The best simulation board, card & dice games 2024

Looking for a really good board game with simulation elements? Then we have just the thing for you: the list with the best simulation board games 2024.

What are simulation board games?

Simulation games are games that try to model actual events or situations.

By the way, in English, "simulation" means "simulation."

Examples of games with simulation elements:

A good example of a simulation game is Set and Match - this attempts to recreate a tennis match on your living room table. Another simulation game is Memoir '44 - this simulates scenes from World War II.

Due to its scenario "restaurant-kitchen" stands out from the crowd of simulation games Kitch Rush.

List with the best simulation games 2024

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 6232 board games for this list and selected the top 35. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Heat: Pedal to the Metal

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    Heat: Pedal to the Metal is a dynamic and strategic racing board game that simulates the thrill and intricacies of car racing. It offers players a chance to experience the excitement of racing while managing crucial elements like speed, car upgrades, and varying track conditions.

    Nominated for 15 awards and won 6.

    More details for Heat: Pedal to the Metal
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Flamme Rouge

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    Flamme Rouge presents an exhilarating bicycle racing experience where strategy, timing, and tactical decisions are paramount to success. This fast-paced game captures the intensity of a real bike race, offering players a blend of excitement and strategic gameplay.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for Flamme Rouge
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Flamme Rouge

    • YouTube Review for the game "Flamme Rouge" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Flamme Rouge" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Flamme Rouge" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. Set & Match

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Undaunted: Normandy

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    Undaunted: Normandy is a deck-building war game that immerses players in the pivotal battles of Normandy following the D-Day landings during World War II. It offers a unique blend of strategy, historical warfare, and deck management.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 1.

    More details for Undaunted: Normandy
    • 2 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Undaunted: Normandy

    • YouTube Review for the game "Undaunted: Normandy" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  5. Captain Sonar

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    Embark on an adrenaline-pumping undersea adventure with Captain Sonar, a board game that plunges you into the heart of intense submarine warfare. In this gripping scenario, every move and decision can be the difference between victory and defeat. Form a skilled crew aboard a cutting-edge submarine as you strive to locate and eliminate an enemy sub before they do the same to you. The underwater battlefield is unforgiving, and effective communication and coordination are paramount for success.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Captain Sonar
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Captain Sonar

    • YouTube Review for the game "Captain Sonar" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Captain Sonar" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Memoir '44

    All details for the board game Memoir '44 and similar games

    Memoir '44 is a historical board game that recreates some of the most iconic battles of World War II, allowing players to engage in strategic warfare with a focus on simplicity and historical accuracy.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Memoir '44
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Undaunted: North Africa

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    Undaunted: North Africa is an engaging two-player deck-building game that immerses players in the tactical ground combat of World War II's North African Theater. Building on the success of its predecessor, Undaunted: Normandy, this sequel introduces new mechanics and challenges, focusing on the historical skirmishes between Britain's Long Range Desert Group and Italian forces.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Undaunted: North Africa
    • 2 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Undaunted: Stalingrad

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for Undaunted: Stalingrad
    • 2 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game

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    Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game immerses players in the iconic universe of Star Wars, offering a tactical ship-to-ship combat experience. In this game, players assume control of detailed miniatures representing the powerful Rebel X-wings and the agile Imperial TIE fighters, engaging in thrilling dogfights that are a hallmark of the Star Wars saga. The game is not just about controlling ships but also involves strategic planning and execution of maneuvers, making it an engaging experience for fans of tactical combat and the Star Wars universe.

    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

    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
  10. Commands & Colors: Ancients

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    Commands & Colors: Ancients is a historical wargame that spans a vast period from the Dawn of Military History to the onset of the Dark Ages. This game, part of the acclaimed Commands & Colors system, offers players a unique opportunity to reenact famous battles with a focus on historical accuracy and strategic depth, all while maintaining streamlined gameplay.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Commands & Colors: Ancients
    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  11. Wings of Glory: WW1 Rules and Accessories Pack

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    • 2 - 99 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Formula D

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    Formula D offers the thrill of high-stakes Formula One-style racing, immersing players in a world of simulated cars as they vie to cross the finish line first. A re-release of Formula Dé, this updated version introduces several changes while maintaining compatibility with old tracks. Notably, the game features boards showcasing both an F1 track and a Street Track on the reverse side, each with unique thematic elements.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Formula D
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Flash Point: Fire Rescue

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    Flash Point: Fire Rescue immerses players in the high-stakes role of firefighters, tasked with rescuing victims from a blazing building. This cooperative board game challenges players to strategize, take risks, and work as a unified team to avert disaster.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Flash Point: Fire Rescue
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Flash Point: Fire Rescue

    • YouTube Review for the game "Flash Point: Fire Rescue" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  14. Commands & Colors: Napoleonics

    All details for the board game Commands & Colors: Napoleonics and similar games

    Commands & Colors: Napoleonics transports players to the tumultuous battlefield of the Napoleonic era, offering a unique blend of historical accuracy and strategic gameplay. This game pits the French army, led by Napoleon Bonaparte, against the forces of the British Empire, capturing the intense rivalry and the grandeur of Napoleonic warfare.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
    • 2 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Rod Hockey

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • Immediately playable
  16. Twilight Struggle

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    Twilight Struggle offers an immersive journey through a pivotal period in history, where the world stood on the brink of nuclear annihilation. This two-player game takes place during the forty-five year rivalry between the Soviet Union and the United States. Instead of traditional warfare, players engage in a dance of intrigue, prestige, and the occasional outbreak of hostilities. As the superpowers strive to make the world safe for their ideologies, you'll navigate a complex web of politics, espionage, and strategy. The game begins in the aftermath of World War II, with both superpowers scrambling for control, and concludes in 1989, leaving only one superpower standing.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 5.

    More details for Twilight Struggle
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  17. Formula Dé

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    Formula Dé is a captivating racing board game that simulates the high-speed thrills of Formula One racing. Known for its unique blend of strategy and luck, Formula Dé challenges players to navigate a series of race tracks, each with its distinct layout and challenges.

    More details for Formula Dé
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Wings of War: Famous Aces

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    Wings of War: Famous Aces is an engaging blend of card and board game mechanics that brings to life aerial combat from World War I. In this game, players take control of iconic WWI airplanes, each represented by a card that doubles as a playing piece. The game stands out for its historical accuracy and the variety of planes, each with unique maneuvering and combat capabilities reflected through different decks of movement and combat cards.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Wings of War: Famous Aces
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. In Magnificent Style: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg

    All details for the board game In Magnificent Style: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg and similar games
    • 1 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. Plague Inc.: The Board Game

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    Plague Inc: The Board Game offers a compelling blend of strategy, evolution, and competition, inviting 1-5 players to take on the roles of virulent diseases aiming to infect and wipe out humanity. Inspired by the highly successful digital game, this board game adaptation challenges players to spread their disease across the globe, evolve with deadly symptoms, and strategically outmaneuver their opponents to be the ultimate plague.

    More details for Plague Inc.: The Board Game
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Plague Inc.: The Board Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Plague Inc.: The Board Game" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Plague Inc.: The Board Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  21. Wings of War: Watch Your Back!

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Mini Curling Game

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Mini Curling Game
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. Kitchen Rush

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    Kitchen Rush immerses players in the bustling atmosphere of a newly inherited restaurant aiming for success. This innovative, real-time, cooperative board game captures the essence of kitchen management through a unique worker placement mechanism that uses hourglasses as workers.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Kitchen Rush
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Kitchen Rush

    • YouTube Review for the game "Kitchen Rush" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  24. Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War

    All details for the board game Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Nightfighter Ace: Air Defense Over Germany, 1943-44

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    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • Easy to learn
  26. Subbuteo

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    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. Elevenses for One

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    • 1 Players
    • 11 Minutes
    • 11+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  28. Strat-O-Matic Baseball

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    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 11+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Wings of Glory: WW2 Battle of Britain Starter Set

    All details for the board game Wings of Glory: WW2 Battle of Britain Starter Set and similar games
    • 1 - 99 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Wings of War: Deluxe Set

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • Easy to learn
  31. Evolution: Climate

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    Evolution: Climate is a compelling standalone game that expands on the well-regarded Evolution game system by integrating the aspect of climate into its dynamic ecosystem. This addition brings new layers of strategy and thematic depth, making for a unique gaming experience.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Evolution: Climate
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Evolution: Climate

    • YouTube Review for the game "Evolution: Climate" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  32. Rallyman: GT

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    Rallyman: GT revs up the excitement with a roll-and-move mechanism that blends strategy, luck, and adrenaline-pumping racing action. Players are challenged to navigate a course filled with dangerous turns and obstacles, deciding when to push the limit or play it safe to avoid costly spinouts. This reimagined version of the 2009 classic not only revitalizes the game with new components and artwork but also maintains its engaging core mechanics, appealing to both newcomers and fans of the original Rallyman.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Rallyman: GT
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  33. Verdun 1916: Steel Inferno

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for Verdun 1916: Steel Inferno
    • 2 Players
    • 60 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  34. Rallyman

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Rallyman
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  35. Sonar Family

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Sonar Family
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Sonar Family

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sonar Family" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English

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