The best games with players having different skills 2021

Looking for a board game where everyone has different powers? Then we have just the thing: The 30 best games with "Variable Player Powers".

What are Variable Player Powers?

Games where each player has different abilities are called "Variable Player Powers". Each player has special actions that only he can perform or modify his standard actions.

Examples of different powers

Zombie Kidz Evolution](/zombie-kidz-evolution) uses the principle of "Variable Player Powers". Here there are up to four heroes from which each player can choose one. Each of these heroes has its own abilities that only he can do:

  • Heroine 1: Zombies that enter the same room as Heroine 1 are immediately removed from the playing field.
  • Heroine 2: If there is no zombie in the room, she can shoot zombies from one to an adjacent room.
  • Hero 3: If there is no zombie in the space, he can remove up to 2 zombies in adjacent spaces from the board.
  • Hero 4:He can go two spaces (all others only one space).

Other games with different abilities for each player are for example the Pandemic series, Terraforming Mars or Santorini.

List of best games 2021 where players have different skills

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 2277 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

    All details for the board game Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 12.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!45€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

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  2. Zombie Kidz Evolution

    All details for the board game Zombie Kidz Evolution and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for Zombie Kidz Evolution
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime5 - 15 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  3. The Resistance: Avalon

    All details for the board game The Resistance: Avalon and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for The Resistance: Avalon
    • Players5 - 10 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  4. Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  5. Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume One

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. Santorini

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    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Santorini
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de
  7. One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak

    All details for the board game One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak and similar games
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak

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  8. Werewords

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Werewords
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  9. Unmatched: Cobble & Fog

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. Horrified

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    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Horrified
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Horrified

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  11. 5-Minute Dungeon

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for 5-Minute Dungeon
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime5 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!21€ atAmazon.de
  12. One Night Ultimate Werewolf

    All details for the board game One Night Ultimate Werewolf and similar games
    • Players3 - 10 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!8€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for One Night Ultimate Werewolf

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  13. Cthulhu: Death May Die

    All details for the board game Cthulhu: Death May Die and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  14. BANG! The Dice Game

    All details for the board game BANG! The Dice Game and similar games
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de
  15. 7 Wonders

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    Nominated for 33 awards and won 19.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2011

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    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. Coup

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    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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  17. Downforce

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Downforce
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. 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
  19. 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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  20. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

    All details for the board game Mansions of Madness: Second Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  21. It's a Wonderful World

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    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    More details for It's a Wonderful World
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  22. Marvel United

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    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Marvel United
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!34€ atAmazon.de
  23. Terraforming Mars

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    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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  24. War Chest

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for War Chest
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for War Chest

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  25. Tokaido: Deluxe Edition

    All details for the board game Tokaido: Deluxe Edition and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  26. The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!34€ atAmazon.de
  27. Marvel Champions: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Marvel Champions: The Card Game and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    More details for Marvel Champions: The Card Game
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Marvel Champions: The Card Game

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  28. 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
  29. Dungeon Mayhem

    All details for the board game Dungeon Mayhem and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de
  30. The Red Dragon Inn: Allies – Spyke and Flower

    All details for the board game The Red Dragon Inn: Allies – Spyke and Flower and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

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