The best legacy board games - every game will be different! 2024

Looking for a really good Legacy game? We've picked out the 27 best legacy board games 2024 for you.

What are Legacy games?

Legacy games are board games whose rules and components change with each game of a legacy game. Everything depends on the outcome of each game played and the decisions made by the players. Players often have to make physical changes to the game: e.g., marking cards, applying stickers, destroying components, opening sealed envelopes.

In Legacy games, changes are permanent

The changes made in a Legacy game are designed to be permanent. The game experience of a Legacy game is realized in a campaign that can only be played once. To relive the complete game experience, players would need to purchase another copy of the game or, if available, a "recharge pack". So in almost all cases, the campaign can only be played once - but in some legacy games, the final expansion stage of the game can be played as many times as desired.

Permanent changes can be bypassed

Official and unofficial methods of bypassing legacy mechanisms are common in popular legacy games (re-peelable stickers, coating surfaces, ...).

List of the best legacy board games 2024

Attached now is the list with the best Legacy board games you can buy 2024:

This list was last updated on July 8, 2024. We compared 71 board games for this list and selected the top 27. 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

    Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 offers an extraordinary gaming experience as a cooperative campaign game, immersing players in an overarching story-arc that unfolds over 12-24 gripping sessions. The duration depends on your group's performance and the fate of the world. Here's an overview of this thrilling journey:

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 12.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  2. Zombie Kidz Evolution

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    Zombie Kidz Evolution is a pioneering legacy-style board game designed specifically for children. Building upon the foundation of the 2013 game Zombie Kidz, this version introduces a dynamic and evolving gameplay experience. Set in a school under siege by zombies, young players must navigate through rooms and entryways to fend off the undead and prevent them from overrunning the school. The objective is to lock all four entryways of the school, a task complicated by the absence of the custodian. As players progress and improve their skills, they can undertake missions and earn trophies and stickers, similar to achievements in video games. The game also features envelopes that, when opened, add new elements to the game, including challenges, powers, and heroes, keeping the gameplay fresh and engaging.

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 5.

    More details for Zombie Kidz Evolution
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 5 - 15 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

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    Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated is an innovative extension of the deck-building game Clank!, incorporating legacy-style elements. Players get the opportunity to establish and grow their own franchise of Acquisitions Incorporated, leading a team of intrepid adventurers on a quest for treasure and corporate fame. The game evolves uniquely across multiple play sessions, creating a personalized adventure campaign.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  4. Ticket to Ride Legacy: Legends of the West

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  5. Zombie Teenz Evolution

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Zombie Teenz Evolution
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Zombie Teenz Evolution

    • YouTube Review for the game "Zombie Teenz Evolution" by The Dice Tower
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Zombie Teenz Evolution" by Meeple University
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Zombie Teenz Evolution" by Scorpion Masqué
      Video is in English
  6. My City

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    My City is a groundbreaking competitive legacy game where players develop their own city across multiple epochs. This game uniquely blends city-building with the evolving challenges and narratives of a legacy format.

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for My City
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for My City

    • YouTube Review for the game "My City" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  7. The King's Dilemma

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    The King's Dilemma presents a captivating blend of narrative storytelling and strategy, set in the fictional Kingdom of Ankist. As players, you step into the roles of leaders of various noble houses, each with your own agendas and influence, making critical decisions that shape the fate of the kingdom.

    Nominated for 7 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for The King's Dilemma
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for The King's Dilemma

    • YouTube Review for the game "The King's Dilemma" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "The King's Dilemma" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  8. Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

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    Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 transports you to 1962, at the height of the Cold War, where a mysterious Soviet bioweapon called "Project MEDUSA" threatens global safety. As newly recruited CIA agents and medical graduates, you and your team are tasked with a critical mission: investigate and halt the development of this deadly pathogen. This game stands alone as a thrilling prequel to the earlier seasons of Pandemic Legacy, immersing players in a tense world of espionage and covert operations.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Pandemic Legacy: Season 0
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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    Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is a standalone adventure game that serves as a prequel to the highly acclaimed Gloomhaven. It's designed to be more accessible to a broader audience, with streamlined rules and an integrated tutorial.

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 5.

    More details for Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  10. Aeon's End: Legacy

    All details for the board game Aeon's End: Legacy and similar games

    Aeon's End: Legacy immerses players into the world of breach mages, defenders of Gravehold, the last bastion of humanity. As apprentices, players are inspired by legendary mages like Brama, Dezmodia, Mist, Malastar, and Xaxos, each embodying unique traits and powers.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Aeon's End: Legacy
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Aeon's End: Legacy

    • YouTube Review for the game "Aeon's End: Legacy" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  11. Gloomhaven

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    Gloomhaven is a Euro-inspired tactical combat game set in a persistent and evolving world. Players assume the roles of adventurers, each with unique skills and motives, as they explore dungeons, ruins, and engage in cooperative battles against automated monsters.

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  12. Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

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    Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 is an epic, cooperative board game that continues the narrative and innovative gameplay of its predecessor. This game is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humanity struggles to survive after a devastating plague. It offers a unique gaming experience, where players' decisions and actions have long-lasting consequences, making each playthrough distinct.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 2" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  13. Risk Legacy

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    Risk Legacy is a revolutionary approach to the classic board game Risk, introducing the concept of a "campaigning" board game. What sets Risk Legacy apart is its evolving nature; the game changes over time, influenced by the outcomes of each session and the decisions made by players. This version of Risk creates a unique and persistent world that is shaped by the players' actions, resulting in a customized gaming experience.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Risk Legacy
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Risk Legacy

    • YouTube Review for the game "Risk Legacy" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Machi Koro Legacy

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. My Island

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for My Island
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Betrayal Legacy

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    Betrayal Legacy evolves the classic haunted mansion exploration of Betrayal at House on the Hill with a legacy twist. Set over several decades, players represent different generations of families, delving into the mysteries of a foreboding mansion. This narrative-driven game evolves with each play, creating a unique and persistent story.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Betrayal Legacy
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. We Didn't Playtest This: Legacies

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    • 2 - 15 Players
    • 1 - 10 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. Frosthaven

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  19. Charterstone

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    Charterstone invites players into the Kingdom of Greengully, where they are tasked with building a new village as part of a grand decree by the Forever King. This competitive legacy game evolves with each play, offering a unique and enduring experience.

    Nominated for 7 awards.

    More details for Charterstone
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  20. The Rise of Queensdale

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for The Rise of Queensdale

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Rise of Queensdale" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  21. Shadowrun: Crossfire

    All details for the board game Shadowrun: Crossfire and similar games

    Shadowrun: Crossfire plunges players into the perilous depths of the Shadowrun universe, a world where magic meets machinery and danger lurks in every shadow. This cooperative deck-building game invites two to four players to form a team of shadowrunners, those who operate on the fringes of society, undertaking high-stakes missions for profit and survival. With a dynamic mix of strategy and teamwork, players navigate through a series of challenging scenarios, from corporate espionage to street-level skirmishes, all while enhancing their abilities and arsenal.

    More details for Shadowrun: Crossfire
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  22. Shadowrun: Crossfire – Prime Runner Edition

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  23. Ultimate Werewolf Legacy

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    • 8 - 16 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Ultimate Werewolf Legacy

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ultimate Werewolf Legacy" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Ultimate Werewolf Legacy" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  24. Divinus

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  25. Aeon's End: Legacy of Gravehold

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  26. SeaFall

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    SeaFall is a groundbreaking board game that marries the exploration and expansion elements of 4X games with a dynamic, evolving narrative, inspired by the age of sail and discovery. Unlike traditional 4X games, SeaFall emphasizes exploration, expansion, exploitation, and experience over extermination, ensuring that players remain engaged in a world that remembers their choices and actions.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for SeaFall
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for SeaFall

    • YouTube Review for the game "SeaFall" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  27. First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet

    All details for the board game First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet and similar games

    First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet transforms the intense survival experience of Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island to the desolate landscape of Mars, challenging players to overcome the relentless threats posed by the Red Planet. Leveraging an innovative app to guide gameplay, the game seamlessly blends traditional board game mechanics with modern technology, creating a dynamic and immersive experience.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Hard to learn

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