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 July 13, 2021. We compared 4317 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 7 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for MicroMacro: Crime City
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  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
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 70 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Wingspan

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wingspan" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wingspan" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  3. Cartographers

    All details for the board game Cartographers and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for Cartographers
    • Players1 - 100 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  4. Welcome To...

    All details for the board game Welcome To... and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    More details for Welcome To...
    • Players1 - 100 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Welcome To...

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Welcome To..." von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Welcome To..." von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Welcome To..." von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Welcome To..." von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  5. Star Realms: Frontiers

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Frontiers and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  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!
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  7. Trails of Tucana

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

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Trails of Tucana
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!16€ atAmazon.de
  8. Horrified

    All details for the board game Horrified and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Horrified
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Horrified

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Horrified" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Horrified" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  9. PARKS

    All details for the board game PARKS and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for PARKS
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!39€ atAmazon.de
  10. Legacy of Dragonholt

    All details for the board game Legacy of Dragonholt and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 - 999 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!60€ atAmazon.de
  11. 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
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for The Isle of Cats

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Isle of Cats" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Isle of Cats" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  12. Sagrada

    All details for the board game Sagrada and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards.

    More details for Sagrada
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  13. 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
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Chronicles of Crime" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Chronicles of Crime" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  14. Herbaceous

    All details for the board game Herbaceous and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Herbaceous
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Herbaceous

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Herbaceous" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Herbaceous" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  15. 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.

    More details for Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  16. 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
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!45€ atAmazon.de
  17. Encore!

    All details for the board game Encore! and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Encore!

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Encore!" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Encore!" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  18. Cthulhu: Death May Die

    All details for the board game Cthulhu: Death May Die and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  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
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!73€ atAmazon.de

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

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  20. Calico

    All details for the board game Calico and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Calico
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  21. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

    All details for the board game Mansions of Madness: Second Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  22. Cahoots

    All details for the board game Cahoots and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Cahoots
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!8€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Cahoots

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cahoots" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cahoots" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  23. It's a Wonderful World

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

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    More details for It's a Wonderful World
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de
  24. 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
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Terraforming Mars" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Terraforming Mars" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  25. Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition

    All details for the board game Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  26. NMBR 9

    All details for the board game NMBR 9 and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for NMBR 9
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for NMBR 9

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "NMBR 9" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "NMBR 9" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  27. Menara

    All details for the board game Menara and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Menara
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  28. The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  29. Marvel United

    All details for the board game Marvel United and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Marvel United
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  30. Everdell

    All details for the board game Everdell and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Everdell
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Everdell

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Everdell" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Everdell" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache

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