Favorite games with solo AND multiplayer

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As I’ve expanded my collection I’ve come to realize the importance of owning games with a good solo mode in addition to a solid multiplayer experience. A good solo mode also helps that game hit the table more frequently, which helps extract more value from the game.

I’ve never considered myself to be a solo gamer in the past but I’ve steadily come to enjoy that more and more. 

What are some great games that you can enjoy at all player counts?

My personal favorites so far are are Scythe, Imperial Assault, and Outer Rim. 

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12 months ago

I bring it up a lot, but Gaia Project really is excellent at both solo and multiplayer. The automa is excellent!

Supporter12 months ago

This was the kind of suggestion I was hoping for! Great choice. 

Supporter12 months ago

Yes, you keep saying that, it doesn't help me want it any less. LOL. 

12 months ago

I'll +1 to Outer Rim :) 

Other games I love with groups or solo are:

  • Tiny Epic Galaxies
  • Flip Ships
  • Flatline
  • Terraforming Mars
  • Clank!
  • Rurik: Dawn of Kiev
  • Wakening Lair
  • Twice as Clever (Doppelt So Clever)
  • Brikks

Most roll-and-write games are wonderful solo or with many.

Supporter12 months ago

Do you have the expansion for Tiny Epic Galaxies? Is it necessary?

12 months ago

I do, and I love it. It really adds some fun to the multiplayer game. Solo, you could really do without it and be fine. Even multiplayer you don't need it to have a great game; it just adds some new things like press your luck which I enjoy.

Supporter12 months ago

What do you think of Rurik?  After the 3MR I looked a few more videos and listening to Blue Peg Pink Peg and I think I’d really enjoy it.

12 months ago

I love Rurik. Very well done with excellent gameplay. The solo automata is really good as well; feels almost like you're playing with another player :) 

Supporter12 months ago

Awesome!  Well it's moved to the top of my wish list at the moment.  I do have some Kickstarters coming soon so I'm going to try to hold off on purchasing it.  But it looks like a game I'd really enjoy.

12 months ago

It really is good. I'd recommend it. Area control is a big part of it, but there's a lot you need to do other than just fight, which gives it a nice balance.

Supporter12 months ago

Awesome.  Yeah that's what I like in the look of it.  There is some combat and area control but there is more to the game.  I love Euro Style Games, I love Worker Placement, I also live Area Control and Combat.  Seems like an awesome combination.  Plus I love the bribery function and the programming aspect.

12 months ago

The worker placement aspect really isn't as much worker placement as it is bidding (see also: bribing). But it's the mechanic that really makes the game shine, I think.

Supporter12 months ago

Yeah, that sounds right.  That is the part that is interesting to me.  You have to plan out your turn in relation to others and it can change.  It seems like it could be frustrating in a good way.  Seems like everything leads to good player interaction, even if much of it is indirect.

12 months ago

"Frustrating in a good way" is an apt description haha The fighting is all one-sided (the defender doesn't get a say in what happens either way), but there is still a way for the attacker to lose units. I like combat where both sides roll or play cards or spend resources to alter the results, but this method works well for Rurik.

Supporter12 months ago

Yeah, I like those mechanisms too.  I wonder with the bribing and programming if you could try to see where someone wanted to attack you and try to get your first move worker into the fighting column first.  That could be the game within the game?  Have you seen that happen at all?

12 months ago

Yeah, you could certainly place your worker to deprive someone of an action, which could actually be pretty beneficial. I haven't necessarily seen it happen as a block, but there have been times a worker was placed there first in order to guarantee their attack. You also have to remember that if the other player attacks before you, they may end up wiping you off that area, so if you were expecting to counterattack there, you'd be out of luck.  I've never really thought about it being a game within a game, but I can totally see that now. And what a game it is! haha

Supporter12 months ago

Yeah, I was thinking if you could anticipate someone coming after you you could try to position your worker so you could attack before they could.

Supporter12 months ago

This game seems quite cool. I also like the theme. The mechanics sound excellent 

Supporter12 months ago

That is one of the aspects that makes it look interesting to me. 

Supporter12 months ago

It looks very good. 

Supporter12 months ago

Which clank do your prefer. I guess I didn't know you could play them solo. So, I've sort of ignored them up until now. 

12 months ago

I've only played the original Clank!, along with the Mummy's Curse expansion. I've heard great things about In! Space! as well, but have yet to try it. 

The solo for Clank! is all about getting a high score. I'm not always about that in solo, but this one works well for me.

Supporter12 months ago

Can I play clank solo with the base game?

12 months ago

You most certainly can. 

Supporter12 months ago

Do the rules from the box talk about that? I don’t remember my box saying anything. 

12 months ago

I'm not sure, to be honest. I'm pretty sure it's all done on the app. Renegade has an app that supports/augments quite a few of their games, and the Clank! part of the app guides you through a solo mission with various goals you must accomplish within a certain amount of turns, all while trying to accomplish what you set out for--RICHES!

Supporter12 months ago

Is the app free?

12 months ago

It most certainly is. 

Supporter12 months ago

Oh, I didn't know it was app controlled. That is probably why it wasn't on my radar. 

12 months ago

The app can also provide a bit of a different way to play with multiple people as well, so it's not just for solo. I have yet to integrate it into a multiplayer game, but it looks like it would be great.