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Don’t think playing board games as a single player is sad! You’re not playing alone because you don’t have friends. Every once in a while, it’s good to go into loner mode and give yourself some dedicated “me” time.

If you enjoy reading a book, watching a movie, or eating alone in a restaurant, why not play board games alone? Give your social battery a break and entertain yourself with some of the best solo board games available!

Best Solo Board Games

“Can you explain the rules again?”, “Oh, I need a toilet break.”, “Hold on, don’t start without me.” - These are some things you might hear during game night with your friends. While you want to enjoy the company of others, sometimes it’s just more peaceful and relaxing to be on your own.

From adventure games to cooperative board games, there are tons of single-player board games that you can play!

1. What Next? Cooperative Pick Your Path Adventure Board Game

  • Player count: 1 - 4 players
  • Duration: 30 - 60 minutes or more
  • Ages: 10 years and up

Get ready to go on an epic adventure with the What Next? Cooperative Pick Your Path Adventure Board Game. Although this is a cooperative game, it can also be played solo!

The choose-your-own-adventure story and mini-games will keep you so busy that you’ll forget you’re playing on your own! You can choose from the 3 available adventures with varying difficulty levels: Drums of Koala Cave, The Skyscraper Caper, and Blinky’s Great Escape.

How to play What Next?

If you’re playing in single-player mode, you start by picking a path you want to take. Your game will depend on the different cards you get from the location card, item card, and event card piles.

You will get to choose your adventure as you go along the game. Be careful when it’s nighttime because the cards will become more dangerous! Be prepared also for random events to pop out throughout the game. Some challenges can even give you unique items that will give you an edge throughout your adventure!

You can do so many things in this board game that will make you ask What Next? The game ends when you reach the end of the adventure and win. However, if the tower peril collapses, you lost the game!

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Reasons to buy:

  • Beautiful artwork design
  • Fun and easy to play

Reasons to avoid:

  • There are only three game modes with three storylines which can get repetitive
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2. Indie Boards and Cards Terraforming Mars Board Game

  • Player count: 1 - 5 players
  • Duration: 120 minutes or more
  • Ages: 12 years and up

Indie Boards and Cards Terraforming Mars Board Game is one of the more complex games on our list. Its premise is that giant corporations will take the lead in making Mars liveable for humans in the future. Players will be the corporations and will work on the terraforming process. While this game can be played with other people, you’ll have a great time playing this by yourself too!

How to play Terraforming Mars

This game lets you start as a beginner corporation to give an edge to those still trying to figure out how to play. When you play solo, it is recommended to play as a standard corporation. You can randomly pick two standard corporations and choose which among the two you want to represent. Corporations give you certain items and benefits depending on the card you choose.

The main goal of this game is to transform Mars into a habitable environment. You’ll do this by acquiring project cards that can represent introducing plant life or animals, hurling asteroids at the surface, mining the moons of Jupiter, or building cities. Many cards will also require you to perform some actions; some only become playable when your temperature, oxygen, or ocean coverage increases. There’s definitely a lot to think about when playing this game!

You can try setting a time limit of 120 minutes or more as a solo player. Make sure to complete the game’s objectives before your time is up. The game ends when Mars’ temperature, oxygen, and water presence have become sufficient for humans to live there!

Reasons to buy:

  • Fun and strategic board game
  • You can play this board game solo, or as a cooperative yet competitive game with others

Reasons to avoid:

  • Not a quick and easy game to play
  • Can take a long time to play
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3. Cephalofair Games Gloomhaven: Jaws of The Lion Strategy Boxed Board Game

  • Player count: 1 - 4 players
  • Duration: 30 - 120 minutes or more
  • Ages: 12 years and up

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is another cooperative board game from Cephalofair Games. It is a standalone game that is set before the events of the original Gloomhaven game, which became a favorite game of board game enthusiasts when it was released in 2017. Players of the original game loved its use of tactical combat and character building.

Jaws of the Lion is also set in the world of Gloomhaven, but takes the opportunity to introduce four new characters - Valrath Red Guard, Inox HatchetH, Human Voidwarden, and Quatryl Demolitionist that players will love to play! While this game can be played by a group of 4, solo players will still find playing this adventure game a unique and exciting experience!

How to play Gloomhaven: Jaws of The Lion

The base game takes its cues from the original Gloomhaven game, but Jaws of The Lion has a bit of a learning curve. The complexity of the rules can throw off some people, but compared with Gloomhaven, Jaws of the Lion is a lot easier to pick up. You can still enjoy this game even if you’re just a casual player!

When you play this roleplaying game, you take on the role of a mercenary embarking on a new campaign. The core gameplay features mercenaries going through 25 adventures while investigating a series of mysterious disappearances. You will have to devise a tactical combat strategy and smartly use your characters and their abilities to fight off monsters and survive various challenges.

Each character has a deck of cards representing the actions it can take. For example, Hatchett is good at throwing an axe, which is fantastic for ranged attacks and looting treasure. Other characters also have their own ability cards that you should use to defeat enemies. You’ll get chances to upgrade your characters and level up throughout the game!

Reasons to buy:

  • Fans of the Gloomhaven board game will find this a great introduction to the Gloomhaven universe
  • Shorter and easier to play than the original Gloomhaven board game

Reasons to avoid:

  • High learning curve and can take some time to get the hang of it
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4. Coffee Roaster

  • Player count: 1 player
  • Duration: 30 - 45 minutes or more
  • Ages: 12 years and up

Coffee Roaster is like a deck-building game, except it’s all about coffee! This board game is strictly for solo players and perfect for playing during lazy afternoons. If you love drinking coffee, this is your chance to have a barista experience and learn how to brew that perfect cup of coffee! Coffee Roasters will definitely be a favorite game of coffee fanatics!

How to play Coffee Roasters

This deck-building game is played over three rounds where you will need to make a different cup of coffee by putting ingredients together in the drawing bag. You build your bag by trying to get the roast values of the coffee beans to the right level, removing bad beans, and using flavor tokens to manipulate the contents of your bag.

You’ll also need luck to play this game because you never know what kind of coffee beans or flavor tokens you’ll get! That’s a challenge when trying to make the ultimate coffee creation! By the end of the game, you will add the scores for the three coffee cups you brewed, which will become your final barista score!

Reasons to buy:

  • Fun and relaxing game to play
  • Great game for coffee lovers
  • Rules are easy to understand

Reasons to avoid:

  • Some might find the game too simple
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