The best games where you damage your opponent but don't take them totally out of the game 2021

Looking for a really good game where you damage your opponent but don't take him out of the game? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best "Take that!" games 2021.

What are "Take that!" games?

Competitive maneuvers that directly attack an opponent's progress on the way to victory, but do not directly eliminate characters or components that represent the opponent. Such mechanisms include stealing, nullifying, or forcibly discarding an opponent's resources, actions, or abilities. A take-that maneuver often results in a dramatic change in the player's power position over a relatively short period of time.

Examples of games where you damage your opponent, but don't take them out of the game completely:

A good example of a Take That! game is Dominion and the many dominion-expansions. Here are some cards that can be used to actively damage the opponent, but not completely take him out of the game or throw him out. As an example, consider the following:

  • Witch: Each opponent must take a curse card (this takes up space in his deck)
  • Dungeon Master: The opponent must discard 2 hand cards and take a curse card
  • Possession: A player controls the next move of his left neighbor
  • Harlequin: All opponents discard their top card, if it is a point card they must take a curse. For all other cards, the current player decides whether he himself may take this card again from the supply, or the aggrieved player (advantageous e.g. with bad cards).

List of the best "Take that!" games 2021

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 938 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Star Realms: Colony Wars

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Colony Wars and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  2. Star Realms: Frontiers

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Frontiers and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  3. Star Realms

    All details for the board game Star Realms and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    More details for Star Realms
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  4. Coconuts

    All details for the board game Coconuts and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Coconuts
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Coconuts

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  5. Unmatched: Cobble & Fog

    All details for the board game Unmatched: Cobble & Fog and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. ICECOOL2

    All details for the board game ICECOOL2 and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for ICECOOL2

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  7. ICECOOL

    All details for the board game ICECOOL and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 6.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for ICECOOL
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for ICECOOL

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  8. 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

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  9. Survive: Escape from Atlantis!

    All details for the board game Survive: Escape from Atlantis! and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!12€ atAmazon.de
  10. Coup

    All details for the board game Coup and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Coup
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Coup

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  11. Unmatched: Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot

    All details for the board game Unmatched: Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  12. Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)

    All details for the board game Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)

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  13. Terraforming Mars

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars and similar games

    Nominated for 26 awards and won 13.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Terraforming Mars
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars

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  14. Exploding Kittens: Party Pack

    All details for the board game Exploding Kittens: Party Pack and similar games
    • Players2 - 10 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  15. Space Base

    All details for the board game Space Base and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Space Base
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!35€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Space Base

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  16. Dune: Imperium

    All details for the board game Dune: Imperium and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dune: Imperium
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  17. 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
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. Dominion

    All details for the board game Dominion and similar games

    Nominated for 32 awards and won 17.

    Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Dominion
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  19. Virus!

    All details for the board game Virus! and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  20. Potion Explosion

    All details for the board game Potion Explosion and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Potion Explosion
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Potion Explosion

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  21. Colt Express

    All details for the board game Colt Express and similar games

    Nominated for 18 awards and won 8.

    Spiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for Colt Express
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 - 40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!20€ atAmazon.de
  22. Dice Throne: Season One

    All details for the board game Dice Throne: Season One and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Dead Man's Draw

    All details for the board game Dead Man's Draw and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 - 15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  24. Good Cop Bad Cop (Third Edition)

    All details for the board game Good Cop Bad Cop (Third Edition) and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 - 45 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  25. Res Arcana

    All details for the board game Res Arcana and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Res Arcana
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de
  26. Twin It!

    All details for the board game Twin It! and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    🔥 Deal: 13% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Twin It!
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime5 - 10 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!13€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Twin It!

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  27. Fuji Flush

    All details for the board game Fuji Flush and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Fuji Flush
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime10 - 20 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Fuji Flush

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  28. Raptor

    All details for the board game Raptor and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Raptor
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!25€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Raptor

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  29. Shards of Infinity

    All details for the board game Shards of Infinity and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  30. Dungeon Raiders

    All details for the board game Dungeon Raiders and similar games
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Dungeon Raiders

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