The best strategy board, dice & card games 2021

We have selected and compared over 2000 strategic board games for you. The result is this list with the 30 best strategy card, dice & board games 2021.

What are strategy board games?

A strategy game is a game in which the players' decision-making skills have a high impact on the outcome of the game. Strategy games often require a good analysis of the decision tree or, in games with random elements, of probability distributions. Strategy games include abstract games with artificial rules and little or no theme, and simulations (including War games) with rules designed to simulate and reproduce a real or fictional scenario.

List with the best strategy games

This list was last updated on October 20, 2021. We compared 2509 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Terraforming Mars: Prelude

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars: Prelude and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars: Prelude

    • YouTube Review for the game "Terraforming Mars: Prelude" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Terraforming Mars: Prelude" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Terraforming Mars: Prelude" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  2. 7 Wonders Duel

    All details for the board game 7 Wonders Duel and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 9.

    More details for 7 Wonders Duel
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for 7 Wonders Duel

    • YouTube Review for the game "7 Wonders Duel" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  3. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

    All details for the board game Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 12.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Pandemic Legacy: Season 1
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!45€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 1" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  4. Wingspan: European Expansion

    All details for the board game Wingspan: European Expansion and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Wingspan: European Expansion
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 70 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Century: Golem Edition

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Dominion: Prosperity

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Wingspan

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    Nominated for 23 awards and won 15.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Wingspan
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 70 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!42€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Wingspan

    • YouTube Review for the game "Wingspan" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  8. Star Realms: Colony Wars

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    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Star Realms: Frontiers

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume One

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Unmatched: Cobble & Fog

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon

    • YouTube Review for the game "7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  13. Wingspan: Oceania Expansion

    All details for the board game Wingspan: Oceania Expansion and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Wingspan: Oceania Expansion
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 40 - 70 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de
  14. Star Realms

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    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

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    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Dominion: Seaside

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. The Isle of Cats

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    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for The Isle of Cats
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for The Isle of Cats

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Isle of Cats" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  18. 7 Wonders: Leaders

    All details for the board game 7 Wonders: Leaders and similar games
    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Watergate

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Watergate
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Watergate

    • YouTube Review for the game "Watergate" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  20. Unmatched: Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot

    All details for the board game Unmatched: Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. My City

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    Nominated for 8 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for My City
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for My City

    • YouTube Review for the game "My City" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  22. The Crew: Mission Deep Sea

    All details for the board game The Crew: Mission Deep Sea and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. Century: Spice Road

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    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for Century: Spice Road
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Century: Spice Road

    • YouTube Review for the game "Century: Spice Road" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  24. 7 Wonders

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    Nominated for 33 awards and won 19.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2011

    More details for 7 Wonders
    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders

    All details for the board game Carcassonne: Expansion 2 – Traders & Builders and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!14€ atAmazon.de
  26. Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium

    • YouTube Review for the game "Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  27. Pandemic: On the Brink

    All details for the board game Pandemic: On the Brink and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Pandemic: On the Brink
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  28. It's a Wonderful World

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    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    More details for It's a Wonderful World
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Battle Line

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Terraforming Mars

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    Nominated for 26 awards and won 13.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Terraforming Mars
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars

    • YouTube Review for the game "Terraforming Mars" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English

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