The best games in which you explore space 🚀 2024

Looking for a really good space exploration game 🚀? Then we have just the thing: our list of the best space exploration games 2024.

What are space exploration games?

Space exploration games often have themes and storylines related to travel and adventure in space. Players often have to search for and collect resources and areas as the goal of the game.

Many of the popular space exploration games are also categorized under science fiction.

List of the best games in which you explore space 2024 🚀

This list was last updated on March 31, 2024. We compared 1141 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

    The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine is a cooperative trick-taking game that takes players on an adventurous space journey, filled with challenges and strategic gameplay.

    Nominated for 26 awards and won 13.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Planet Unknown

    All details for the board game Planet Unknown and similar games

    Planet Unknown is a competitive and strategic game for 1-6 players set in a future where Earth's resources are depleted. Players are tasked with developing the most efficient and habitable planet among a series of newfound worlds. Using polyomino-shaped tiles, each representing vital infrastructure, players work to efficiently cover their planets and build an effective support system for life.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for Planet Unknown
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 80 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!55€ atAmazon.de*
  3. Space Base

    All details for the board game Space Base and similar games

    Space Base is a dynamic and fast-paced dice game that blends strategy and luck, where players take on the roles of Commodores commanding a fleet of ships.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Space Base
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!36€ atAmazon.de*

    Video reviews for Space Base

    • YouTube Review for the game "Space Base" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  4. Terraforming Mars

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars and similar games

    Terraforming Mars is a strategic board game set in the 2400s, where players, representing giant corporations, embark on the colossal task of terraforming Mars. Sponsored by the World Government on Earth, each corporation competes to contribute most effectively to raising the planet's temperature, oxygen level, and ocean coverage to make Mars habitable. While players work together in the terraforming process, they also compete for victory points awarded for their contributions to terraforming, advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and other notable achievements.

    Nominated for 27 awards and won 14.

    ⭐️ 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
  5. Tiny Epic Galaxies

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

    In Tiny Epic Galaxies, each player commands a galactic empire, striving to expand their influence by acquiring contested planets and strengthening their cosmic armada. The game features an innovative dice-rolling combo mechanic, where the number of rolled dice corresponds to your galaxy's strength. These dice display symbols representing actions such as spaceship movement, resource acquisition, and the advancement of political or economic influence over newly discovered planets.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Tiny Epic Galaxies
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Tiny Epic Galaxies

    • YouTube Review for the game "Tiny Epic Galaxies" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Star Wars: Outer Rim

    All details for the board game Star Wars: Outer Rim and similar games

    Star Wars: Outer Rim is a thrilling and immersive board game that takes players into the expansive universe of Star Wars, particularly focusing on the fringes of the galaxy. This game is perfect for fans of the Star Wars saga who enjoy strategy, adventure, and role-playing elements.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Star Wars: Outer Rim
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!62€ atAmazon.de*
  7. Galaxy Trucker

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    Galaxy Trucker is a fast-paced, tile-laying board game that combines space adventure with ship construction and navigation challenges.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Galaxy Trucker
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Cosmic Encounter

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    Cosmic Encounter is an iconic board game that combines elements of strategy, diplomacy, and unique alien powers, set in a dynamic universe of shifting alliances and interstellar conflict.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Cosmic Encounter
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. First Rat

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for First Rat
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!33€ atAmazon.de*
  10. Star Wars: Rebellion

    All details for the board game Star Wars: Rebellion and similar games

    Star Wars: Rebellion is a grand strategy board game set in the Star Wars universe, offering an epic conflict between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance for two to four players.

    Nominated for 15 awards and won 4.

    More details for Star Wars: Rebellion
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 180 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Star Wars: Rebellion

    • YouTube Review for the game "Star Wars: Rebellion" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  11. Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy

    All details for the board game Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy and similar games

    Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy is an enhanced version of the original Eclipse game, first released in 2011. It's a grand strategy game set in the depths of space, where players lead their own interstellar civilizations to explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Eclipse: Second Dawn for the Galaxy
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 200 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    👍 Good price!122€ atAmazon.de*
  12. Race for the Galaxy

    All details for the board game Race for the Galaxy and similar games

    Race for the Galaxy is a captivating card game that immerses players in the challenge of building galactic civilizations. In this race through the cosmos, players use game cards to represent worlds, technologies, and developments as they strive for supremacy. Let's delve into the gameplay and discover what makes Race for the Galaxy unique.

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 4.

    More details for Race for the Galaxy
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de*
  13. Roll for the Galaxy

    All details for the board game Roll for the Galaxy and similar games

    Roll for the Galaxy is a dice-based strategy game for 2-5 players, where dice represent the populace tasked with building a space empire. It's a dice adaptation of the popular card game Race for the Galaxy.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Roll for the Galaxy
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  14. Galaxy Trucker (Second Edition)

    All details for the board game Galaxy Trucker (Second Edition) and similar games

    Galaxy Trucker (Second Edition) is a lively, family-friendly game where players race against time to build spaceships from scavenged parts and then navigate them through perilous space adventures. The game combines real-time strategy, tile placement, and a bit of chaos as players grab components from a shared pool to construct their vessels before launching into space for a series of hazardous journeys.

    More details for Galaxy Trucker (Second Edition)
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Beyond the Sun

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    Beyond the Sun is a strategic board game that places players at the forefront of humanity's technological advancement into the Spacefaring Era. Here, players shape the progress of human civilization in space while competing to become the dominant faction through scientific development, economic growth, and galactic influence.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

    More details for Beyond the Sun
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Space Park

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition

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    Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition is an engaging engine-building game where players take on the roles of corporations with the ambitious goal of terraforming Mars. The game combines strategic resource management and project development to make the red planet habitable.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  18. Alien Frontiers

    All details for the board game Alien Frontiers and similar games

    Alien Frontiers is a competitive board game where players vie to colonize an uncharted planet. As deep space colonists, players must skillfully manage resources, expand their fleet, research alien technology, and establish colonies to gain control of the new world.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Alien Frontiers
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF!

    All details for the board game Tiny Epic Galaxies BLAST OFF! and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. Jump Drive

    All details for the board game Jump Drive and similar games

    Jump Drive propels players into the vast expanse of the Race for the Galaxy universe through a swift and engaging card game. In this game of galactic expansion, players harness the power of the Jump Drive to explore new worlds, develop advanced technologies, and establish a dominant space empire. Players aim to find potent card combinations that propel their civilizations to prosperity and victory. As a standalone game, Jump Drive offers a more streamlined and quicker gameplay experience compared to its predecessor, Race for the Galaxy, making it accessible to newcomers while still challenging seasoned players with its strategic depth.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Jump Drive
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de*
  21. Wild Space

    All details for the board game Wild Space and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 15 - 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!23€ atAmazon.de*
  22. Pyramid Arcade

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Pyramid Arcade
    • 1 - 10 Players
    • 5 - 180 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Pyramid Arcade

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pyramid Arcade" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  23. Xia: Legends of a Drift System

    All details for the board game Xia: Legends of a Drift System and similar games

    Xia: Legends of a Drift System is a dynamic and immersive sandbox-style space adventure game designed for 3-5 players. Each player starts as a captain of a small starship, aiming to carve their path to fame and glory in an ever-changing galaxy.

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Xia: Legends of a Drift System
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Xia: Legends of a Drift System

    • YouTube Review for the game "Xia: Legends of a Drift System" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  24. Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game

    All details for the board game Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game and similar games

    Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is a semi-cooperative game that captures the tension and intrigue of the acclaimed Sci-Fi Channel series. It combines elements of mistrust, survival, and strategic gameplay.

    Nominated for 11 awards.

    More details for Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  25. MLEM: Space Agency

    All details for the board game MLEM: Space Agency and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    All details for the board game Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition and similar games

    Embark on an epic journey of galactic conquest in Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition. As a leader of one of seventeen unique factions, you'll navigate the vastness of space, striving for dominance through military might, political maneuvering, and economic prowess. The game unfolds around Mecatol Rex, the central planet, where the throne of the galaxy awaits the faction that can skillfully navigate the challenges of a dynamic and strategically constructed universe.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 240 - 480 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    👍 Good price!118€ atAmazon.de*

    Video reviews for Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    • YouTube Review for the game "Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  27. Ultra Tiny Epic Galaxies

    All details for the board game Ultra Tiny Epic Galaxies and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. Star Clicker

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Space Alert

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    Space Alert is a thrilling cooperative game where players become crew members of a spaceship navigating dangerous parts of the galaxy. Unique for its real-time gameplay, each mission in Space Alert is a frantic race against time, lasting precisely 10 minutes. The game stands out for its use of a soundtrack that not only enhances the thematic experience but also functions as a timer for the game.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Space Alert
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!42€ atAmazon.de*
  30. CATAN: Starfarers

    All details for the board game CATAN: Starfarers and similar games
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!60€ atAmazon.de*

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