Top 10 Solo Board Games

top 10 solo board games

It’s always great when friends get together to play board games. However, it may be difficult to get together because of bad weather and tight schedules. In these moments, solo games are very helpful. However, gamers mostly play solitaire games for another reason than momentary loneliness. Board games for one person normally have plots and mechanics that are more complex and intricate. The reason is obvious. A multiplayer game is designed to be fast-paced and bring fun to a company is a short time. One cannot fill it with interesting brainteasers just because in these games time is money indeed. Solitaire tabletop games are or those who likes sophisticated plots and puzzles involving non-trivial solutions. We prepared top 10 solo board games as a list of different games where everyone can find the one he or she will like. Often they have a multiplayer option. Well, I’m agree, no game can substitute a good company. But games for single person themselves may be more interesting than conventional board games. At least, some of them. Let us separate the wheat from the chaff together by means of the top 10 best solitaire board games.

10. Sentinels of the Multiverse

sentinels of the multiverse

1-5 Players • Ages 10+30-60 minutes to play

Sentinels of the Multiverse keep their sleepless watch on the tenth position to protect worlds from villains. A brave team of comic book heroes with their styles and backstories saves the multiverse from enemies. The rules are very simple: play a card, use available power, and draw another card. The most interesting thing is the combination of different cards that can completely change your game style and even the entire rules of the game.

9. Legendary


1-5 Players • Ages 14+45 minutes to play

Legendary is a deck building game that depicts a huge world of Marvel heroes and villains. You can play against one of four random villains. Your soldiers and agents recruiting superheroes will help you to stop the next plan of insidious NPC villain. This game is the best choice for the fans of Marvel movies.

8. Arkham Horror

Arkham Horror

1-8 Players • Ages 12+120-240 minutes to play

Arkham Horror deployed in a small American town called Arkham and took over hearts of board game lovers from the entire world. It is a good chance to challenge a terrifying NPC monster and smash it either together with your friends or alone. Choose between a few heroes, simple people of Arkham and stop the coming disaster. Don’t forget that your hero can not only die but also go mad in the battle against the rising army of monsters. The rules are rather complicated as opposed to other board game bestsellers. However, these rules worth learning.

7. Pandemic


1-4 Players • Ages 8+30-90 minutes to play

Pandemic is a game about the biological catastrophe overwhelming the entire Earth. In this game, you can become a scientist who develops a cure against the pandemic, an operation expert who builds operation stations, or someone else. Whoever you are, time works against you. If you waste it, the world will lose its last chance and millions of people will die.

6. Onirim


1-2 Players • Ages 8+15 minutes to play

Onirim is a game where the player should collect 8 special gate cards to escape from the labyrinth. There are also nightmare cards. They may force you to drop gates and keys or harm you some other way. The authors have involved modern art in creating interesting design resembling Dixit or a parallel universe.

5. The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game

lord of the rings - card game

1-4 Players • Ages 12+60 minutes to play

The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game allows you to rewrite the famous Tolkien’s saga in many ways. The cards represent characters, treasures, and enemies from Tolkien’s pages, but the story itself depends on you. Baggins is a special character that helps other players and wins score in his own way. If he dies, all players lose.

4. Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords

pathfinder adventure card game rise runelords

1-6 Players • Ages 13+90 minutes to play

Let’s look into the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords. This is a stand-alone role-playing card game for 1-4 players which includes the Base Set and expansions. 110-Card character Add-on Deck allows 5-6 players and involves four new characters. New monsters, munitions, and weapons add up the same free flight of the fancy characteristic of the Pathfinder series.

3. Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island

1-4 Players • Ages 14+90-180 minutes to play

Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island is an island survival board game. Single player or a few players have to seek shelter and food, defend against predators, and create tools and weapons using everything they find. In the multiplayer mode, one of the players will be a leader and others will obey his orders to survive together.

2. Friday


1 Player • Ages 10+10 minutes to play

Friday goes shoulder to shoulder with Robinson Crusoe in our top 10 solo games as always. Regardless of its name, Friday board game is mostly about Robinson Crusoe himself and not about his suntanned friend. The event deck is the center of the game. It determines troubles that Robinson should overcome to await the pirate ship and escape the island. Unlike Robinson Crusoe, Friday is less serious and realistic. It is a solitaire board game only.

1. Mage Knight

Mage Knight

1-4 Players • Ages 14+150 minutes to play

Mage Knight is the best solo board game ever. Well-known and colorful fantasy bestseller continues to walk off with customer preferences. It is a deck building game with properties of a role playing game. The game involves gains and uses magic spells, fights against monsters, recruits warriors in cities and villages and does everything you can imagine in a fantasy game. Hexagons connected in stars represent the terrain while cards set the properties of each tile. The gameplay has too many sides to describe it within this top of the best single player board games.

What do you think about the games above? Maybe, you would add anything to this list? If so, feel free have your say.

Reader’s opinion

Several months ago we published our list of top 10 of solo board games and we’ve got a lot of comments from our readers about board games they would like to see in our tops. Now it’s time to bring them to you. Enjoy!

Imperial Settlers

Imperial Settlers

1-4 Players • Ages 10+45-90 minutes to play

Four legendary civilizations are trying to expand their countries and influence. Romans, Egyptians, Japanese and Barbarians build mines and fields to become powerful and wealthy. Players can take various actions during five rounds of the gameplay to win the victory points.

Flash Point: Fire & Rescue

Flash Point: Fire Rescue

1-6 Players • Ages 10+45 minutes to play

In this game you will take the role of firefighter. They are one of the most fearless people because they have to save people from all the catastrophes you can imagine. Are you capable to do this? So take a stand!

Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories

1-4 Players • Ages 12+60 minutes to play

In Ghost Stories you will need to protect the village from evil lord called Wu-Feng. Moreover, he leads his army of ghost and other creepy monsters! You will have to work with your friends together to take down the bad guys.

Elder Sign

Elder Sign

1-8 Players • Ages 13+90 minutes to play

The darkness is coming to our world through the gates which we opened in the museum… Ancient One is going to conquer the world and enslave the people and you the only investigator who is able to stop him! Use your tools and occult knowledge to save humanity.

Race for the Galaxy

Race for the Galaxy

1-4 Players • Ages 12+30-60 minutes to play

What about building your own galactic civilizations? Race for the Galaxy which has many awards from the board game society gives the opportunity to make it possible. You can develop new technologies or produce goods to win the victory points or bonuses. There are a lot of options which can bring your people to prosperity. Use them all!

Lonely Friday nights can be funny too. Our top 10 of solo board games can suggest you a game of different genres for any situation either you like strategies or horrors. Feel free to comment our top 10 and subscribe and have a good weekend!

19 comments on “Top 10 Solo Board Games

  1. This is a great list, but I’d also add Flash Point: Fire & Rescue to the list!

    1. We also think it’s a great game, therefore, that she came to our list

  2. I’m confused about the description for LotR: “Baggins is a special character that helps other players and wins score in his own way. If he dies, all players lose.”

    Have I been playing a different card game, or is that a special rule for playing it solo? I play it all the time, but with two people. I have never encountered Baggins at all. Is it part of a particular set? If so, it really doesn’t make sense to include in such a sort description of the game.

  3. You forgot the new king of the hill, app driven Mansions of Madness 2nd ed really makes the best 1 player experience ever created with very little effort.

    1. Thank you for comment! We value your opinion and add this game in our list a little bit later

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  7. Dungeonquest revised edition is a must have dungeon crawl, awesome solo… Also Runebound 3rd edition and all the expansions are amazing and the box says 2-5 players, it solos wonderfully… Both of those should be must haves in your fantasy collection…

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