Top 10 Micro Games
First things first... "What is a micro game?"
Well there are probably many different thoughts on this but for my list we will be going off the following criteria:
- 10-15 min gameplay
- Small Form Factor/Minimal Setup
- Simplistic Ruleset
So for example games like Tsuro and Splendor are not concidered for there larger footprint, while games like Saboteur and Biblios fit this requirement but go for a longer period of time.
Ok with all that out of the way lets start off this list with number 10...
10 - No Thanks
To start off this list we have No Thanks. This game is so simple its players have two actions to choose from, take a card or pay a chip. Sounds simple right? Well it is, but thats what makes it such a good game to bring out while you wait for more guests to arrive. My only gripe... the components, I'm sorry but I found the chips that come with the game so tacky. I guess i've been spoilt by games like Splendor...Oh well.
Check out No Thanks
9 - Zombie Dice
Ahh Zombie Dice, when I got this game it took me back to memories of school, where my friend would bring a game called 'Pass the Pigs'. And sure this is pretty much the same concept. But the different levels of dice really lead to it being a much more interesting game. Plus the dice are just beautiful, you can never go wrong with black dice!
Check out Zombie Dice
7 - Get Bit!
Is that Lego? No shutup! Do you wanna get sued?!? Yeah ok the shark looks almost identical to Lego I know, but this is actually quite a fun game. The order of the swimmers is determined by simultaneously playing cards face-down then revealing the values. The number on each player's card determines position. This game really has a wacky sense of humour to it which I think only helps its cause, Plus it reminds me of an age old truth "I don't have to out run the shark.... I just need to out run you."
Check out Get Bit!
7 - Timeline
Number 7 goes to any game in the Timeline series. Probably one of the simplicest games on the list (Is this older than that?) but a great game to pull out when the numbers are getting high but the group isn't quite up to full engagement. A great game to collect, heck you could even pool them all together if you really want? Who cares!
Check out Timeline
6 - Fuse
One of the more recent games on the list is FUSE. This game of bomb defusal actually has quite alot going for it. The game is a real-time co-operative game, each game is set to a ten-minute timer, and players must work together in that ten minutes to defuse all of the bombs. It would rate higher but I almost concider this a game you could set time aside to challange yourself in, as apposed to filling that 'between game' need.
Check out Fuse
5 - Sushi Go
Do you love 7 Wonders? If you answered no please leave (just kidding I love you guys). But really if you wanted to scratch the itch that that game does in a smaller package, Sushi Go! is perfect. From its cutesy art style to its simple ruleset, this game is perfect for those mements when playing 7 wonders really isn't possible.
Check out Sushi Go
4 - Bang! The Dice Game
I love Bang! It was actually one of the first games I bought when I started getting into the hobby, but sometimes it just doesn't make sense to lug it around and hope that everyone is even in the mood. Bang! the Dice Game gives you the rush that its card game cousin does while simplifying the whole experience.
Check out Bang! The Dice Game
3 - One Night Ultimate Werewolf
Honestly if it made sense... I would put this game on every list. I love it! This is a fantastic game for when you have that need to be a sneaky little liar, while only eating up 10-15 minutes of your time. Great filler game... that is if you can bring yourself to stop playing after one or two games.
Check out One Night Ultimate Werewolf
2 - Coup
What can I say about Coup... well its like The Resistance and Love Letter had a baby. This is a great little game of bluffing and chance. Why didn't it get the top spot? Well although it is a very well made, compact game, it does have a slight bit of complexity to it that can take time to explain to new players. It is for this reason the number one spot goes to...
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1 - Love Letter
Who else could it be? This series of games is what it means to be called a micro game. Love letter is quick to teach, exciting to play, and is always over in a quick period of time. Available in many different flavours, not to mention some are available in a draw string bag to make it even more compact. Yes if you need a micro game that you can stash away in your back pack or hand bag, then look no further!
Check out Love Letter
Yes the whole 'Micro Game' thing could turn out to be a fad that we as a community grow out of, and for some they might be too light to warrant your time, but for me, they fill that very important part of gaming which is engaging new people at the drop of a hat, so for me, microgames will have a spot on my shelf... if not in my backpack.
Brent is the founder of OzBoardGamer, he has a passion for the hobby and especially loves games for 2 to 5 players