The best player elimination board, card & dice games 2021

Looking for a good game where you kick out other players? Then we have just the thing: The best player elimination games 2021.

What are Player Elimination games about?

One or more players can be eliminated from the game or from a round and can no longer actively participate in the game or round. In German, "Player Elimination" is best translated as "Ausschalten von Spielern" or "eliminating players".

What happens to the material of an eliminated player?

In some of these "Player Elimination" games, all material of an eliminated player is also removed from the game; in others, the material may remain in the game as neutral material (Love Letter). For example, an eliminated player's armies and cities may disappear from a map or become neutral armies and cities.

Can eliminated players still win?

In most games, a retired player cannot win, but this is not necessarily the case. For example, in some games where victory is based on points, a retired player's score is still eligible to win.

Can a player be voluntarily eliminated?

In most games where a player is eliminated, a player is eliminated involuntarily. However, in some games a player may choose to be eliminated (in the hope that his score will be enough to win (e.g. in Wooly Wars).

Player elimination sometimes minor & rare

Player elimination is possible in some games, but rare in practice and does not occur in a "typical session" (e.g. Age of Steam).

Many games elimination of players as a central element

In some games, player elimination is common. In extreme cases, all but one player (the sole survivor = the eventual winner) is eliminated during a session (e.g. Titan). In many player elimination games, some players are typically eliminated, but not several other players (e.g. Werewolf and BANG!).

Two-player games are not part of this list

Elimination of players does not include pure two-player games where the goal is to defeat the opponent (e.g. Chess).

List of the best games to eliminate players 2021

This list was last updated on November 27, 2021. We compared 631 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Love Letter

    All details for the board game Love Letter and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Love Letter

    • YouTube Review for the game "Love Letter" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. 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
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Love Letter

    • YouTube Review for the game "Love Letter" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  3. Junk Art

    All details for the board game Junk Art and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Skull

    All details for the board game Skull and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Skull
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Skull

    • YouTube Review for the game "Skull" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Skull" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. Love Letter Premium

    All details for the board game Love Letter Premium and similar games
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Love Letter Premium

    • YouTube Review for the game "Love Letter Premium" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  6. Secret Hitler

    All details for the board game Secret Hitler and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 5 - 10 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. King of Tokyo: Dark Edition

    All details for the board game King of Tokyo: Dark Edition and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

    All details for the board game Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Star Realms: Frontiers

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Frontiers and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. King of Tokyo

    All details for the board game King of Tokyo and similar games

    Nominated for 19 awards and won 7.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Love Letter: Adventure Time

    All details for the board game Love Letter: Adventure Time and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  12. BANG! The Dice Game

    All details for the board game BANG! The Dice Game and similar games
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Loopin' Louie

    All details for the board game Loopin' Louie and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1994

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2006

    More details for Loopin' Louie
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!17€ atAmazon.de
  14. Coup

    All details for the board game Coup and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Coup
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Coup

    • YouTube Review for the game "Coup" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  15. Perudo

    All details for the board game Perudo and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1993

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. 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)
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  17. Exploding Kittens: Party Pack

    All details for the board game Exploding Kittens: Party Pack and similar games
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. 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
    • 2 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!26€ atAmazon.de
  19. Lovecraft Letter

    All details for the board game Lovecraft Letter and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 5 - 15 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Lovecraft Letter

    • YouTube Review for the game "Lovecraft Letter" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  20. Mini Mölkky

    All details for the board game Mini Mölkky and similar games
    • 2 - 99 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. Dungeon Mayhem

    All details for the board game Dungeon Mayhem and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  22. Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies

    All details for the board game Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. Clank! In! Space!: A Deck-Building Adventure

    All details for the board game Clank! In! Space!: A Deck-Building Adventure and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!66€ atAmazon.de
  24. Tsuro

    All details for the board game Tsuro and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  25. Good Cop Bad Cop (Third Edition)

    All details for the board game Good Cop Bad Cop (Third Edition) and similar games
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  26. Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition

    All details for the board game Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition and similar games
    • 5 - 68 Players
    • 30 - 90 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  27. Archer: Once You Go Blackmail...

    All details for the board game Archer: Once You Go Blackmail... and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  28. The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow

    All details for the board game The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow and similar games
    • 8 - 18 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  29. Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game

    All details for the board game Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 5.

    More details for Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!33€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  30. Welcome to the Dungeon

    All details for the board game Welcome to the Dungeon and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Welcome to the Dungeon

    • YouTube Review for the game "Welcome to the Dungeon" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Welcome to the Dungeon" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English

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