The best games where you can perform an ability once per game 2023

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 2023.

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 2023

This list was last updated on January 25, 2023. We compared 144 board games for this list and selected the top 30. 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. Wingspan

    All details for the board game Wingspan and similar games

    Nominated for 25 awards and won 16.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

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    • 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
  3. Watergate

    All details for the board game Watergate and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 4.

    More details for Watergate
    • 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
  4. 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

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!56€ atAmazon.de
  5. Under Falling Skies

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 4.

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    • 1 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 5.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  7. 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
    🔥 Great price!141€ atAmazon.de

    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
  8. Samurai

    All details for the board game Samurai and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Samurai
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Samurai

    • YouTube Review for the game "Samurai" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  9. Star Wars: Rebellion

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

    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
  10. 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
  11. Coffee Roaster

    All details for the board game Coffee Roaster and similar games
    • 1 Players
    • 10 - 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. 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
  13. Wonder Book

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. 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
  15. Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game

    All details for the board game Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game and similar games
    • 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
  16. Tapestry

    All details for the board game Tapestry and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. 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
  18. Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition)

    All details for the board game Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. Glass Road

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 80 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. Aton

    All details for the board game Aton and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

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

    All details for the board game Stone Soup and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  22. Heaven & Ale

    All details for the board game Heaven & Ale and similar games

    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
  23. King's Road

    All details for the board game King's Road and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Scoville

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  26. The Siege of Runedar

    All details for the board game The Siege of Runedar and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. Battles of Westeros

    All details for the board game Battles of Westeros and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  28. InBetween

    All details for the board game InBetween and similar games

    🔥 Deal: 13% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for InBetween
    • 2 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!31€ atAmazon.de
  29. AquaSphere

    All details for the board game AquaSphere and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 100 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  30. 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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