The best board, card & dice games set in the prehistoric period 2024

Looking for a really good prehistoric game? Then we have just the thing: our list of the best prehistoric games 2024.

What are prehistoric games?

Prehistoric games often have themes or storylines set in a time before recorded history. These untold stories are usually compiled under time periods including the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and Iron Age.

Many of the popular prehistoric games are set in the Stone Age, in hunter-gatherer societies, or in time periods when dinosaurs existed.

Other historical games

Most games set during the prehistoric period are also considered wargames - but not necessarily the case.

In addition to the games set in the prehistoric era, we have created a general list of games based on historical events - and further divided them below into several, more detailed historical categories.

list of the best prehistoric games 2024

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 468 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Draftosaurus

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    Draftosaurus is a charming and quick drafting game where players aim to build the most attractive dinosaur park. The game stands out for its use of dino meeples and unique placement restrictions, making it an engaging experience for all ages.

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Draftosaurus
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Draftosaurus

    • YouTube Review for the game "Draftosaurus" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  2. Stone Age

    All details for the board game Stone Age and similar games

    Stone Age catapults players into the challenging era of our ancestors, a time when survival hinged on the relentless pursuit of progress. In roles as hunters, collectors, farmers, and toolmakers, players will experience the hardships and triumphs of this prehistoric age. Here's an overview of the game:

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2008

    More details for Stone Age
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Stone Age

    • YouTube Review for the game "Stone Age" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. Stone Age: Anniversary

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. SOS Dino

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. Kingdomino Origins

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. My First Stone Age

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2016

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for My First Stone Age

    • YouTube Review for the game "My First Stone Age" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  7. Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers

    All details for the board game Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers and similar games

    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
  8. Tuki

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Tuki
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Tuki

    • YouTube Review for the game "Tuki" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. Paleo

    All details for the board game Paleo and similar games

    Paleo is a cooperative adventure game set in the Stone Age, where players work together to ensure the survival of their human characters while completing various missions. The ultimate goal? To paint a woolly mammoth on a wall, leaving a mark of your existence (or just because it looks cool).

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  10. Vaalbara

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Atlantis Rising (Second Edition)

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    Atlantis Rising (Second Edition) is a beautifully reimagined version of the beloved cooperative worker placement game where players unite to save the mythical island of Atlantis from inevitable doom. As leaders of Atlantis, players collaborate to gather resources, manage the workforce, and construct a cosmic gate capable of saving the Atlantean populace from the rising tides. The game challenges players with a blend of strategic planning, resource management, and a pressing urgency to complete the gate before the island succumbs to the ocean.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Atlantis Rising (Second Edition)
    • 1 - 7 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Great Plains

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Poetry for Neanderthals: NSFW Edition

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 17+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. Dinosaur Tea Party

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Dinosaur Tea Party

    • YouTube Review for the game "Dinosaur Tea Party" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  15. Ugg-Tect

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature

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    Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature expands the universe of Smash Up with four new, out-of-this-world factions, each bringing unique gameplay mechanics to the table. This expansion allows for a fresh mix-and-match experience with the original game or stands alone as a two-player showdown.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Smash Up: Science Fiction Double Feature
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Evolution: Climate

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    Evolution: Climate is a compelling standalone game that expands on the well-regarded Evolution game system by integrating the aspect of climate into its dynamic ecosystem. This addition brings new layers of strategy and thematic depth, making for a unique gaming experience.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Evolution: Climate
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Evolution: Climate

    • YouTube Review for the game "Evolution: Climate" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  18. My First Stone Age: The Card Game

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Dino World

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 15 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Evolution

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    Evolution is a dynamic board game that simulates an ecosystem where players adapt their species to survive in a changing environment. The game emphasizes strategic adaptation, where players must develop their species with various traits to secure food and protect themselves from predators.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Evolution
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Evolution

    • YouTube Review for the game "Evolution" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  21. Rise of Tribes

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    Rise of Tribes takes players back to a prehistoric era where leading a tribal faction to prosperity is the ultimate goal. Through a modular hex board representing various terrains, players strive to grow their tribe, move across lands, gather resources, and lead their people to victory. The game stands out with its dice-driven mechanism that influences the strength of each action, coupled with strategic decisions on where to place tribe members to either promote growth or avoid conflict.

    More details for Rise of Tribes
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Rise of Tribes

    • YouTube Review for the game "Rise of Tribes" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  22. Caveman Curling

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. Ooga Booga

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  24. JurassAttack!

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    • 2 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  25. Oceans

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    Oceans is a stand-alone game in the acclaimed Evolution game series, developed over three years and representing the most ambitious project by North Star Games. This game delves into the rich and mysterious world of the ocean's ecosystem, combining scientific accuracy with imaginative gameplay. With its stunning artwork, a multitude of scenarios, and a vast array of unique trait cards, Oceans offers a deep and engaging experience in underwater evolution and survival.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    More details for Oceans
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  26. Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. Happy Little Dinosaurs

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  28. Dice Age: The Hunt

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Endless Winter: Paleoamericans

    All details for the board game Endless Winter: Paleoamericans and similar games

    Journey back to North America around 10,000 BCE in Endless Winter: Paleoamericans, a game designed by Stan Kordonskiy, developed by Jonny Pac, and illustrated by The Mico. In this immersive experience, you guide your tribe's evolution across generations, from nomadic hunter-gatherers to thriving tribal societies. With each passing era, your tribes will migrate, establish traditions, hunt massive prehistoric creatures, and construct magnificent megalithic structures.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Endless Winter: Paleoamericans
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  30. Honga

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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