The best board games you can play by yourself 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 The negotiator - we have created a separate list for these games: The best games you can only play solo).

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.

Games with other number of players desired?

You can play board games, card games and dice games with a wide variety of players - even alone. We created many lists for every special number of players or player range. You find our "by number of players"-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 March 2, 2021. We compared 6076 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
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!26€ atAmazon.de
  2. Wingspan

    All details for the board game Wingspan and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 15.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Wingspan
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 70 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    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. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  4. 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
  5. 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
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de
  6. 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
  7. Gloomhaven

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!133€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  8. 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
  9. The Isle of Cats

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

    Nominated for 4 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
    💸 Too expensive!64€ atAmazon.de
  13. 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
  14. Forgotten Waters

    All details for the board game Forgotten Waters and similar games
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!48€ atAmazon.de
  15. 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
  16. 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
    💸 Too expensive!169€ atAmazon.de
  17. Marvel Champions: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Marvel Champions: The Card Game and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    More details for Marvel Champions: The Card Game
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Marvel Champions: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Marvel Champions: The Card Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Marvel Champions: The Card Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  18. 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
    💸 Too expensive!79€ atAmazon.de
  19. The 7th Continent

    All details for the board game The 7th Continent and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 2.

    More details for The 7th Continent
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime5 - 1000 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  20. It's a Wonderful World

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

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

    More details for It's a Wonderful World
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  21. Everdell

    All details for the board game Everdell and similar games

    Nominated for 8 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
  22. 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
    👍 Good price!28€ atAmazon.de
  23. Viticulture Essential Edition

    All details for the board game Viticulture Essential Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  24. Aeon's End: The New Age

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: The New Age and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Aeon's End: The New Age

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Aeon's End: The New Age" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Aeon's End: The New Age" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  25. Frostgrave: Second Edition

    All details for the board game Frostgrave: Second Edition and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  26. Aeon's End: War Eternal

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: War Eternal and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  27. Dune: Imperium

    All details for the board game Dune: Imperium and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  28. 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
  29. Aeon's End

    All details for the board game Aeon's End and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 22% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Aeon's End
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!47€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Aeon's End

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Aeon's End" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Aeon's End" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  30. Trails of Tucana

    All details for the board game Trails of Tucana and similar games
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de

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