The best games in which the players at the back are favored (Catch the Leader) 2021

Looking for a really good game where those behind are favored? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of "best first to catch up" games 2021.

What are first to catch up games?

Game systems favor players who are behind - or disadvantage players who are ahead. In computer games the principle is called "Catch-Up" - known e.g. from racing games like [Need for Speed](https:// de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Need_for_Speed) or [Mario Kart](https:// de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Kart): Here those behind are rewarded with higher speed and in Mario Kart additionally with better specials.

If this advantage is concretely limited to the turn order, then the further category "statistically determined start player" is used.

In English, by the way, "catching first" is called "catching the leader".

Examples of games that favor those behind:

A good example of a catch-first game is The Quacks of Quedlinburg.

list of the best first catch up games 2021

This list was last updated on June 15, 2021. We compared 26 board games for this list and selected the top 25. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    All details for the board game The Quacks of Quedlinburg and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 9.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for The Quacks of Quedlinburg
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  2. Flamme Rouge

    All details for the board game Flamme Rouge and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for Flamme Rouge
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Flamme Rouge

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  3. My City

    All details for the board game My City and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for My City
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!26€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for My City

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "My City" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  4. Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King

    All details for the board game Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 5.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 50 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de
  5. Dice Town

    All details for the board game Dice Town and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dice Town
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. YINSH

    All details for the board game YINSH and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for YINSH
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!26€ atAmazon.de
  7. Cartagena

    All details for the board game Cartagena and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2014

    🔥 Deal: 59% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Cartagena
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!10€ atAmazon.de
  8. Lords of Vegas

    All details for the board game Lords of Vegas and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Lords of Vegas
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Lords of Vegas

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Lords of Vegas" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  9. Suburbia

    All details for the board game Suburbia and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Suburbia
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  10. Power Grid

    All details for the board game Power Grid and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    More details for Power Grid
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Power Grid

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Power Grid" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Power Grid" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Power Grid" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  11. Pit Crew

    All details for the board game Pit Crew and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Pit Crew
    • Players2 - 9 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  12. Dicey Peaks

    All details for the board game Dicey Peaks and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 50 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  13. Blue Banana

    All details for the board game Blue Banana and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Blue Banana
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  14. Charterstone

    All details for the board game Charterstone and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards.

    More details for Charterstone
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 75 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  15. Aristeia!

    All details for the board game Aristeia! and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  16. Tammany Hall

    All details for the board game Tammany Hall and similar games
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Tammany Hall

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Tammany Hall" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  17. Viral

    All details for the board game Viral and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Viral
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  18. The Expanse Board Game

    All details for the board game The Expanse Board Game and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for The Expanse Board Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Expanse Board Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Expanse Board Game" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Expanse Board Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  19. Dicey Goblins

    All details for the board game Dicey Goblins and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  20. Age of Steam

    All details for the board game Age of Steam and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Age of Steam
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  21. GOSU

    All details for the board game GOSU and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for GOSU
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  22. Weiß Schwarz

    All details for the board game Weiß Schwarz and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  23. Glorantha: The Gods War

    All details for the board game Glorantha: The Gods War and similar games
    • Players3 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  24. Breaking Bad: The Board Game

    All details for the board game Breaking Bad: The Board Game and similar games
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!43€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Breaking Bad: The Board Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Breaking Bad: The Board Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Breaking Bad: The Board Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  25. Three Kingdoms Redux

    All details for the board game Three Kingdoms Redux and similar games
    • Players3 Players
    • Playtime135 - 165 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Three Kingdoms Redux

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Three Kingdoms Redux" von "BoardGameGeek"
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