The best games with the 4x mechanism 2022

Looking for a really good game with 4x mechanism? Then we have just the thing for you: The list with the best 4X games 2022.

What are 4X (mechanism) games?

In this list you will find games, expansions, promos, etc. that use a 4X mechanism in gameplay, not just in pictures or the theme.

4X games are a growing family of games connected by 4 categories of gameplay, all of which are crucial elements of the game:

  • eXplore
    Exploring the map with units, revealing the terrain of the area or something significant hidden in the area. What is uncovered will affect the game now and/or later.
  • eXpand
    Expand the size of your territory by claiming areas on the map. Gaining or losing territory will affect the game.
  • eXploit
    Exploit the occupied territories by improving them, gaining some/or using the territory to increase your units and/or power. These 3 things (improve, gain, and use) can happen in any order.
  • eXterminate
    Eliminate other players with units (which can also be lost) from the game. It does not have to be very likely that a player can be eliminated from the game - only possible.

If it is impossible to eliminate a player from the game, but everything else (including combat) is like a 4X, the game is called a 3.5X.

The four Xs do not have to happen separately or one after the other.... they can be combined and happen at the same time. However, in a 4X game, all four Xs will enter.

Since all territories will eventually be claimed, attacking and/or eliminating the presence of a rival may be the only way to achieve further expansion.

List with the best games 2022, with 4x mechanism:

This list was last updated on July 4, 2022. We compared 70 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Scythe

    All details for the board game Scythe and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 10.

    More details for Scythe
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 115 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!63€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Scythe

    • YouTube Review for the game "Scythe" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. Rise of Tribes

    All details for the board game Rise of Tribes and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Rise of Tribes

    • YouTube Review for the game "Rise of Tribes" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. Xia: Legends of a Drift System

    All details for the board game Xia: Legends of a Drift System and similar games
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Xia: Legends of a Drift System

    • YouTube Review for the game "Xia: Legends of a Drift System" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  4. Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    All details for the board game Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition and similar games
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 240 - 480 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    👍 Good price!113€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition

    • YouTube Review for the game "Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  5. Barony

    All details for the board game Barony and similar games

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

    More details for Barony
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!39€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Barony

    • YouTube Review for the game "Barony" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Star Trek: Ascendancy

    All details for the board game Star Trek: Ascendancy and similar games
    • 3 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  7. Eclipse

    All details for the board game Eclipse and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 7.

    More details for Eclipse
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  8. Tiny Epic Kingdoms

    All details for the board game Tiny Epic Kingdoms and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Tiny Epic Kingdoms
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition

    All details for the board game Clash of Cultures: Monumental Edition and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 180 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    🔥 Great price!133€ atAmazon.de
  10. Forbidden Stars

    All details for the board game Forbidden Stars and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Forbidden Stars
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Forbidden Stars

    • YouTube Review for the game "Forbidden Stars" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  11. Empires: Age of Discovery

    All details for the board game Empires: Age of Discovery and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 50 - 150 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  12. 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
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  13. March of the Ants

    All details for the board game March of the Ants and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 70 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  14. Conquest of Paradise

    All details for the board game Conquest of Paradise and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Civilization: A New Dawn

    All details for the board game Civilization: A New Dawn and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Civilization: A New Dawn

    • YouTube Review for the game "Civilization: A New Dawn" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  16. Heroes of Land, Air & Sea

    All details for the board game Heroes of Land, Air & Sea and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. Dominant Species

    All details for the board game Dominant Species and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dominant Species
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  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
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 180 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    🔥 Great price!133€ atAmazon.de
  19. Imperial Stars II

    All details for the board game Imperial Stars II and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. Runewars

    All details for the board game Runewars and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Runewars
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 180 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  21. Galaxy Command

    All details for the board game Galaxy Command and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Dice Settlers

    All details for the board game Dice Settlers and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Dice Settlers
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Dice Settlers

    • YouTube Review for the game "Dice Settlers" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  23. Empires of the Void II

    All details for the board game Empires of the Void II and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 180 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  24. Horizons

    All details for the board game Horizons and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 75 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  25. Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game

    All details for the board game Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  26. Impulse

    All details for the board game Impulse and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  27. Master of the Galaxy

    All details for the board game Master of the Galaxy and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  28. Alien Artifacts

    All details for the board game Alien Artifacts and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Alien Artifacts
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!16€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Alien Artifacts

    • YouTube Review for the game "Alien Artifacts" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  29. Galactic Emperor

    All details for the board game Galactic Emperor and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Galactic Emperor
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  30. New Dawn

    All details for the board game New Dawn and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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