The best games where you can retrieve actions 2024

Looking for a really good game where you can get actions back? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best "action recovery" games 2024.

What are "recover actions" games?

Each player has a set of actions available to them, embodied in cards, tokens, or other affordances. Once executed, they are spent and cannot be executed again until they are retrieved. Retrieving actions is usually an action itself or may take an entire turn.

Examples of games where you can retrieve actions:

A good example of an action retrieval game is Century: Golem Edition or Gloomhaven.

List with the best Recovering Actions games 2024

This list was last updated on July 8, 2024. We compared 100 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Century: Golem Edition

    All details for the board game Century: Golem Edition and similar games

    Century: Golem Edition is an engaging and visually appealing board game that is a re-themed version of Century: Spice Road. Set in the imaginative world of Caravania, this game combines strategic planning and resource management, appealing to players who enjoy tactical decision-making.

    More details for Century: Golem Edition
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Century: Spice Road

    All details for the board game Century: Spice Road and similar games

    Century: Spice Road is the first game in a series that delves into the rich and vibrant history of spice trading. Set against the backdrop of the legendary Silk Road, players take on the roles of caravan leaders, journeying across continents to trade spices and achieve fame and glory. This game combines elements of strategy and resource management, making it an engaging experience for players who enjoy economic and trading games.

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Century: Spice Road
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Century: Spice Road

    • YouTube Review for the game "Century: Spice Road" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. Concordia

    All details for the board game Concordia and similar games

    Concordia is a peaceful yet strategic board game set in Roman times, focusing on economic development and expansion. It is designed for 2-5 players aged 13 and up.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Concordia
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 100 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Concordia

    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  4. Concordia Venus

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    Concordia Venus is a standalone reimplementation of the classic Concordia, enhancing the peaceful strategy game set in Roman times. It's designed for 2-6 players aged 13 and up, focusing on economic development without the randomness of dice or cards. Strategy and planning are key as players expand their influence across various Roman cities.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Concordia Venus
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Concordia Venus

    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia Venus" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Concordia Venus" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. Tiny Epic Galaxies

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    In Tiny Epic Galaxies, each player commands a galactic empire, striving to expand their influence by acquiring contested planets and strengthening their cosmic armada. The game features an innovative dice-rolling combo mechanic, where the number of rolled dice corresponds to your galaxy's strength. These dice display symbols representing actions such as spaceship movement, resource acquisition, and the advancement of political or economic influence over newly discovered planets.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Tiny Epic Galaxies
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Tiny Epic Galaxies

    • YouTube Review for the game "Tiny Epic Galaxies" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition)

    All details for the board game Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition) and similar games

    Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition) is a strategic board game set in a Victorian-era Earth, where players head mining corporations competing to exploit Mars' newfound resources.

    More details for Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition)
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Keep the Heroes Out!

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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    Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is a standalone adventure game that serves as a prequel to the highly acclaimed Gloomhaven. It's designed to be more accessible to a broader audience, with streamlined rules and an integrated tutorial.

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 5.

    More details for Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  9. Raptor

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    Raptor is an engaging, card-driven board game that offers a blend of tactical maneuvers and strategic planning, set in a thrilling scenario where science clashes with nature.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Raptor
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Raptor

    • YouTube Review for the game "Raptor" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  10. Gloomhaven

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    Gloomhaven is a Euro-inspired tactical combat game set in a persistent and evolving world. Players assume the roles of adventurers, each with unique skills and motives, as they explore dungeons, ruins, and engage in cooperative battles against automated monsters.

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  11. Arcadia Quest

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    Arcadia Quest is an engaging, campaign-based board game where players lead guilds of heroes on a quest to overthrow a vampire lord and take back the city of Arcadia. It's a competitive yet cooperative game, filled with strategic battles against both other players and game-controlled monsters.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Arcadia Quest
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  12. Stop Thief!

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Century: A New World

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    Century: A New World is the captivating final chapter in the acclaimed "Century" series by Emerson Matsuuchi. This installment transports players to the rich and uncharted territories of the Americas during the 16th century, offering a unique blend of strategy, exploration, and resource management.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Century: A New World
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Arcadia Quest: Inferno

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Roll for the Galaxy

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    Roll for the Galaxy is a dice-based strategy game for 2-5 players, where dice represent the populace tasked with building a space empire. It's a dice adaptation of the popular card game Race for the Galaxy.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Roll for the Galaxy
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Trash Pandas

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  17. Chakra

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Honey Buzz

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    Honey Buzz is a whimsical game where players delve into the world of bees, embracing the concept of economics and entrepreneurship. In this worker bee placement game, players are tasked with expanding their beehives, foraging for nectar, making honey, and even venturing into sales at the bear market.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Honey Buzz
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. Ankh: Gods of Egypt

    All details for the board game Ankh: Gods of Egypt and similar games

    Ankh: Gods of Egypt is a deeply thematic board game that immerses players in the ancient world of Egyptian mythology. In this game, players assume the roles of Egyptian gods vying for supremacy and survival in an era where the old ways and their followers are fading. The game stands out for its blend of strategic gameplay, stunning artwork, and detailed miniatures, offering a richly immersive experience.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Ankh: Gods of Egypt
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. Century: Golem Edition – Eastern Mountains

    All details for the board game Century: Golem Edition – Eastern Mountains and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Spirit Island

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    Welcome to the captivating world of Spirit Island, where the distant echoes of magic still hold sway. In this immersive cooperative board game, players are entrusted with the crucial task of defending their island paradise from the relentless onslaught of colonizing Invaders. The spirits of the land, each possessing unique elemental powers, unite to thwart the advance of those who seek to conquer and despoil. As the colonial empires expand, the islanders and the very earth itself rise in defense. Harness the power of the spirits, strategize with your fellow players, and fight back against the encroaching Invaders to protect the island's mystical heart.

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 2.

    More details for Spirit Island
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  22. Root

    All details for the board game Root and similar games

    Root is an engaging board game of adventure and strategy designed for 2 to 4 players (expandable to 1 to 6 with the 'Riverfolk' expansion). Set in a vast wilderness, the game offers a unique experience where each player embodies a different faction with its own distinctive abilities and victory conditions. With beautifully designed multi-use cards, Root brings a rich asymmetrical gameplay to the table.

    Nominated for 24 awards and won 14.

    More details for Root
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  23. Rococo

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    Rococo immerses players in the lavish Rococo era during the reign of Louis XV, where they take on the role of managing a prestigious ball. The game blends elements of deck-building and resource management, requiring players to skilfully navigate the demands of dressmaking and event planning to gain the most prestige.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Rococo
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  24. Expeditions

    All details for the board game Expeditions and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  25. Chronicle

    All details for the board game Chronicle and similar games
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Chronicle

    • YouTube Review for the game "Chronicle" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  26. Santo Domingo

    All details for the board game Santo Domingo and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Santo Domingo

    • YouTube Review for the game "Santo Domingo" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  27. Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game

    All details for the board game Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game and similar games

    Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game immerses players in the gritty fantasy world of Warhammer, where they join forces as iconic heroes to navigate and conquer the perils of a treacherous dungeon. This cooperative game is a thrilling blend of strategy and adventure, designed for one to four players.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  28. Heroes of Terrinoth

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Famiglia

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    Famiglia is a strategic card game that plunges players into the gritty underworld of mafia power struggles. Each player vies to outmaneuver their opponent, cleverly leveraging the unique abilities of four distinct mafia families to assemble the most formidable gang. The game unfolds as a tense duel where every move counts, and the right combination of cunning and strategy will secure victory.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Famiglia
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. The Manhattan Project

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    The Manhattan Project is a strategic board game where players take on the role of leaders in charge of their nation's atomic weapons programs during a tense global power struggle. The game combines worker placement mechanics with a unique twist, emphasizing efficient management and clever strategy over luck.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for The Manhattan Project
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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