The best games where you can perform an ability once per game 2021

Looking for a really good game where you can perform an ability once per game? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best once-per-game skill games 2021.

What are once per game skill games?

In games on this list, players have a special ability that they can use once per game.

Often, players receive bonus victory points if they don't use their once-per-game abilities during the game.

Examples of games where you can perform an ability once per game:

These abilities can be unique to them, like "feats" in Warmachine, or common to all players, like the special power cards in Finca.

List of the best once-per-game skill games 2021

This list was last updated on December 6, 2021. We compared 29 board games for this list and selected the top 19. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Clank!: Legacy – Acquisitions Incorporated

    All details for the board game Clank!: Legacy – Acquisitions Incorporated and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  2. Watergate

    All details for the board game Watergate and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 4.

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

    Video reviews for Watergate

    • YouTube Review for the game "Watergate" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  3. Under Falling Skies

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. 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
  5. Gloomhaven

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    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • 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
  6. New York Slice

    All details for the board game New York Slice and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for New York Slice

    • YouTube Review for the game "New York Slice" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  7. Coffee Roaster

    All details for the board game Coffee Roaster and similar games
    • 1 Players
    • 10 - 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de
  8. Finca

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Finca
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!43€ atAmazon.de
  9. Specter Ops

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Specter Ops
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Specter Ops

    • YouTube Review for the game "Specter Ops" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  10. New York 1901

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Aton

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Stone Soup

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. King's Road

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Heaven & Ale

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for Heaven & Ale
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Scoville

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Godtear

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    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. Wonder Book

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. InBetween

    All details for the board game InBetween and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!31€ atAmazon.de
  19. Warmachine

    All details for the board game Warmachine and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Warmachine
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn

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