The best games with improvements via Tech Tree or Tech Tracks 2021

Looking for a really good game with improvements via tech tree? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best tech tree games 2021.

What are Tech Tree games?

In tech tree games (also called technology or research tree or path), new actions become available to certain players during the game, or existing actions are improved. These are often themed as technologies, but don't have to be. In computer games, this principle made the [Civilazation series](https:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid_Meier%E2%80%99s_Civilization) popular starting in 1991.

Technique Tree & Technique Path

Sometimes this is expressed as a tree, where achieving one tech unlocks several other techs. Or it can be a linear path, where progressing along the tech path unlocks improved or new actions.

"Tech Tree" is sometimes also referred to as "Tech Path" or "Tech Tracks".

Examples of games with improvements via tech tree

A good example of a tech tree game is Brass Birmingham.

List of best tech tree games 2021

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 35 board games for this list and selected the top 26. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Endeavor: Age of Sail

    All details for the board game Endeavor: Age of Sail and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Endeavor: Age of Sail

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Endeavor: Age of Sail" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Endeavor: Age of Sail" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  2. Brass: Birmingham

    All details for the board game Brass: Birmingham and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 7.

    More details for Brass: Birmingham
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Brass: Birmingham

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  3. Scythe

    All details for the board game Scythe and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 10.

    More details for Scythe
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 115 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!65€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Scythe

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Scythe" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Scythe" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  4. Black Orchestra

    All details for the board game Black Orchestra and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Black Orchestra
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Black Orchestra

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Black Orchestra" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Black Orchestra" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  5. Paper Tales

    All details for the board game Paper Tales and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Paper Tales

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Paper Tales" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Paper Tales" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Paper Tales" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Paper Tales" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  6. Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    All details for the board game Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime240 - 480 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  7. Hansa Teutonica

    All details for the board game Hansa Teutonica and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for Hansa Teutonica
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!36€ atAmazon.de
  8. Tapestry

    All details for the board game Tapestry and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Tapestry
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!70€ atAmazon.de
  9. Era: Medieval Age

    All details for the board game Era: Medieval Age and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. Maracaibo

    All details for the board game Maracaibo and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Maracaibo
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  11. Terra Mystica

    All details for the board game Terra Mystica and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 13.

    More details for Terra Mystica
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!51€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Terra Mystica

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Terra Mystica" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Terra Mystica" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  12. Gaia Project

    All details for the board game Gaia Project and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for Gaia Project
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  13. Goa

    All details for the board game Goa and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Goa
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!40€ atAmazon.de
  14. Newton

    All details for the board game Newton and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Newton
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Newton

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Newton" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Newton" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  15. Space Empires: 4X

    All details for the board game Space Empires: 4X and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Space Empires: 4X
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  16. Anno 1800

    All details for the board game Anno 1800 and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!44€ atAmazon.de
  17. Diamonds Club

    All details for the board game Diamonds Club and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Diamonds Club
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime75 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  18. Clash of Cultures

    All details for the board game Clash of Cultures and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Clash of Cultures
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime180 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  19. Path of Light and Shadow

    All details for the board game Path of Light and Shadow and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  20. On Mars

    All details for the board game On Mars and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for On Mars
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 150 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: extreme
  21. The New Science

    All details for the board game The New Science and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  22. Dominations: Road to Civilization

    All details for the board game Dominations: Road to Civilization and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  23. Exodus: Proxima Centauri

    All details for the board game Exodus: Proxima Centauri and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  24. Bios: Origins (Second Edition)

    All details for the board game Bios: Origins (Second Edition) and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  25. Stellar Conquest

    All details for the board game Stellar Conquest and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Stellar Conquest
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime240 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  26. Hitler's War

    All details for the board game Hitler's War and similar games
    • Players2 - 3 Players
    • Playtime300 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

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