carcassonne's strategic planning is preserved, with players faced with the dilemma of whether to claim a series of cards for points now or risk waiting for the row to grow at the potential cost of another player seizing the opportunity.

    More details for Cardcassonne
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Cardcassonne

    • YouTube Review for the game "Cardcassonne" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  16. New World: A Carcassonne Game

    All details for the board game New World: A Carcassonne Game and similar games

    New World: A Carcassonne Game transports players to the early days of the United States' expansion, blending the classic Carcassonne gameplay of tile-laying and strategic placement with the historical theme of westward exploration. As settlers on the East Coast, players work to develop the land by building towns, roads, and more, aiming to score the highest points through careful placement of their tokens on these emerging features.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for New World: A Carcassonne Game
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for New World: A Carcassonne Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "New World: A Carcassonne Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  17. Carcassonne: The Dice Game

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    Carcassonne: The Dice Game transforms the beloved tile-laying mechanics of Carcassonne into a fast-paced, dice-rolling experience. Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Carcassonne's Spiel des Jahres win, this iteration designed by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede and Olivier Lamontagne offers a compact and quick alternative to the original game. Players roll dice to construct cities, embracing the core themes of Carcassonne in a new, dynamic format.

    More details for Carcassonne: The Dice Game
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: The Dice Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: The Dice Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English

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