The best games with Secret Unit Deployment 🪂 2021

Looking for a really good game with hidden units 🪂? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best covert units games 2021.

What are hidden units games?

Covert unit games are games that contain hidden information. Only the player who controls certain game pieces has perfect information about the nature (or even the whereabouts) of those pieces. This mechanic is often used in war games to simulate the "Fog of War" familiar from copmuter games.

There is a strongly related category "Hidden Drawing". In "hidden draw" (e.g. Scotland Yard) the difference is that the units cannot actively influence the opponent (e.g. destroy units).

"Secret Unit Deployment" is also called "covert units".

Examples of games with hidden unit deployment

A good example of a covert unit game is the submarine game Captain Sonar.

List of best covert unit games 2021 🪂

This list was last updated on August 1, 2021. We compared 509 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. 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
  2. Captain Sonar

    All details for the board game Captain Sonar and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Captain Sonar
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Captain Sonar

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  3. Fugitive

    All details for the board game Fugitive and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Fugitive
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime5 - 20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Fugitive

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Fugitive" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Fugitive" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  4. Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan

    All details for the board game Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  5. 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: very easy
  6. 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
  7. Wildlands

    All details for the board game Wildlands and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Wildlands
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Wildlands

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wildlands" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wildlands" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wildlands" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wildlands" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  8. Thunder & Lightning

    All details for the board game Thunder & Lightning and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Thunder & Lightning

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Thunder & Lightning" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Thunder & Lightning" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  9. Jaws

    All details for the board game Jaws and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Jaws
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!26€ atAmazon.de
  10. Treasure Island

    All details for the board game Treasure Island and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Treasure Island
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!47€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Treasure Island

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Treasure Island" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Treasure Island" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Treasure Island" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Treasure Island" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Treasure Island" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Treasure Island" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  11. Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War

    All details for the board game Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  12. Evolution: Climate

    All details for the board game Evolution: Climate and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Evolution: Climate

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Evolution: Climate" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Evolution: Climate" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  13. Costume Party Detective

    All details for the board game Costume Party Detective and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  14. Rumble in the Dungeon

    All details for the board game Rumble in the Dungeon and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!16€ atAmazon.de
  15. Judge Dredd: Helter Skelter

    All details for the board game Judge Dredd: Helter Skelter and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. Specter Ops

    All details for the board game Specter Ops and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Specter Ops
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Specter Ops

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Specter Ops" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Specter Ops" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  17. 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
  18. Evolution

    All details for the board game Evolution and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Evolution
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Evolution

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Evolution" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Evolution" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  19. Good & Bad Ghosts

    All details for the board game Good & Bad Ghosts and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Good & Bad Ghosts
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!5€ atAmazon.de
  20. Polizei-Alarm!

    All details for the board game Polizei-Alarm! and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  21. Rumble in the House

    All details for the board game Rumble in the House and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 11% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Rumble in the House
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!8€ atAmazon.de
  22. Sweet Nose

    All details for the board game Sweet Nose and similar games
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Sweet Nose

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sweet Nose" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sweet Nose" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  23. Cold War: CIA vs KGB

    All details for the board game Cold War: CIA vs KGB and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  24. WARIGIN

    All details for the board game WARIGIN and similar games
    • Players2 - 3 Players
    • Playtime15 - 60 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for WARIGIN

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "WARIGIN" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "WARIGIN" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  25. Cthulhu in the House

    All details for the board game Cthulhu in the House and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime10 - 20 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!26€ atAmazon.de
  26. Lockup: A Roll Player Tale

    All details for the board game Lockup: A Roll Player Tale and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  27. Pathfinder

    All details for the board game Pathfinder and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  28. Victoria Cross II: Battle of Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift

    All details for the board game Victoria Cross II: Battle of Isandlwana & Rorke's Drift and similar games
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  29. Scotland Yard

    All details for the board game Scotland Yard and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 1983

    More details for Scotland Yard
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!24€ atAmazon.de
  30. Turin Market

    All details for the board game Turin Market and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime10 - 30 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

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