The best board games that you can play alone (Solitaire games) 2021

It's not always easy to find teammates and then get them to the same table on the same night. Fortunately, many games have special rules that make board games playable for 1 person alone. Some games are even designed for one player (e.g. Friday or Hostage Negotiator - we have created a separate list for these games: The best games you can play only alone).

Some games go a different way and include a solo campaign or a so-called automa opponent, which is controlled (semi-)automatically by special game rules (e.g. Scythe or Wingspan).

Solo games are many, for example from the strategy board games for 1 person, card games for one, logic games for 1, solo dice games, single-player board games with story and many more single-player board games.

Want games with a different number of players?

You can play board games, card games and dice games with a very different number of players - even alone. We have created many lists for each exact number of players and for varying numbers of players. You can find our "by player count" lists below.

List of the best games 2021 that you can (also) play alone

Enclosed are the best board games you can play alone and buy 2021:

This list was last updated on October 20, 2021. We compared 4537 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. MicroMacro: Crime City

    All details for the board game MicroMacro: Crime City and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for MicroMacro: Crime City
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. Wingspan

    All details for the board game Wingspan and similar games

    Nominated for 23 awards and won 15.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Wingspan
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 70 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!42€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Wingspan

    • YouTube Review for the game "Wingspan" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  3. Cartographers

    All details for the board game Cartographers and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for Cartographers
    • 1 - 100 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. Trails of Tucana

    All details for the board game Trails of Tucana and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. Star Realms: Frontiers

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Frontiers and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. That's Pretty Clever!

    All details for the board game That's Pretty Clever! and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for That's Pretty Clever!
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Horrified

    All details for the board game Horrified and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Horrified
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Horrified

    • YouTube Review for the game "Horrified" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  8. PARKS

    All details for the board game PARKS and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition

    All details for the board game Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Legacy of Dragonholt

    All details for the board game Legacy of Dragonholt and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 999 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!60€ atAmazon.de
  11. Sagrada

    All details for the board game Sagrada and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de
  12. Herbaceous

    All details for the board game Herbaceous and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Herbaceous
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Herbaceous

    • YouTube Review for the game "Herbaceous" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  13. The Isle of Cats

    All details for the board game The Isle of Cats and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for The Isle of Cats
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for The Isle of Cats

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Isle of Cats" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Chronicles of Crime

    All details for the board game Chronicles of Crime and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 3.

    More details for Chronicles of Crime
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime

    • YouTube Review for the game "Chronicles of Crime" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  15. Forgotten Waters

    All details for the board game Forgotten Waters and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Forgotten Waters
    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Cthulhu: Death May Die

    All details for the board game Cthulhu: Death May Die and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Encore!

    All details for the board game Encore! and similar games

    🔥 Deal: 23% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Encore!
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!6€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Encore!

    • YouTube Review for the game "Encore!" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  18. Cahoots

    All details for the board game Cahoots and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Cahoots
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Cahoots

    • YouTube Review for the game "Cahoots" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  19. Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box

    All details for the board game Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!73€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box

    • YouTube Review for the game "Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  20. Marvel United

    All details for the board game Marvel United and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Marvel United
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!34€ atAmazon.de
  21. Calico

    All details for the board game Calico and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards.

    More details for Calico
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition

    All details for the board game Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  23. It's a Wonderful World

    All details for the board game It's a Wonderful World and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    More details for It's a Wonderful World
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. MicroMacro: Crime City – Full House

    All details for the board game MicroMacro: Crime City – Full House and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!20€ atAmazon.de
  25. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

    All details for the board game Mansions of Madness: Second Edition and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  26. Terraforming Mars

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars and similar games

    Nominated for 26 awards and won 13.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Terraforming Mars
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars

    • YouTube Review for the game "Terraforming Mars" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  27. NMBR 9

    All details for the board game NMBR 9 and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for NMBR 9
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for NMBR 9

    • YouTube Review for the game "NMBR 9" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  28. Menara

    All details for the board game Menara and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Menara
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Everdell

    All details for the board game Everdell and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for Everdell
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 80 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Everdell

    • YouTube Review for the game "Everdell" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  30. Dune: Imperium

    All details for the board game Dune: Imperium and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dune: Imperium
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!43€ atAmazon.de

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