Best Co-Op Games for Solo Play?
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What are the best co-op games to play solo? While they don't have to say (1 player) on the box, I'm looking for anything that works with one. I have some examples in this list, as well as some games that I would like to know more about. Are they suitable?

With co-op games becoming increasingly popular, I always like to know which are solo-possible. My group gets together about once a week, all things permitting, but it is great to have a solo game to tinker with on slow days or in my off time.
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My current favorite solo game. Great with a group, but there is also less-talked-about fantastic solitaire here. It is a card game where one player can easily play all the superheroes without negatively impacting anything.
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2. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:256]
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Another game that is totally workable as a solo game (with no rules changes!) but that rarely gets talked about as such. Very fun to run through a solo game on those non-gamer-group days.
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A fantastic co-op game (the competitive version is somewhat less fun I'm finding) that works perfectly well solo.
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I played this solo for several months before finally getting a group of players together. Fun both ways.
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Probably the only game on this list that I would argue works better solo than co-op.
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I have never played this, but very much want to know if it is workable as a solo game in addition to what looks like great co-op.
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7. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:194]
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This game looks amazing. Is it also playable as a solo if need be? I don't have it and have never played.
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It says 1 player right there on the box....just checking to see if that's any fun, since I'm pretty much sold on the rest of the game. I've never played this and don't own it.
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Is one player at all possible? I know you couldn't have a traitor, but would the game work otherwise? Don't own it, never played.
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I am a huge fan of the show and of what little I've seen of this game. Is it workable solo? Seems like the answer would be no due to the Cylon mechanic, but I'm not sure. Often games are perfectly workable solo even when the box doesn't say so, so I figured it was worth checking. Don't own it, never played.
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I think this game would fit on the list. I do not own it but the second printing is due out in March and it looks sweet!
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This game runs perfectly with 1.
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13. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:376]
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Solo-able?

I've heard that it is similar to Pandemic, both in playstyle and in the ability to run solo.
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Better or worse than the above-listed card game?
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I'm not even sure if this is out yet, beyond promos and prototypes....

I like Flash Point. I hear similar vibes about this...true or not?
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great solo, both using 1 COG or 2 COGs
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17. Board Game: Wok Star [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1735]
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Wok Star will be relaunched through Kickstarter in 2013, and I can highly recommend this both as a coop and solo game.
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18. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:334] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Zombicide is amazing solo, so tense and its narrative arc is just wonderful. I highly recommend it.
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19. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:423]
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Escape: The Curse of the Temple has a very good rules for solo play included in the box. One simply plays with 7 dice instead of 5 as in the multi-player version, and it works very well and is a lot of fun.
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Space Alert has been very enjoyable the few times I've played it solitaire, but I'm not drawn to it in the same way as to Zombicide or Sentinel Comics where the games tell such a great story.
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Plays one to six players. Recommend getting the Castle Panic: The Wizard's Tower expansion to ratchet up the PANIC!
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22. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:468]
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With smaller table space and rolling dice, this isn't too bad.
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23. Board Game: Agents of SMERSH [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1105]
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Just played this solo today.

Plays fine whether you play one character or more.

Turns are fast and exciting. One of my faves.
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This one is a real beauty!

The good thing about playing it solo is: When you play solo you even have a chance of winning!
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25. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:20]
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Has scenarios for solo, co-op, and competitive game play.

Currently ranked the #9 board game so I think it is pretty popular...
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