The best games where you can fulfill special tasks/contracts 2023

Looking for a really good game where you can fulfill special tasks/contracts? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best special tasks games 2023.

What are Special Tasks games?

In Special Tasks games, players fulfill contracts to earn rewards. These special tasks can be either public (where all players compete to be the first to fulfill them) or private (where only the owning player may fulfill them).

By the way, "special task games" or "contract games" are called "contract games" in English.

Examples of games where you can fulfill special tasks/contracts:

Many Risk versions include hidden contracts/special tasks. Each player draws special task cards at the beginning, which represent the victory condition for him - e.g. to conquer 2 continents, to destroy a certain opponent or to have occupied 24 arbitrary areas.

In the Ticket to Ride Series, for example, it is similar, at the beginning each player draws 2-3 special tasks and then during the game must establish the specified connection between the cities. If he manages to do this, he receives bonus points, if not, the points are deducted.

List of the best special tasks games 2023

This list was last updated on January 25, 2023. We compared 247 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Century: Golem Edition

    All details for the board game Century: Golem Edition and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Silver & Gold

    All details for the board game Silver & Gold and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Silver & Gold
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Wingspan

    All details for the board game Wingspan and similar games

    Nominated for 25 awards and won 16.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Wingspan
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 70 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Wingspan

    • YouTube Review for the game "Wingspan" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  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...
    • 1 - 100 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!20€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Welcome To...

    • YouTube Review for the game "Welcome To..." by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Welcome To..." by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. Splendor

    All details for the board game Splendor and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 12.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Splendor
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Splendor

    • YouTube Review for the game "Splendor" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Sagrada

    All details for the board game Sagrada and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards.

    More details for Sagrada
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. PARKS

    All details for the board game PARKS and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for PARKS
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de
  8. Ticket to Ride

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 11.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Ticket to Ride
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ticket to Ride" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. Century: Spice Road

    All details for the board game Century: Spice Road and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Century: Spice Road
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Century: Spice Road

    • YouTube Review for the game "Century: Spice Road" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  10. Everdell

    All details for the board game Everdell and similar games

    Nominated for 15 awards and won 5.

    More details for Everdell
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 80 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Everdell

    • YouTube Review for the game "Everdell" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  11. Terraforming Mars

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars and similar games

    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
  12. Lords of Waterdeep

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

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    More details for Lords of Waterdeep
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Port Royal

    All details for the board game Port Royal and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Port Royal
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 - 50 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Port Royal

    • YouTube Review for the game "Port Royal" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Lost Ruins of Arnak

    All details for the board game Lost Ruins of Arnak and similar games

    Nominated for 24 awards and won 8.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Lost Ruins of Arnak
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!56€ atAmazon.de
  15. Splendor: Marvel

    All details for the board game Splendor: Marvel and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de
  16. Viticulture Essential Edition

    All details for the board game Viticulture Essential Edition and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. Gizmos

    All details for the board game Gizmos and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Gizmos
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 50 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Raiders of the North Sea

    All details for the board game Raiders of the North Sea and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Raiders of the North Sea
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 80 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. Nova Luna

    All details for the board game Nova Luna and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for Nova Luna
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Nova Luna

    • YouTube Review for the game "Nova Luna" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  20. Noctiluca

    All details for the board game Noctiluca and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Noctiluca
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. Takenoko

    All details for the board game Takenoko and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 7.

    More details for Takenoko
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!35€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Takenoko

    • YouTube Review for the game "Takenoko" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  22. Orléans

    All details for the board game Orléans and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for Orléans
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  23. Istanbul: Big Box

    All details for the board game Istanbul: Big Box and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Istanbul: Big Box

    • YouTube Review for the game "Istanbul: Big Box" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  24. King of the Dice

    All details for the board game King of the Dice and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!12€ atAmazon.de
  25. Tiny Epic Galaxies

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

    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
  26. Stone Age

    All details for the board game Stone Age and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2008

    More details for Stone Age
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Stone Age

    • YouTube Review for the game "Stone Age" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  27. Flamecraft

    All details for the board game Flamecraft and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. Istanbul

    All details for the board game Istanbul and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Istanbul
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Istanbul

    • YouTube Review for the game "Istanbul" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  29. Scythe

    All details for the board game Scythe and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 10.

    More details for Scythe
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 115 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!70€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Scythe

    • YouTube Review for the game "Scythe" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  30. Century: A New World

    All details for the board game Century: A New World and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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