The best games with bidding / auction 2021

Looking for a really good game with bidding/auction? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best auction games 2021.

What are auction games?

The bidding or auction mechanism requires you to place a bid, usually a monetary bid, on items in an auction of goods to improve your position in the game. These goods allow players to take future actions or improve a position. The auction consists of taking turns placing bids on a particular item until a winner is determined, allowing the winner to take control of the item being bid on.

By the way, in English, "auction" is "auctioning" and "bidding" is "bidding."

Usually several items are auctioned

Usually there is a game rule that helps lower the price of the item being bid on if no player is interested in the item at its current price. In most games, once a winner is determined for an item, another auction is held for additional items. This process repeats until a game condition is met or the items are exhausted in the auction phase of the game. This is similar to worker placement, but workers can be displaced from places by higher bids.

Examples of games with auction mode:

In Power Grid, for example, you start without power plants and must win bids to be able to produce electricity. If you win the bid for a particular power plant, that player can add it to their current power plant inventory and produce more electricity in a given round.

In Vegas Showdown, players bid on rooms such as a slot machine or restaurant to build a larger hotel with more prestige and value. The winning players pay for the room based on their bid and place it in their hotel. In both examples, bidding is done in turn format and players have the option to pass on bids.

List of best auction games 2021:

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 986 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Skull

    All details for the board game Skull and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Skull
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Skull

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Skull" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Skull" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Skull" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Skull" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  2. No Thanks!

    All details for the board game No Thanks! and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for No Thanks!
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  3. Downforce

    All details for the board game Downforce and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Downforce
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  4. Biblios

    All details for the board game Biblios and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Biblios
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  5. High Society

    All details for the board game High Society and similar games
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  6. Stockpile

    All details for the board game Stockpile and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Stockpile
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  7. Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King

    All details for the board game Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 5.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 50 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!26€ atAmazon.de
  8. Campy Creatures

    All details for the board game Campy Creatures and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  9. Ra

    All details for the board game Ra and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Ra
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. El Grande Big Box

    All details for the board game El Grande Big Box and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!42€ atAmazon.de
  11. Five Tribes

    All details for the board game Five Tribes and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 5.

    More details for Five Tribes
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Five Tribes

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Five Tribes" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Five Tribes" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Five Tribes" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Five Tribes" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  12. Abyss

    All details for the board game Abyss and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Abyss
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  13. Felicity: The Cat in the Sack

    All details for the board game Felicity: The Cat in the Sack and similar games
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  14. Claim

    All details for the board game Claim and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Claim
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de
  15. Raccoon Tycoon

    All details for the board game Raccoon Tycoon and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Raccoon Tycoon

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Raccoon Tycoon" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Raccoon Tycoon" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Raccoon Tycoon" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  16. Panic on Wall Street!

    All details for the board game Panic on Wall Street! and similar games
    • Players3 - 11 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  17. 12 Days

    All details for the board game 12 Days and similar games
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  18. El Grande

    All details for the board game El Grande and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 1996

    More details for El Grande
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  19. The Estates

    All details for the board game The Estates and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for The Estates

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Estates" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Estates" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  20. Crypt

    All details for the board game Crypt and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 35 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Crypt

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Crypt" von "R2i games"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Crypt" von "R2i games"Sprache
  21. Pan Am

    All details for the board game Pan Am and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!47€ atAmazon.de
  22. Power Grid

    All details for the board game Power Grid and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    More details for Power Grid
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!34€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Power Grid

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Power Grid" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Power Grid" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Power Grid" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Power Grid" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  23. Honshū

    All details for the board game Honshū and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Honshū
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Honshū

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Honshū" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  24. Das Vermächtnis des Maharaja

    All details for the board game Das Vermächtnis des Maharaja and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  25. Watson & Holmes

    All details for the board game Watson & Holmes and similar games
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime45 - 75 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Watson & Holmes

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Watson & Holmes" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  26. Medici

    All details for the board game Medici and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!99€ atAmazon.de
  27. Manila

    All details for the board game Manila and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Manila
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!39€ atAmazon.de
  28. Dream Factory

    All details for the board game Dream Factory and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Dream Factory
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  29. Cyclades

    All details for the board game Cyclades and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards.

    More details for Cyclades
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!37€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Cyclades

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cyclades" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cyclades" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  30. Geek Out! Pop Culture Party

    All details for the board game Geek Out! Pop Culture Party and similar games
    • Players2 - 99 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

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