The best games with "Highest-Lowest" scoring 2024

Looking for a really good game with "Highest-Lowest" scoring? Then we have just the thing for you: The list with the best "Highest-Lowest" scoring games 2024.

What are "Highest/Lowest" scoring games?

In "Highest-Lowest" scoring games, the score achieved by a player is equal to the lowest value from several categories. Whoever has the highest lowest score is the winner.

Highest-Lowest scoring is a special case of collection mechanism/set collection, where only complete sets are counted.

Examples of games with Highest-Lowest Scoring

This system is usually known as Knizia scoring. Tigris & Euphrates is an early example of this mechanism. Players collect four different color cubes - red, green, blue, and yellow - and their score is the color they have the least of. A player with 12 red, 10 green, 6 blue, and 2 yellow cubes has a final score of 2. This forces players not to specialize too much in which cubes they collect.

List of best highest-lowest score games 2024

This list was last updated on March 31, 2024. We compared 156 board games for this list and selected the top 27. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. That's Pretty Clever!

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    That's Pretty Clever is a strategic dice game where players must make thoughtful choices to optimize their score. The game's title, Ganz schön clever in German, aptly describes the need for cleverness and tactical thinking.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for That's Pretty Clever!
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de*
  2. High Society

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    High Society is a competitive auction-style card game designed by Reiner Knizia, where players vie to acquire wealth and status while avoiding financial pitfalls. The game focuses on strategic bidding and careful money management.

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Ingenious

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    Ingenious, also known as Einfach Genial, is a strategic tile-placement game that challenges players to think tactically about color scoring. It's a game that balances individual progress with the need to perform well across different areas.

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Ingenious
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. Between Two Cities

    All details for the board game Between Two Cities and similar games

    Between Two Cities is a collaborative, tile-drafting board game set in the early 1800s, a period of significant urban development. Players take on the role of master city planners, working in partnership to design two distinct cities.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Between Two Cities
    • 1 - 7 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig

    All details for the board game Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig and similar games

    Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a distinctive tile-drafting game where players take on the role of master builders, collaboratively designing grand castles for the whimsical and demanding King Ludwig. This game is a unique collaboration between Stonemaier Games and Bezier Games, blending elements of creativity, strategy, and cooperation.

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    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Ingenious: Travel Edition

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Beer & Bread

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!25€ atAmazon.de*
  8. Nile DeLuxor

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  9. Axio

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Axio

    • YouTube Review for the game "Axio" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  10. Tigris & Euphrates

    All details for the board game Tigris & Euphrates and similar games

    Reiner Knizia's Tigris & Euphrates is a highly regarded strategy board game, often considered his masterpiece. It's set in the ancient fertile crescent and involves building civilizations through strategic tile placement.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Tigris & Euphrates
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Tigris & Euphrates

    • YouTube Review for the game "Tigris & Euphrates" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  11. Yellow & Yangtze

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Yellow & Yangtze

    • YouTube Review for the game "Yellow & Yangtze" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  12. Ingenious Extreme

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Heaven & Ale

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    Heaven & Ale is a strategic board game set in the intriguing world of monastic brewing. Players take on the roles of monks in charge of ancient monasteries, tasked with brewing high-quality beer. The game combines resource management, timing, and competitive elements, challenging players to skillfully balance the upgrading of their monastery's garden with the efficient harvesting of resources necessary for brewing.

    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
  14. Fields of Arle

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    Fields of Arle is a strategic farming simulation board game designed by Uwe Rosenberg. Set in the small East Frisian town of Arle, it allows one to two players to experience the life of farmers during a period of prosperity, focusing on the cultivation of flax and other agricultural ventures.

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Fields of Arle
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Fields of Arle

    • YouTube Review for the game "Fields of Arle" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  15. Lords of Xidit

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    Lords of Xidit is a high-stakes strategy game set in the mythical kingdom of Xidit. Players take on the roles of Idrakys, noble heirs tasked with recruiting soldiers, reclaiming cities, and battling the corrupted creatures unleashed by the Black Southern Host.

    More details for Lords of Xidit
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!40€ atAmazon.de*

    Video reviews for Lords of Xidit

    • YouTube Review for the game "Lords of Xidit" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  16. Allegra

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Allegra
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!11€ atAmazon.de*
  17. A Game of Thrones: B'Twixt

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends

    All details for the board game Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends and similar games

    Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends is a captivating game of magical strategy and tactics, where two to four players assume the roles of summoners in an epic arena battle. Each summoner, either working alone or in teams, demonstrates their mastery of magic by deploying minions to create complex patterns, summoning powerful beings, and outmaneuvering their opponents.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends

    • YouTube Review for the game "Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  19. Crown of Emara

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    Crown of Emara cleverly blends elements of card management and worker placement into a strategic board game set in a peaceful and prosperous kingdom. Players compete to become the successor of the benevolent King Thedorius by proving their ability to care for the citizens of Emara. The game challenges players to balance the demands of building homes and meeting the needs of the citizens, all while navigating their counselors around two separate roundabouts to maximize the efficiency of their actions.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Crown of Emara
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Crown of Emara

    • YouTube Review for the game "Crown of Emara" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  20. Merchants of the Dark Road

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    Merchants of the Dark Road immerses you in a world where the sun sets for an extended dark season, and the perilous task of connecting cities falls upon a courageous few. As a merchant navigating these treacherous paths, your quest for wealth and renown unfolds on a board intricately designed with a rondel action system at its core. Here, strategy involves collecting items, equipping your caravan, engaging with heroes, and mastering the market—all while the allure of adventure and the promise of fame beckon.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Merchants of the Dark Road
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  21. Welcome to Centerville

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 80 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Samurai: The Card Game

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. The Prodigals Club

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 100 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  24. Wendake

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    🔥 Deal: 6% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Wendake
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    🔥 Great price!50€ atAmazon.de*
  25. Ker Plunk

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  26. Sapiens

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  27. Einfach Genial Junior

    All details for the board game Einfach Genial Junior and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable

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