The best roll & write games 🎲🖋 2024

Roll&Write games are (usually) small and handy dice games 🎲🖋. The player rolls the dice and marks the results on sheets of paper or erasable boards. Another common factor is that marking decisions made in previous turns constrain a player's marking decisions in future turns.

Roll & Write games in a nutshell

  • The forefather of roll-and-write games is Yahtzee). In Germany named "Kniffel" appeared in 1972, but in the USA under the name "Yahtzee" already in 1956. Since then many different kinds of games with many creative ideas have appeared.
  • In contrast to Kniffel (Once on your turn, you may roll the dice 3 times to make special combinations of dice. The goal is to achieve the highest possible score at the end. Risky decisions are provoked to win the game), modern incarnations of roll-&-write games may involve more direct player interaction. Sometimes in the form of dice selection, but sometimes by being the first to trigger a particular event or by locking out other players.
  • Often not only one player's dice result is active, but all players can use it to take an action. The waiting time is therefore much shorter than with Kniffel - especially with several people.
  • The games in the Kniffel family and their generic version "Yacht" are subgroups of the Roll-and-Write family. So these games also belong in this overview.
  • Roll & Write often contain an extra solo variant.
  • Sometimes cards are used instead of dice - then the games are called "Flip-and-Write". Since the principles are so similar, we have included the flip-and-write games in this list as well.

The best Flip-/Roll-&-Write games 🎲🖋

But now to our overview with the best Flip- and Roll-&-Write games 2024

This list was last updated on March 31, 2024. We compared 842 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. That's Pretty Clever!

    All details for the board game That's Pretty Clever! and similar games

    That's Pretty Clever is a strategic dice game where players must make thoughtful choices to optimize their score. The game's title, Ganz schön clever in German, aptly describes the need for cleverness and tactical thinking.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for That's Pretty Clever!
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de*
  2. Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition

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    Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition is a captivating multiplayer puzzle game that combines strategy and luck to create a unique gaming experience.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Qwixx

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    Qwixx is a fast-paced and engaging dice game that involves all players actively, regardless of whose turn it is. It combines simple mechanics with a need for strategic decision-making, making it a fun and interactive game for all involved.

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Qwixx
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Encore!

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    Encore! (originally published as Noch mal!) is a dice-based board game that challenges players with strategic choices and a touch of luck. In this game, players use dice to determine the colors and the number of spaces they can mark off on their playing sheets.

    More details for Encore!
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Encore!

    • YouTube Review for the game "Encore!" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition

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    Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition is a dynamic and engaging multiplayer puzzle game where players aim to build the most efficient transportation network. The game revolves around connecting as many exits as possible on individual erasable boards using routes determined by dice rolls. Strategic planning is key, as players must balance the desire to expand their network with the risk of leaving routes incomplete.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  6. Qwixx: Connected

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Qwinto

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    Qwinto offers a refreshing twist on the roll-and-write genre, engaging players in a simultaneous play experience where quick thinking and strategic number placement are key to victory. In this game, players race to fill out their scoresheets with ascending numbers in three colorful rows, while navigating the constraints of overlapping columns and avoiding duplicates to maximize their scores.

    More details for Qwinto
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  8. Qwixx: 10 Jahre Limited-Edition

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  9. Lost Cities: Roll & Write

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!11€ atAmazon.de*
  10. Railroad Ink Challenge: Lush Green Edition

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. My City: Roll & Build

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!11€ atAmazon.de*
  12. Qwixx: Big Points

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Twice as Clever!

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    Twice as Clever! (original title: Doppelt so clever) is a dice-based strategy game that builds on the mechanics introduced in its predecessor, Ganz schön clever. This game offers new challenges and additional strategic layers, providing an engaging experience for both fans of the original game and newcomers.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Twice as Clever!
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Qwixx Mixx

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  15. Calavera

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de*

    Video reviews for Calavera

    • YouTube Review for the game "Calavera" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  16. Qwixx On Board

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  17. Dizzle

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. Qwixx: Bonus

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Fleet: The Dice Game (Second Edition)

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. Trek 12: Himalaya

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 27% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Trek 12: Himalaya
    • 1 - 50 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!14€ atAmazon.de*
  21. Rolling Realms

    All details for the board game Rolling Realms and similar games

    Rolling Realms is a roll-and-write game designed by Jamey Stegmaier, born out of the desire to connect and engage with people globally during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. This game transcends the traditional board game format by allowing an infinite number of players to join, making it ideal for both live and virtual play sessions.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Rolling Realms
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age

    All details for the board game Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age and similar games

    Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age is a captivating dice game that immerses players in the task of building and advancing their civilizations. This game combines elements of luck, strategy, and resource management, making it an engaging experience for players who enjoy civilization-building themes.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2010

    More details for Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. Railroad Ink Challenge: Shining Yellow Edition

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!19€ atAmazon.de*
  24. Fleet: The Dice Game

    All details for the board game Fleet: The Dice Game and similar games

    Fleet: The Dice Game offers a strategic and immersive experience as players return to the bustling Ridback Bay to engage in the competitive fishing industry. Unlike typical roll and write games, Fleet: The Dice Game introduces complex decision-making and strategy, accommodating 1-4 players and including a robust solo mode.

    More details for Fleet: The Dice Game
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  25. Knapp Daneben!

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Knapp Daneben!

    • YouTube Review for the game "Knapp Daneben!" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  26. Harvest Dice

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Harvest Dice
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. That's Pretty Clever! Kids

    All details for the board game That's Pretty Clever! Kids and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2022

    🔥 Deal: 10% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for That's Pretty Clever! Kids
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!9€ atAmazon.de*
  28. Roll Through the Ages: The Late Bronze Age

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Bravo!

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

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

    More details for Bravo!
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!9€ atAmazon.de*

    Video reviews for Bravo!

    • YouTube Review for the game "Bravo!" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  30. Twenty One

    All details for the board game Twenty One and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Twenty One

    • YouTube Review for the game "Twenty One" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English

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