The best semi-cooperative board games 🤝 2021

Are you looking for a cooperative 🤝 game where only one can win - but if things go bad, everyone loses? These are semi-cooperative games, we have listed the best ones.

What are semi-cooperative games?

The term "semi-cooperative" cannot be defined so clearly. We understand it as follows: You cooperate and play against each other in the same game. There is only one winner or one party - all others are losers. But it can also be the case that nobody wins and everybody loses the game. So semi-co-op games are like a love-hate relationship with your fellow players - you can't play with them, but you can't play without them either. So you have to balance in yourself your sense of selfishness and team spirit - both are required.

Example of semi-co-op game: Archipelago

An example of a semi-cooperative party game is Archipelago. The goal of the game is to colonize an archipelago in the South Seas. However, the natives stand in the way - you can't keep them in check alone, teamwork is required here. However, the winner is only the one who reaches his goal first (or has earned the most points for it).

More team player than egoist?

For the team players among you we have created a separate list with the best cooperative games.

List with the best semi-cooperative 🤝 board games 2021

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 28 board games for this list and selected the top 20. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Forgotten Waters

    All details for the board game Forgotten Waters and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Forgotten Waters
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  2. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

    All details for the board game Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  3. Nemesis

    All details for the board game Nemesis and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Nemesis
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 180 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  4. Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

    All details for the board game Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 4.

    More details for Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  5. The Menace Among Us

    All details for the board game The Menace Among Us and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime40 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. Fog of Love

    All details for the board game Fog of Love and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards.

    More details for Fog of Love
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age17+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Fog of Love

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Fog of Love" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  7. Bag of Dungeon: A Fantasy Adventure Game

    All details for the board game Bag of Dungeon: A Fantasy Adventure Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  8. Cerberus

    All details for the board game Cerberus and similar games
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Cerberus

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cerberus" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cerberus" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  9. Cutthroat Caverns

    All details for the board game Cutthroat Caverns and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Cutthroat Caverns
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Cutthroat Caverns

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cutthroat Caverns" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cutthroat Caverns" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  10. Allegra

    All details for the board game Allegra and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 - 40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  11. Yacht Rock

    All details for the board game Yacht Rock and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  12. New Angeles

    All details for the board game New Angeles and similar games
    • Players4 - 6 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de
  13. Castaways

    All details for the board game Castaways and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!39€ atAmazon.de
  14. Homeland: The Game

    All details for the board game Homeland: The Game and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!6€ atAmazon.de
  15. Rockwell

    All details for the board game Rockwell and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de
  16. CO₂: Second Chance

    All details for the board game CO₂: Second Chance and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!70€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for CO₂: Second Chance

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "CO₂: Second Chance" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  17. CO₂

    All details for the board game CO₂ and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for CO₂
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  18. Robin Hood and the Merry Men

    All details for the board game Robin Hood and the Merry Men and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    🔥 Great price!45€ atAmazon.de
  19. Kill Shakespeare

    All details for the board game Kill Shakespeare and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Kill Shakespeare

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kill Shakespeare" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kill Shakespeare" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  20. Deadly Dinner: Die letzte Rose

    All details for the board game Deadly Dinner: Die letzte Rose and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 8% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Deadly Dinner: Die letzte Rose
    • Players5 - 7 Players
    • Playtime180 - 240 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    🔥 Great price!20€ atAmazon.de

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