The best hand management games 2021

Looking for a game where the combination of cards makes them stronger and more powerful? Then check out our list of the best hand management games.

What does "Hand Management" mean in board games?

Hand management games are games with cards that reward players for playing the cards in specific sequences or groups. The optimal sequence/grouping can vary depending on the order of players, the cards still available, and the cards played by opponents. Managing your hand means getting the most value from the cards available under the circumstances. Cards can be used for more than one purpose in some games. This can disguise one's actions.

Examples of games with hand management

A good example of a hand management game is the Ticket to Ride series. Here, one manages one's hand by first collecting different colored train cars and then cleverly combining them.

Another example is Love Letter: here you always have a choice between two cards you have in your hand. For example, if you have a baron and the princess, you can safely kick another player out of the game.

List of the best hand management games 2021

This list was last updated on June 22, 2021. We compared 3803 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine

    All details for the board game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine and similar games

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 10.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de
  2. 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
    🔥 Great price!44€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  3. Jaipur

    All details for the board game Jaipur and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for Jaipur
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!10€ atAmazon.de
  4. Love Letter

    All details for the board game Love Letter and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Love Letter
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Love Letter

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  5. Love Letter

    All details for the board game Love Letter and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Love Letter

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  6. Junk Art

    All details for the board game Junk Art and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Junk Art
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  7. Skull

    All details for the board game Skull and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Skull
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Skull

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Skull" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Skull" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  8. Century: Golem Edition

    All details for the board game Century: Golem Edition and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  9. Love Letter Premium

    All details for the board game Love Letter Premium and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 16% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Love Letter Premium
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!11€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Love Letter Premium

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter Premium" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter Premium" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  10. Wingspan

    All details for the board game Wingspan and similar games

    Nominated for 23 awards and won 15.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Wingspan
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 70 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Wingspan

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wingspan" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  11. Star Realms: Colony Wars

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Colony Wars and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  12. Flamme Rouge

    All details for the board game Flamme Rouge and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for Flamme Rouge
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Flamme Rouge

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  13. Sushi Go!

    All details for the board game Sushi Go! and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Sushi Go!
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!9€ atAmazon.de
  14. Hanamikoji

    All details for the board game Hanamikoji and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Hanamikoji
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!10€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Hanamikoji

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Hanamikoji" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  15. Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume One

    All details for the board game Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume One and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. Rhino Hero

    All details for the board game Rhino Hero and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Rhino Hero
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime5 - 15 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!7€ atAmazon.de
  17. Star Realms

    All details for the board game Star Realms and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    More details for Star Realms
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. The Quest for El Dorado

    All details for the board game The Quest for El Dorado and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2017

    🔥 Deal: 11% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for The Quest for El Dorado
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Quest for El Dorado

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Quest for El Dorado" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  19. 5-Minute Dungeon

    All details for the board game 5-Minute Dungeon and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for 5-Minute Dungeon
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime5 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  20. Ticket to Ride: Europe

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride: Europe and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Ticket to Ride: Europe
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride: Europe

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride: Europe" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride: Europe" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  21. Lost Cities

    All details for the board game Lost Cities and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Lost Cities
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  22. Onitama

    All details for the board game Onitama and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Onitama
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 - 20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries and similar games
    • Players2 - 3 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  24. Unmatched: Cobble & Fog

    All details for the board game Unmatched: Cobble & Fog and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  25. Love Letter: Adventure Time

    All details for the board game Love Letter: Adventure Time and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  26. Ticket to Ride

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 10.

    Spiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Ticket to Ride
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  27. 6 nimmt!

    All details for the board game 6 nimmt! and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

    More details for 6 nimmt!
    • Players2 - 10 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!5€ atAmazon.de
  28. Century: Spice Road

    All details for the board game Century: Spice Road and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Century: Spice Road
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Century: Spice Road

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Century: Spice Road" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Century: Spice Road" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  29. Watergate

    All details for the board game Watergate and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Watergate
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!19€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Watergate

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Watergate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Watergate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  30. 7 Wonders

    All details for the board game 7 Wonders and similar games

    Nominated for 33 awards and won 19.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2011

    More details for 7 Wonders
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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