Skurvy5

My Top 5 Solo Games

In order to avoid taking away from @Marshwiggle92’s thread I have decided to create my own post for my Top 5 solo games. Without further preamble:

1. #Gloomhaven - This game is extraordinary. Sublime. So much content to see and experience. Every scenario is a tough, tense adventure that usually goes down to the last minute. I’ve only played 4 of 17 character classes but they’ve all been so interesting and unique. Every time I play I can’t wait to unlock something new or progress the storyline further. 

2. #Star Wars Imperial Assault - Playing this game solo with the app is incredible. It really feels like you are in a Star Wars story. The theme pulls you in. The miniatures are great and add to the experience. The app does a fantastic job telling a story as you play through the various campaigns. Highly recommended. 

3. #Paladins of the West Kingdom - Something totally different than what I’ve listed so far. But so much fun. The engine building, worker placement, and upgrading is so much fun. There are so many different strategies to try and all of them seem viable. The AI plays like you are competing against a real player. Crunchy, deep, and compelling. This is a good one. 

4. #Scythe - another great game with a great AI system. The Automa cards are fantastic. It really nails the experience of playing against a real player. The expansion content takes this game to an entirely new level. You do need to learn the “language” of the AI but once you internalize the rules the game plays great. 

5. #Everdell - from extremely humble beginnings you build your woodland village and by the end of the game you have an amazing engine that you didn’t think would be possible at the start of the game. This game gives you a fantastic sense of progression as each season shifts. The first time I played this game I didn’t think it would be possible to get anything done and the game seemed so short. But then I played the game. Your engine hits it’s stride and you start churning and wow. It’s so much fun trying to squeeze in every possible action you can. Great game. 

Bonus! This is actually a Top 8!

6. #Star Wars: Outer Rim - this is another great, thematic Star Wars game. The AI in this one does a great job of making it feel like you are competing against another player. The different story beats and multiple paths to victory make this a great game. 

7. #A Feast For Odin - mmm Vikings. So many options to explore. Tons of different paths to victory. The system of putting items in your longhouse is really quite challenging and fun. I really wish I had the expansion for this one. 

8. #Spirit Island - I would have thought this one would be higher on my list. But here it is down at the bottom. Is it because I’m really bad at this game? Maybe. Is it because I really think it would shine with multiple people working together? Yes. This gets tons of love as one of the best solo games and I can see the potential but it just isn’t clicking with me the way I thought it would initially. I haven’t given up on this one yet but I’m surprised by how much I struggle to play this one. 

2 points by Skurvy5 - updated 8 days ago | 24 comments | report | subscribe

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Outer Rim is a pretty great solo game, but I'm a bit saddened that it's not my #1. I really was hoping for that haha

Stop making me jealous about Imperial Assault.

Good to see Scythe up there as well. That really is making it easier for me to get that next (if I decide to do so).

Have you played Terraforming Mars solo? That's a great one.

Skurvy5 Supporter8 days ago | 1 point[-]

I actually haven’t played TM solo. I’ll dive into it with my new expansion here soon!

BenjaminK 8 days ago | 1 point[-]

Let us know what you think of it! 

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I wonder where #Underwater Cities will fall within this list! Do you think you'll have time for it this weekend?

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’m planning on it! 

philryuh Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Looking forward to it. And with the giveaway ending on Sunday, let's see what happens.... lol

By the way, I see Underwater Cities made its entry into people's choice for solo board games 2019! https://emilbrett.github.io/SoloQuester/ (also good to see that Clans is going strong and Architects is sitting at a good spot too)

Edit: #50 for Underwater Cities by the way.

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Wow, I forgot that the giveaway ends this weekend. I’m way off my normal pace for posts   

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Sure is!

theDL 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I love how simple the solo mode in #Everdell is to run. Every time you play a card, he plays card. So easy!

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

It’s easy and fun! Plays quick too. 

theDL 9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Man, I just love that game, haha

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I totally forgot about IA when I made my list.  Perhaps because I haven't really played it solo and I've played it many many times multiplayer.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

So, are you retroactively putting it at number 1?

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Oh on, I think I'd do more like 5a. Imperial Assault 5b. Tactics.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

That sounds like a cheat... 

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I just haven't played either one enough to put one over the other at this point.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Yep. I understand. Just joshing you. 

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

His list, his rules. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Great list. I'm a little surprised about #Spirit Island being so low, but, it is your list. 

Do you have any idea where #scythe would be without the expansions? 

Good to see #Paladins of the West Kingdom so high. Glad you are liking it. 

sdirrane Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have #Scythe at #4 and I only have one expansion (well one I've used).

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’m surprised by Spirit Island too. I think I need to try it with 2 spirits instead of one. 

Scythe wouldn’t be on this list if it wasn’t for the expansions. 

Paladins is so fun.  

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

Ah well.... If #Spirit Island continues to not mesh with you, I'll bet it would be easy to trade away. 

Skurvy5 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I’m not giving up on it yet. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter9 days ago | 1 point[-]

I'm glad to hear that.