The best Steampunk games 🚂 2024

Looking for a smart game from the steampunk 🚂 genre? We have compared many steampunk games and listed the best 30.

What is steampunk anyway?

Steampunk is a retrofuturistic subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that involves technology and aesthetic constructions inspired by industrial steam-powered machines of the 19th century. Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the Victorian era or the American "Wild West" where the steam engine remains in mainstream use - or in a fantasy world that also employs steam power.

Term "steampunk" defined in 1987, coined much earlier

The term "steampunk" itself was named by K.W. Jeter in 1987, but the theme was coined primarily in the 1950s and 1960s, and even earlier. A popular example is the 1869 Jules Verne work "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" which was made into a movie by Disney in 1954.

Wonderful steampunk board games

The very aesthetic steampunk scenario has inspired game developers as well as many other artists. In the process, hundreds of great steampunk board games have been created. We have listed the best ones for you.

Cyberpunk is something different

If you are looking for games from the related genre "Cyberpunk", we have created a separate list for you: The Best Cyberpunk Games.

List of the best steampunk games 2024 🚂

This list was last updated on July 8, 2024. We compared 156 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Celestia

    All details for the board game Celestia and similar games

    Celestia is a reimagined version of Cloud 9, where players join an adventurous journey through the mythical cities of Celestia to gather treasures. It's a game of risk, strategy, and decision-making, set in a whimsical and perilous airspace.

    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
  2. Botanik

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Botanik
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition)

    All details for the board game Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition) and similar games

    Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition) is a strategic board game set in a Victorian-era Earth, where players head mining corporations competing to exploit Mars' newfound resources.

    More details for Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition)
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. Forbidden Desert

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    Forbidden Desert is a cooperative adventure game where players work together to recover a legendary flying machine from the ruins of an ancient desert city, while surviving extreme environmental challenges.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 4.

    More details for Forbidden Desert
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Forbidden Desert

    • YouTube Review for the game "Forbidden Desert" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000

    All details for the board game Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000 and similar games

    Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000, also known as Smash Up II, is an exciting expansion to the Smash Up base game, introducing four new factions and eight new bases. This expansion not only adds variety but also brings unique combinations and fresh strategic layers to the already dynamic gameplay of Smash Up.

    More details for Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000
    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Dogs of War

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    Dogs of War is a beautifully crafted board game that transports players into a steampunk-renaissance universe, where noble houses clash in a struggle for dominance. Players assume the roles of the eponymous Dogs of War, mercenary captains who wield their private armies to sway the outcomes of battles between these houses for profit and influence.

    More details for Dogs of War
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  7. Time Bomb Evolution

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    • 4 - 6 Players
    • 25 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Time Bomb Evolution

    • YouTube Review for the game "Time Bomb Evolution" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  8. Steam Park

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    Steam Park is an imaginative and engaging board game where players become owners of a steam-themed amusement park. The goal is to build impressive coal-powered rides, attract a multitude of visitors, and effectively manage the park’s resources. The game stands out with its three-dimensional ride constructions and a blend of strategic planning and quick decision-making.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Steam Park
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Steam Park

    • YouTube Review for the game "Steam Park" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  9. Wolsung Steampunk Skirmish Game

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. Steampunk Rally

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    Steampunk Rally is an inventive strategy game that skillfully blends the steampunk aesthetic with dynamic gameplay. Players embody famous historical inventors like Nikola Tesla and Marie Curie, building extraordinary machines powered by steam, heat, and electricity. The goal is to outmaneuver opponents in a thrilling race through the Swiss Alps using these fantastical contraptions.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Steampunk Rally
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  11. Mission: Red Planet

    All details for the board game Mission: Red Planet and similar games

    Mission: Red Planet is a strategic board game set in the year 1888, where Steampunk technology has enabled mankind to reach Mars. Designed by Bruno Faidutti and Bruno Cathala, this game immerses players in a competitive race to colonize Mars and exploit its valuable resources: the explosive element Celerium, the dense material Sylvanite, and water from Martian glaciers, which could potentially terraform the planet.

    More details for Mission: Red Planet
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Koryŏ

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Koryŏ
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Dastardly Dirigibles

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Steampunk Rally Fusion

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Gearworks

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Munchkin Steampunk

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. The World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  18. Spyrium

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    Spyrium is a unique board game set in a steampunk-influenced alternate version of England, where players engage in the industrial production of a fictional material called "Spyrium." The game cleverly blends elements of resource management, economic strategy, and worker placement, requiring players to make critical decisions about building factories, managing workers, and optimizing production for victory points (VPs).

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Spyrium
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. Red November

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    Red November is a cooperative survival board game that thrusts players into the chaotic environment of a malfunctioning gnomish submarine. As members of the crew, players work together to prevent an array of disasters while a rescue team is on its way.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Red November
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. Leagues of Adventure: Rocket Race

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. The Phantom Society

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  22. In Her Majesty's Name: Steampunk Skirmish Wargaming Rules

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    • 60 - 180 Minutes
    • Medium difficulty
  23. Ruse

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Ruse

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ruse" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  24. Noxford

    All details for the board game Noxford and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Noxford

    • YouTube Review for the game "Noxford" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  25. Brass Empire

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. oddball Äeronauts

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    • 2 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. The World of Smog: On Her Majesty's Service

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. Onward to Venus

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  29. Imaginarium

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  30. Steam Time

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Steam Time
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Steam Time

    • YouTube Review for the game "Steam Time" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English

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