Whether you are unfortunate stuck at home right now or not one of the most common questions we get is what the best single player games are for killing time with some healthy distraction therapy away from the real world.
There's hundreds to choose from, but we think we've narrowed down our recommendations to our top 6.
1) Nemos War
Play as Captain Nemo upon his electric submarine in the mid-1800s, exploring the world’s oceans and fighting imperialism!
Based on the Novel, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas, Nemo’s war successfully captures feelings and themes of adventure as you voyage upon the Nautilus, exploring, fighting, usurping, and inciting revolutions across the globe but be careful as you grow bolder with each successful expedition, or insurrection, the powers that be will take notice and will seek to thwart your heroic endeavour by sending a their fleets to stop you.
Whether your motive be exploration, science, anti-imperialism or even war, players will travel the seas completing different objectives, making new allies and even experiencing events at different times depending solely on the chosen motive.
Other factors are also randomised between playthroughs, thus pairing that with the lack of a sole narrative, makes Nemo’s War one of the best thematic but also replayable solo games.
Not exactly the ideal form of escapism given the current state of the world. If you don’t mind the theme, then you’ll find plenty to enjoy while playing Pandemic. A co-operative game for 1-4 players, you need to find the cure for multiple diseases spreading across the world.
A clever card mechanic intensifies the action by creating outbreaks of disease in 48 cities across the world. In solo play you will need to control 4 randomly selected characters with their own unique set of skills to help find a cure.
You can tailor the games difficulty to your experience level. This is achieved through adjusting the number of epidemic cards in the infection deck; you can make this a walk in the park or difficult enough to have you testing the aerodynamics of the board as you launch it across the room.
This is a game that all of our team has played and enjoyed. With some brilliant expansions and the flexibility to play solo or with up to 4 players you’ll get sick of my puns before you get sick of this game.
This is my favourite game for a quick solo game experience, it may not offer the depth of that other great Robinson Crusoe solo /cooperative experience but it still provides it’s own challenge.
You play as Friday, trying to help the shipwrecked Robinson Crusoe to escape your island.
A deck builder at it’s core, you will play cards against various hazards to defeat them and subsequently incorporate those defeated cards into your deck. Your starting hand includes many cards with negative values it becomes important to decide which hazards or fights are worth the risk; as Robinson ages though reshuffling the draw pile you will see more negative cards added to your deck.
Another very clever game with a variable difficulty.
I highly recommend Friday for those looking for a challenging game not a challenging setup. It’s a safe bet to keep you entertained while we are all feeling marooned in our homes.
Check out Friday Here
4) Mage Knight
Play as one of the legendary Mage Knights as you defend the realm from evil in a variety of scenarios.
Mage Knight is a complex deck building adventure game, where you will build your small quaint deck of Deed Cards (actions & ability cards) into a full fledged compendium of almighty awesomeness.
Throughout the game, you can strengthen your powers and actions by finding new followers, acquiring strange artifacts or recruiting other powerful Mage Knights to fight for you! Just promise them glory and danger, and they’ll be yours.
Beginning with a tutorial mission, Mage Knight introduces the mechanics of this relatively complex game through a surprisingly uncomplicated tutorial mission.
This is important to highlight as it teaches the mechanics of the game in a natural order without inundating players with information at unimportant times making a heavy but also accessible game for those looking to go into the heavier board games.
Do yourself a favour and pick up this gem of an adventure game, build up your Deeds and protect the realm.
Check out Mage Knight Here
Expand your small fishing company into one of the greatest fleets in Norway and dominate the competition in Nusfjord. In Nusfjord players will begin as a small but up and coming fishing company, desperate to control the fishing pools of Nusfjord.
To do this players must clear the trees surrounding the fjords to make room for their buildings, your harbour must be expanded to fit more vessels and finally you must be successful enough in your fishing to pay for all this.
But it may not be enough, if you are too eager to expand you may find yourself low in funds, unable to pay for your extravagance.
BUT FEAR NOT, you can sell shares in your company, and quickly buy them back when you are able but FEAR AGAIN because if a competitor buys enough of your shares, and you owe the Nusfjord Elders you may not have a company left. In the solo mode, players will control 2 companies, trading shares amongst themselves in a campaign setting hoping to accumulate 100 victory points in different and increasingly difficult rounds.
Check out Nusfjord Here
See the sights, find some enemies, and be in awe of the ridiculous combination of retro-futurism and dieselpunk in FALLOUT: THE BOARD GAME! Fallout: The Board Game is based off the incredible video game series of the same name.
Just like the video games, Fallout: The Board Game accomplishes the themes and fun of a single player experience (Let’s be honest Fallout 76’s multiplayer just didn’t work).
Fans of the series will feel right at home in this toxic, nuclear nightmare as they explore the wasteland, reveal tiles, complete their objectives and use their V.A.T.S to shoot enemies with almost too much precision.
For those new to the series, Fallout: The Board Game is a wonderful game if you’re just looking for a single player board game with exploration, and lots of enemies. In this game, these too mechanics go hand in hand, so as you explore, you will uncover new enemy spawns and if you explore too greedily you may find yourself outnumbered and overwhelmed.
Check out Fallout Here