As many of you know, most of my gaming is played solo.And, I continue to try and build my solo collection. I tend to prefer games where you are playing against some sort of AI rather than a "beat your own score" variant. But, I do enjoy many different kinds of solo experiences.
Without further ado, here is my list.
- #Star Trek: Frontiers This is a reskin of the popular #Mage Knight. I have never played Mage Knight, but I can see why it is so popular if it is anything like STF. In STF you are captaining a ship, exploring a quadrant of space, recruiting crew, fighting Romulans, and eventually fighting a borg cube. It is a wonderful wonderful sandbox game. And, while it usually takes me 90-150 minutes to play, I always completely loose track of time while I am playing.
- #Spirit Island On the BGG top 200 solo list, this surpassed Mage Knight last year as the No. 1 solo game. And, I feel like it deserves it. I feel like Spirit Island is one of the best games of all time. It is incredible, deep, and thematic. You are playing as a spirit, on a Island. Some colonial power has come to your shores, and you are fighting them with every tool at your disposal. I do feel like this is a game that every solo gamer should try. It scales well in terms of complexity. You can have a satisfying game playing as one spirit, or you can play up to four. Your oponents can ramp up or down in comlexity and difficulty. The one ding against it, and I feel like this will make a number of people not like it, is that the mechanism of the invaders invading is coldly mechanical and a physically fiddly. It is a excellent mechanism, and I don't think the game would be as good without it, but it does take me out of the game just a little bit every time they invaders progress. I feel like that would also hold true in multiplayer games.
- #Deep Space D-6 My first two games were big, meaty, destination games. This one is a short, cute, and fast little dice allocation, solo only, game. Basically you are stuck in a ship in some part of space, and you have to fend off all sorts of problems until help arrives.The game is simple, it looks charming, you have a variety of ships to pick one and each one plays differently.
- #Scythe Scythe is a bit of a goldilocks game for me. It plays best at 4 or 5 players, but is still excellent at lower player counts. It is meaty enough for the "hardcore" gamer, but it is simple enough for people who have never played a hobby game.It is long enough to be a destination game, but it never feels too long. For years it was my #1 game of all time. It has recently slipped but I still hold it in high esteem. It was the first solo game I ever bought, and it was a great choice for me. If I have a ding against it, it would be that the AI system is a little hard to parse at first.
- #Agricola (Revised Edition) Yes, that is right. I love this classic Euro game about farming in the 17th century. I love it multiplayer. And, I love it solo. If you play it solo, it is a pure puzzle, and it is only a beat your own score variant. But, it is good enough that I love it anyways.
So, this is my list. Do you solo game? if so, which are your favorites?
p.s. I really expect that this list will see a massive overhaul whenever I get my games from the states a chance to be played.