The best push-your-luck board, card & games 🍀 2021

Are you risk-ready and looking for a good party game? Then we have just the thing: The 30 best push your luck games 2021 🍀.

What is Push your luck?

Push your Luck games are games in which you test your luck by pushing it more and more - you "play poker". Players usually have to decide whether to settle for existing winnings or risk it all for more rewards. In German, it is best described as "pushing your luck".

Push Your Luck as a game mechanic

"Push your luck" or "press your luck" games are games where a game repeatedly asks you a question or task and you can keep answering or completing the task endlessly (or very often). So you can continue with this action and win more and more points. Note, however, that the stakes increase each time, as does the tension, because one misstep.... and everything is gone. It's a kind of double or nothing game.

Probability calculation

The player must keep track of his odds (what he can roll, what's left in the deck, etc.) and make decisions based on this incomplete knowledge or probabilities. Similarly, in a game like blackjack, you can keep telling the dealer to give you another card. If you don't stop, you will go over 21 and lose.

So don't push your luck too far in these "push your luck" games!

List of the best push your luck games 2021 🍀

This list was last updated on November 27, 2021. We compared 827 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Codenames

    All details for the board game Codenames and similar games

    Nominated for 27 awards and won 15.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Codenames
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  2. Codenames: Duet

    All details for the board game Codenames: Duet and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 4.

    More details for Codenames: Duet
    • 2 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 11+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Codenames: Duet

    • YouTube Review for the game "Codenames: Duet" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    All details for the board game The Quacks of Quedlinburg and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 9.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for The Quacks of Quedlinburg
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!20€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  4. Codenames: Pictures

    All details for the board game Codenames: Pictures and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    More details for Codenames: Pictures
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!16€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Codenames: Pictures

    • YouTube Review for the game "Codenames: Pictures" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. No Thanks!

    All details for the board game No Thanks! and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for No Thanks!
    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Coconuts

    All details for the board game Coconuts and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Coconuts
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Coconuts

    • YouTube Review for the game "Coconuts" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. 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
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!14€ atAmazon.de
  10. Deep Sea Adventure

    All details for the board game Deep Sea Adventure and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. King of Tokyo

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    Nominated for 19 awards and won 7.

    More details for King of Tokyo
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!27€ atAmazon.de
  12. 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
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride: Europe

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ticket to Ride: Europe" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  13. Herbaceous

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Herbaceous
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Herbaceous

    • YouTube Review for the game "Herbaceous" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Diamant

    All details for the board game Diamant and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for Diamant
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  15. Ticket to Ride

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

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 11.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Ticket to Ride
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ticket to Ride" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  16. Coloretto

    All details for the board game Coloretto and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for Coloretto
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!7€ atAmazon.de
  17. Can't Stop

    All details for the board game Can't Stop and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. 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
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de
  19. Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box

    All details for the board game Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!69€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box

    • YouTube Review for the game "Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  20. Archaeology: The New Expedition

    All details for the board game Archaeology: The New Expedition and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. Celestia

    All details for the board game Celestia and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Celestia
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Celestia

    • YouTube Review for the game "Celestia" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  22. 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
  23. Port Royal

    All details for the board game Port Royal and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Port Royal
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 - 50 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!8€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Port Royal

    • YouTube Review for the game "Port Royal" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  24. Smart10

    All details for the board game Smart10 and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    More details for Smart10
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  25. Escape: The Curse of the Temple

    All details for the board game Escape: The Curse of the Temple and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 1.

    More details for Escape: The Curse of the Temple
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Escape: The Curse of the Temple

    • YouTube Review for the game "Escape: The Curse of the Temple" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  26. Meeple Circus

    All details for the board game Meeple Circus and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Meeple Circus
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. PUSH

    All details for the board game PUSH and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de
  28. 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
  29. Viva Topo!

    All details for the board game Viva Topo! and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003

    More details for Viva Topo!
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!22€ atAmazon.de
  30. Dead Man's Draw

    All details for the board game Dead Man's Draw and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 15 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable

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