Games that are better solo

Brent | May 15, 2017

Some people really don't see the appeal in playing board games solo. The main argument I hear is that if you are going to play a game without interaction from other players wouldn't you just play a video game? Everything is already done for you and the story's are rich and compelling.

I understand this stand point to some degree, however for me, its the challange of beating the game that gives me the same thrill I get from any video game, not to mention the tactile feel of the pieces.

Here are a few muliplayer games that are just as fun (if not more so) solo.


The 'In the Lab' expansion added an official way to play solo, however since getting the game I have enjoyed stretching my brain and taking on the role of all 4 of the player characters in Pandemic, I find it tactically fulfilling while not overwhelming at the same time. As this game is susceptible to Alpha Gaming, it actually makes sense that this can easily be played solo.


Mage Knight Board Game:

While from the outside, Mage Knight might look like your typical RPG action board game experience, however the game itself is so rule heavy that each game is approached more like a puzzel than anything else. You will spend plenty of time reading the rules, add a few other players and then thats even more time for teaching them, this game is probably at its best solo.

Terraforming Mars:

This game is great with a full playcount, lets get that out of the way first. However the game comes with a solo varient that imposes a 14 generation limit, this adds a sense of urgency and presents a challange for the player to overcome on their own. As this game has limited player interaction, most multiplayer games are treated as simultaneous solo plays anyway.

Zombicide Black Plague:

Now a lot may not agree with this pick, but growing up playing Hero Quest and only having myself to play, games like Zombicide come natuarally to me as solo endeavours. Like in Pandemic, the player takes on the roles of all characters in the scenario and take their actions as if they were individuals sitting at the table, taking actions in rotating turn order. I find it more enjoyable as the game is hard enough, without the added complication of strategy disputes.

What games do you prefer to play solo? Did we miss one? Let us know in the comment section below!


Brent is the founder of OzBoardGamer, he has a passion for the hobby and especially loves games for 2 to 5 players

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