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25 Best board games for 1 player. No friends needed!

Sometimes you just want to play a board game or card game alone and not have to invite 2 or more friends just to play. Luckily publishers felt the same and created some awesome  board and card games you can totally play alone! Most of the games on this list are not single player games but can be played with more players as well, so if you have friends over you can still play these as well, awesome right? Check out the 25 best games below!

Best board games for 1 player

Whether it’s short, long, RPG-like board games or card games, for every type of board game player there is a variant available that can easily be played alone. Below we discuss 25 games you can play on your own and explain why they are especially fun for 1 player.

25. A Feast for Odin

In A Feast for Odin you have to hunt using the central board, collect basic materials, refine materials, develop your production buildings, build and buy ships and plunder settlements.

The resulting income is placed on the player board in the best possible pattern to produce income and (later) victory points.

Score: 8.2
Players: 1-4
Playtime: 30-120 minutes
Age: 12+
Difficulty: 3.87 / 5

24. Sentinels of the Multiverse

Sentinels of the Multiverse is a cooperative card game where 10 heroes fight against 4 villains in 4 different and dynamic worlds. Each of the Sentinels of the Multiverse has its unique set of skills to stand together against the dark forces.

Each player, after selecting one of the heroes, plays a deck of 40 cards against the villain or the surrounding pile, which ‘play’ themselves. The player takes the top card of the deck in the turn of the villain or surrounding area.

During each player’s turn, they may play a card from their hand, use a force on one of their cards, and draw a card from their deck. Each round begins with the baddie’s turn, rotates clockwise around the table, then ends with the change in the environment.

Each villain has different advantages, such as starting with certain cards in the game, as specified by the character card. The game continues until the heroes lower the baddie to 0 or less HP (Health Points), or until the baddie defeats the heroes, either through winning conditions or by lowering all heroes to 0 or less HP.

Score: 7.3
Players: 1-5
Playtime: 30-60 minutes
Age: 8+
Difficulty: 2.50 / 5

23. Elder Sign

In Elder Sign you are one of eight researchers who try to prevent the return of ‘The Ancient One’. Player play together and use their skills and equipment to find the location of the Elder Signs. These Elder Signs are ancient symbols that have been used to safely put the Ancient Ones away.

Elsewhere Sign fits perfectly into the Halloween theme by defeating evil spirits who threaten to return to the world of living.

Score: 7.0
Players: 1-8
Playtime: 90 minutes
Age: 13+
Difficulty: 2.35 / 5

22. 7th Continent

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The 7th Continent is a solo or cooperative “make your own adventure” board game. Choose a character and start your adventure on your own or with a team of other explorers. Inspired by the book series Fighting Fantasy you will discover the size of this wild new country through a variety of terrain and event maps. In a country full of dangers and wonders, you must use tactics to survive and develop tools and weapons to increase your chances of survival.

Unlike most board games, it takes many hours before you finally discover how to remove the curse. Or dies and can start again.

The 7th continent has a simple “save system”, so you can stop playing at any time and resume your adventure later, just like in a video game!

Score: 8.7
Players: 1-4 
Playtime: 5-1000 minutes
Age: 14+
Difficulty: 2.86 / 5

21. One Deck Dungeon

One Deck Dungeon is a card game where the game is a dungeon that is different every time. The dungeon is hard to survive and the character is rebuilt every time. However, each card shows both the obstacle to overcome and the potential rewards if you are successful. When you beat a card you claim it as an experience, this can be an object or a skill.

The longer you play, the deeper you get into the dungeon and the harder it gets! When you get far enough you fight against the boss. If you survive the boss, you win the game

One Deck Dungeon is designed for 1 or 2 players. However, if you have more than one game, you can add more players.

Score: 7.4
Players: 1-2
Playtime: 30-45 minutes
Age: 14+
Difficulty: 2.00 / 5

20. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game is the best option for the fans of Marvel, Hulk, Spider man, Wolverine and all the entire mutineer. The nice thing about Legendary is that you can play with the heroes as well as the bad guys. Every villain has his own action plan. So your action should be different when you play against a new villain.

Score: 7.6
Players: 1-4
Playtime: 45 minutes
Age: 14+
Difficulty: 2.47 / 5

19. Nemo’s War

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Nemo’s War is based on the book 20,000 miles under sea by author Jules Verne. In the year 1870 you set sail in the special submarine Nautilus. In Nemo’s War, as captain Nemo, you play and sail across the seabed in search of scientific progress and war!

Score:  8.2
Players: 1-4
Playtime: 60-120 minutes
Age: 13+
Difficulty: 2.80 / 5

18. Pandemic

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Pandemic is one of the most famous and most played cooperative games developed by Z-man Games. If you’ve never played it before, I really recommend that you try it as soon as possible. It is fast, challenging and can be played by four people or less.

In Pandemic you play as one of the people who can save the world from infection. You play as a scientist, a physician, a researcher, a dispatcher or an engineer. Try to find and cure the reason for the outbreak, or help other players to build laboratories and arrange charter flights. Each character has its own possibilities.

The game has some interesting enhancements. But even the standard version of Pandemic will never be boring.

Score: 7.7
Players: 1-4
Playtime: 45 minutes
Age: 8+
Difficulty: 2.43 / 5

17. Shadowrun: Crossfire

Shadowrun: Crossfire is a cooperative deckbuilding game but can also be played well alone. Crossfire takes place in the cyberpunk fantasy world of Shadowrun. Play a Shadowrunner complete difficult tasks such as protecting a customer who is dead.

In each game you improve your deck with a mix of strategies, while you earn Karma to give your character cyber upgrades, physical augmentations, magical initiations, weapons training and Edge.

Score: 7.3
Players: 1-4
Playtime: 30-60 minutes
Age: 13+
Difficulty: 2.82 / 5

16. Too Many Bones

Too Many Bones creates a new genre: a dice builder RPG. This game changes everything you think you know about dice and luck. This fantasy-based RPG lets you take on the role of a new breed and takes you on an adventure to the northern areas to defeat enemy troops and of course the infamous “baddie”. Collaborate or do it alone in a Co-op or Solo campaign with 1 to 4 players.

Score:  8.6
Players: 1-4
Playtime: 60-120 minutes
Age: 12+
Difficulty: 3.79 / 5

15. At the Gates of Loyang

At The Gates of Loyang is a trading game in which you can produce goods by planting them and selling them to customers later. You can use the capabilities of some helpers to increase your income or production. Fields, customers, helpers and various objects are displayed with maps. Each player receives two of these cards per round.

Score: 7.4
Players: 1-4
Playtime: 60-120 minutes
Age: 10+
Difficulty: 3.15 / 5

14. Space Hulk: Death Angel

Space Hulk: Death Angel a cooperative game where players try to remove hostile aliens from a dilapidated spaceship. Located in the universe of Warhammer 40,000 players play the role of Space Marines against hordes of Genestealers.

Players choose from six different battle teams each consisting of two Space Marines with different skills. Each player receives three action cards for each combat team. After all Space Marines have been put in formation, prepare for the first wave of Genestealers.

The game is quick and easy to learn. Each game is played in a series of rounds, divided into phases. During the Choose Actions phase, each player must secretly decide which of the action cards he or she wants to play on his or her Space Marines: Support, Attack or Move + Activate. You cannot choose the same action card in the next round, so choose wisely.

Score: 7.0
Players: 1-6
Playtime: 30 minutes
Age: 13+
Difficulty: 2.41 / 5

13. Race for the Galaxy

In the card game Race for the Galaxy, players build galactic civilizations by playing cards that represent worlds or technical and social developments. In some worlds, players can produce goods that can be consumed later to win cards or victory points.

At the beginning of each round, players secretly select one of the seven reels at the same time. By selecting a role, players activate a phase for the round, giving each player the opportunity to perform the action of that phase.

For example, if a player chooses the settle role, each player has the opportunity to play one of the planets from their hand. However, the player who has chosen the role receives a bonus that only applies to him or her. But bonuses can also be obtained through developments, so you need to know when another player also uses your role choice.

Score:  7.8
Players:  1-4
Playtime: 30-60 minutes
Age: 12+
Difficulty: 2.97 / 5

12. Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game

Legendary Encounters; An Alien Deck Building Game is based on the four Alien movies and is a fully cooperative game with original art. Although based on the Marvel superhero version of Legendary, the two games will be compatible but not fully integrated.

Legendary Encounters is a game for building a deck in the same family as Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game but now players must work together to survive against hordes of aliens. With leading players like Ripley, Dallas, Bishop and Corporal Hicks taking turns taking cards from the central stack to improve their deck and beat Xenomorph cards that are added to the central game board.

Score:  7.8
Players: 1-5
Playtime: 45 minutes
Age: 17+
Difficulty: 2.72 / 5

11. Eldritch Horror

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Eldritch Horror is a cooperative board game and here you are a member of a group of brave people who try to stop the old evil. The game takes place in the setting of Lovecraft. Don’t let evil destroy our planet! Most people compare it to Arkham Horror (see the description earlier on this list).

Some people prefer Arkham Horror and some people prefer Eldritch Horror. In my opinion, both games are highly recommended. Eldritch Horror is a bit easier to understand so I would rather recommend it to less experienced players, I like it, so buy Arkham Horror. If you haven’t played any of these games, I also recommend you start with Eldritch Horror

Score: 7.9
Players: 1-8 
Playtime: 120-240 minutes
Age: 14+
Difficulty: 3.31 / 5

 10. Onirim

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You’re a Dreamwalker, lost in a mysterious labyrinth and you have to find the Oneiric doors before your time runs out – otherwise you’ll be trapped forever!

Onirim is a solo / cooperative card game. You (and a partner, if you wish) must (together) work against the game to collect the eight door cards before the stack of cards runs out; you can obtain those door cards by playing cards of the same color three turns in a row, or by (under specific circumstances) throwing away one of your powerful key cards. In both cases you will have to decide on the best use of each card in your hand and play carefully to avoid the nightmares. Those cards are hidden in the game and will cause painful dilemmas when drawn.

Score:  7.3
Players:  1-2 
Playtime: 15 minutes
Age: 14+
Difficulty: 1.60 / 5

9. Friday

Friday is the second game in the Friedemann Friese Freitag-Project It’s about Robinson Crusoe and Friday. You play Friday and have to help Robinson Crusoe survive the island and prepare him to defeat the pirates.

Friday is a deck-building game in which you optimize your cards to defeat the dangers of the island and two pirate ships. During a turn, the player will try to defeat dangers by playing fighting cards. Eventually, the player will use his optimized fighting game to defeat two pirate ships, allowing Robinson Crusoë to escape from the island!

Score:  7.2
Players: 1
Playtime: 25 minutes
Age:  13+
Difficulty: 2.13 / 5

8. Viticulture

In Viticulture the players are in the role of people in rustic and historical Tuscany. You have inherited a meager vineyard. At the vineyard you have a few plots of land, a small cellar and three workers. They all have the dream of making their winery a real success.

The players are in a position to decide how they want to allocate their employees throughout the year. Each season is different on a vineyard, so the workers have different tasks that they can perform in summer and winter. There is competition about those tasks and often the first employee to get started has an advantage over subsequent employees.

Luckily for the players, people love to visit wineries, and an added bonus is that many of those visitors are willing to help in the vineyard when they are visiting, as long as you assign one employee to take care of them and show them the way. The visits (in the form of maps) are short but can be very useful.

With the help of these employees and visitors, players can expand their vineyards by building, planting vines (vine cards) and fulfilling wine orders (wine cards). It is to get the most successful winery in Tuscany.

Score: 7.9
Players: 1-6
Playtime: 45-90 minutes
Age: 13+
Difficulty: 2.94 / 5

7. Gloomhaven

Gloomhaven is a game full of tactical battles in a world with constantly changing motives. Players take on the role of a itinerant adventurer with his own special skills and reasons to travel to this dark corner of the world.

Players must work together to clear dangerous dungeons and forgotten ruins out of necessity. In this process, they will improve their skills with experience and loot, discover new locations to explore and plunder, and expand an ever-branching story sparked by the decisions they make.

Score: 8.6
Players: 1-4
Playtime: 30-120 minutes
Age: 12+
Difficulty: 3.78 / 5

6. Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is a cooperative adventure game in which players try to complete a scenario, each with three heroes of their choice and a stack of allies, events and attachments to support them. Each round, players send their heroes and allies on quest or to fight with enemies who attack them.

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game is the basic game of a Living Card Game for which new adventure packages are released every month. The basic game contains three scenarios, twelve famous characters from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien (including Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Denethor and Eowyn) and four pre-constituted player decks.

Players can use one of these decks or build their own deck to increase their chances of success in the more challenging scenarios. The monthly adventure packages include a new scenario, a new hero and new player cards that can be used in their card game. The basic game is for 1-2 players, but with an extra basic game the scenarios can be played with up to four players.

Although this game takes place in the Middle Earth of Tolkien, the scenarios do not represent scenes from the books, but take place in the seventeen years after Bilbo’s 111th birthday until Frodo’s departure from the Shire.

Score: 7.6
Players:  1-2
Playtime: 60 minutes
Age: 12+
Difficulty: 3.14 / 5

5. Arkham Horror: The Card Game

In Arkham Horror: The Card Game will be you and your friend (or up to three friends with two games) characters in the New England city of Arkham. You have your talents, certainly, but you also have your shortcomings. Maybe you’ve studied a bit too much in the writings of Necronomicon, and the words continue to haunt you.

Perhaps you feel compelled to cover up all the signs of extraterrestrial evil, hampering your own research to protect the trust of the larger population. Maybe you will be drawn by your encounters with a creepy cult.

Score: 7.9
Players: 1-2
Playtime: 60-120 minutes
Age: 14+
Difficulty: 3.17 / 5

4. Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

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Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island is a game of Portal. You build a hiding place, palisade, weapons, tools like axes, knives, bags and you have to do everything to survive. You will have to find food, defeat wild animals and protect yourself against the weather changes.

Take on the role of one of the crew’s four characters (cook, carpenter, explorer or soldier) and take on the adventure. Use your determination to help your teammates, discuss your plan with them and put it into practice.

Score:  7.9
Players:  1-4
Playtime: 60-120 minutes
Age: 14+
Difficulty: 3.72 / 5

3. Terraforming Mars

In the twenty-fifth century, mankind began to mine the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate major projects to increase temperature, oxygen levels and ocean cover until the environment is habitable.

In Terraforming Mars you play one of those companies and work together in the process of colonization.

Score: 8.2
Players: 1-5
Playtime: 120 minutes
Age: 12+
Difficulty: 3.26 / 5

2. Scythe

It is a time of unrest in Europe of the 1920s. The aftermath of the First World War makes the snow even darker. The capitalist city-state, simply known as ‘The Factory’, which fed the war with heavily armoured mechs, has closed its doors and attracts the attention of several nearby countries.

Scythe is a game in an alternative history in the period of the 1920s. It is a time of agriculture and war, broken hearts and rusty gears, innovation and courage. In Scythe, each player represents a character from one of the five factions of Eastern Europe who try to earn their fortune and claim the share of their faction in the country around the mysterious factory. Players conquer areas, recruit new troops, harvest goods, obtain new villagers, build and activate monstrous mechs.

Score: 8.1
Players: 1-5
Playtime: 90-115 minutes
Age: 14+
Difficulty: 3.36 / 5

1. Mage Knight Board Game

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Mage Knight Board Game is a versatile board game. You can play Mage Knight competitively, cooperatively and even solo as a hero who dares to enter the old and mysterious Atlantic Empire. You can be a hero or an antihero, rely on magic spells or physical abilities, only discover new areas and artifacts or recruit a powerful army: everything depends on you. If you like fantasy and mysteries, Mage Knight is for you.

Score: 7.9
Players: 1-4
Playtime: 150 minutes
Age: 14+
Difficulty: 4.23 / 5