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 August 1, 2021. We compared 23 board games for this list and selected the top 18. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  2. Watergate

    All details for the board game Watergate and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Watergate
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Watergate

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Watergate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Watergate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  3. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 4.

    More details for Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  4. Lost Ruins of Arnak

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

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Lost Ruins of Arnak
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!59€ atAmazon.de
  5. Gloomhaven

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!132€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  6. Under Falling Skies

    All details for the board game Under Falling Skies and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Under Falling Skies
    • Players1 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  7. New York Slice

    All details for the board game New York Slice and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for New York Slice

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "New York Slice" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "New York Slice" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  8. Samurai

    All details for the board game Samurai and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Samurai
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Samurai

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Samurai" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Samurai" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  9. Finca

    All details for the board game Finca and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Finca
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!45€ atAmazon.de
  10. Specter Ops

    All details for the board game Specter Ops and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Specter Ops
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Specter Ops

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Specter Ops" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Specter Ops" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  11. New York 1901

    All details for the board game New York 1901 and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for New York 1901
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  12. Stone Soup

    All details for the board game Stone Soup and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  13. 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
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  14. King's Road

    All details for the board game King's Road and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  15. Scoville

    All details for the board game Scoville and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Scoville
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  16. Godtear

    All details for the board game Godtear and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  17. InBetween

    All details for the board game InBetween and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. Warmachine

    All details for the board game Warmachine and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Warmachine
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

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