The best board games with exploration elements 2021

Looking for a board game that needs the explorer in you? We've created a list of the best exploration games 2021.

What are exploration games anyway?

Exploration games often encourage players to discover unknown areas or territories and search for specific objects, events and or people - for example to trade, settle new land or explore a lonely mansion.

The best exploration social games 2021

This list was last updated on October 20, 2021. We compared 998 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine

    All details for the board game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine and similar games

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 11.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Trails of Tucana

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. The Quest for El Dorado

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    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2017

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for The Quest for El Dorado

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Quest for El Dorado" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  4. Lost Cities

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. Deep Sea Adventure

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  6. Legacy of Dragonholt

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 999 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!60€ atAmazon.de
  7. Karuba

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    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2016

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!21€ atAmazon.de
  8. Forgotten Waters

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

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    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Diamant

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

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    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. 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
  11. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  12. Terraforming Mars

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    Nominated for 26 awards and won 13.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

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    • 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
  13. Space Base

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Space Base

    • YouTube Review for the game "Space Base" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Escape: The Curse of the Temple

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    Nominated for 9 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Escape: The Curse of the Temple

    • YouTube Review for the game "Escape: The Curse of the Temple" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  15. Unlock!: Timeless Adventures

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 4.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  17. The 7th Continent

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    Nominated for 17 awards and won 2.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 5 - 1000 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  18. Karak

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!23€ atAmazon.de
  19. Gloomhaven

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    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

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    • 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
  20. Magic Maze

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    Nominated for 14 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Magic Maze
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Magic Maze

    • YouTube Review for the game "Magic Maze" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Magic Maze" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  21. Tiny Epic Galaxies

    All details for the board game Tiny Epic Galaxies and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Tiny Epic Galaxies

    • YouTube Review for the game "Tiny Epic Galaxies" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  22. The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples

    All details for the board game The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  23. Burgle Bros.

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    Nominated for 5 awards.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Trapwords

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Trapwords

    • YouTube Review for the game "Trapwords" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  25. Endeavor: Age of Sail

    All details for the board game Endeavor: Age of Sail and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Endeavor: Age of Sail

    • YouTube Review for the game "Endeavor: Age of Sail" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  26. Galaxy Trucker

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. My Little Scythe

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!45€ atAmazon.de
  28. Arcadia Quest

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!98€ atAmazon.de
  29. Star Wars: Outer Rim

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Unlock!: Heroic Adventures

    All details for the board game Unlock!: Heroic Adventures and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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