The Consolidated Top 250 Solo Games 2014 - 2019
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does every year to bring us the much anticipated Top 100 Solo games. Last year I decided to put together a consolidated list of the Top 100 Solo games for the past 5 years (2014-2018). This helps to highlight some older games that people may miss amongst the new "hotness".

Well the good news is that the Consolidated List of the All Time Best Solo Games Ever is back!!! Here is the 2019 Edition and it will be, as it was last year, based purely on the published data and rankings given in Kevin's Top 200 Solo games lists for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and now 2019.

You don't know about the Top 100 Solo Games list run by Kevin?! Well here are some useful links to his great work over the past 6 years.

2019 Top 200 Solo Games
2018 Top 200 Solo Games
2017 Top 100 Solo Games
2016 Top 100 Solo Games
2015 Top 100 Solo Games
2014 Top 100 Solo Games

Please remember that this is purely for fun! I totally understand that whichever way you try to rank the best solo games of all time is subjective. However, at the risk of being shot down here is what I have done.

How it works

I have looked at the rankings provided in the geeklists for the past 6 years and allocated the game in each ranking a score between 0.05 (if the game was 200th in the list) and 10 (if the game was first in the list) with increments of 0.05 per position. I have then added those scores together for each game on the list.

So, for example if a game was on the list 3 times at position 18, 25 and 44 it will have been awarded 9.15, 8.8 and 7.85 respectively. I have then totalled those scores and applied a modifier. For a game that has scores in 5 of the 6 years you can simply add together the 5 scores, for a game with 6 scores it will be the average annual score multiplied by 5. For games with 4 or less years on the Top 200 I have done something slightly different to last year, but these games will get a proportion of their average 5 year score so a 4 year game will receive 96% of its average score. A game with 3 years receives 90% and games with 2 and 1 years on the Top 200 receive a lower percentage.

What does this mean?

It means the list will skew towards games with 5 or 6 years on the Top 200 although games with 3 or 4 years on the Top 200 can still score quite highly. Games with only 1 or 2 years in the Top 200 can and do break into the list, but they will typically not break into the Top 100.

I know it's subjective and I could have used a myriad of different calculations, but quite frankly there is no perfect method (look at the discussions on BGG ratings) and remember this is just a bit of fun. I do think the method I have employed this year will benefit the rankings once we have 250+ games that have been in the Solo Top 200 for 5 years or more.

So what is the Consolidated Top 250 exactly?

Well, I am not to sure really, but think of it, if you like, as the Album chart to the Top 100's Singles chart. For those that are old enough to remember the charts and vinyl records . For the younger generation that analogy was probably lost on you, sorry.

Ultimately it is intended to remind you that we now have a great many games that can be played solo and some of them are no longer on the 2019 Top 200, but that definitely does not mean that they are not worth looking at.

EDIT 14/2: I have updated to reflect two or three games where Kevin bundled the editions, versions etc. together at some point between 2014 and 2018. I have taken some licence and consolidated these games for the purposes of this list and so Hoplomachus has now disappeared, but it will return.....

EDIT 15/2: Thanks Morten for pointing out that the colon on Pandemic the Cure was missing causing an issue with the order. I have updated this now.

EDIT: 16/2 this is becoming a daily occurrence, but I decided to remove all the single entries of the D&D game series and just include the consolidated view, selecting the best score from each year.

So here is the list in reverse order from 250 to 1

Here are my proposed update dates

250-241 / 13/2
240-226 / 14/2
225-201 / 15/2
200-176 / 16/2
175-151 / 18/2
150-126 / 20/2
125-101 / 22/2
100-76 / 24/2
75-51 / 26/2
50-26 / 28/2
25-11 / 01/3
10-6 / 03/3
5-1 / 05/3

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1. Board Game: We Must Tell the Emperor [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:4027]
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I decided to pull together all the D&D Boardgames and so now this will drop in to the Top 250.

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2. Board Game: Castaways [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1536]
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This has sneaked into the Top 250 as a result of another gremlin in my spreadsheet (Pandemic the Cure was so good I had included it twice!). I had completed my quality controls, but apparently not very well!

Not played this one, but it is from way back in the last decade.

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3. Board Game: Everything vs. Everything [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Sorry don't know much about this one. However, it charted in 2014 and 2015 and then it disappeared into nothing. How ironic!

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4. Board Game: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:282]
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The Coop game that has you playing as Harry, Hermoine, Ron or if you are really unlucky Neville Longbottom. There is a game for each book and it ramps up the rules and the difficulty as you go. It plays just fine and has an expansion if you get through the main game.

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5. Board Game: Between Two Cities [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:574]
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It's a bit like being in Reading right? Somewhere between Oxford and London? And therefore between two..... Oh forget it. An interesting but somewhat forgettable little semi cooperative game with a very odd scoring mechanic. Charted just the once in 2015, still it was your number 247.

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6. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:58]
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The multiplayer Civ drafting card game powerhouse from the mighty Antoine Bauza. We loved it, back in the days before real solo games were available, but now we're clearly getting our Civ fix elsewhere.

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7. Board Game: Micropul [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2848]
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It's from 2004. Remember when we thought 48k RAM was massive and we used tape decks to load video games and the TV was only just in colour (err that was the 1970's).

Well this was a proper 1-2 player tactical tile laying game that we loved and left behind.

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8. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:715]
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This is from a time when you could put the word Legacy in a game and it didn't have an alternative meaning.

Also another unusual factoid, this is a Portal game release that is not designed by Ignacy.

An early entry into the "It has a solo variant that plays differently to the multiplayer game" chart.

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9. Board Game: Race! Formula 90 [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:1396]
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This is the first game in the list to have had 3 years in the Top 200. It has an exclamation mark in the title which is probably intended to represent speed and excitement, but as they say in the US of A, it appears to have "run out of gas".

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10. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:309] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
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It's from 1985, they will probably play it Season 4 of Stranger Things and it has a rulebook that would make a piece of European Legislation seem succinct. It may be a dinosaur but it is a true solosaurus.

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11. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:116] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
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The 2014 game that put Plaid Hat games on the map and introduced the Crossroads cards. The gameplay has that semi cooperative everyone against the game feel to it, but I always felt it lost a little of its sparkle in solo mode.

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12. Board Game: SpaceCorp [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:811]
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The first "new" game on the list and it will be interesting to see if this is a flash in the pan or that start of something beautiful.

It's from veteran designer John H Butterfield, it supports solo only and it has an expansion due out in 2020 that could give its solo rating a boost.

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13. Board Game: HEXplore It: The Valley of the Dead King [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:2140] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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Hex based adventure game with hexes, cards and minis. This is just one of a few iterations of this game.

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14. Board Game: Aerion [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:1589]
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The latest incarnation of the small box Omniverse Marmite games. It has weird art style, but for those that enjoy it the game play is changed up in each of its iterations. If this can hold up against the 2020 releases maybe, just maybe it can climb the solo ladder to immortality. Yeah, I doubt it too.

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15. Board Game: In Magnificent Style: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:3945]
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Right we are going back again to 2012 and the famous Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. This is a chit-pulling, dice rolling, honest to goodness war game that has an element of pushing your luck. Much like the American Civil War this one is in the past.

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16. Board Game: Dinosaur Island [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:128] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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This one is a 2017 release that came out on Kickstarter and because of those two factors it was solo-able right out of the box.

It has a day-glo 1980's look to it, and the expansion may just mean it gets a boost up the charts in 2020, but solo is now a crowded market and this one didn't quite hit the mark for everyone.

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17. Board Game: Bowling Solitaire [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:5105]
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Finally a game that is older than me and it's solitaire. It would probably have been the No.1 solo game of 1970, and I really don't have much to add to that.

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18. Board Game: Star Wars: Outer Rim [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:280]
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Another 2019 entry and the one that is supposed to be a Firefly killer, but we will have to wait and see. Is it possible that FFG won't produce an expansion for this game? Had it been released in 2016 that notion would have been inconceivable, but now.....who knows?

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19. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:572]
Board Game: Churchill
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A three player game that models the post world war discussions that decided the future of Europe and the wider world. However, if you can't find a Roosevelt or more likely a Stalin then you can be Churchill all by your lonesome and use the charts to automate the other parties. Although many suggest that the game loses some of its charm and perhaps that's why is dalliance with the Top 200 solo games was relatively short lived.

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20. Board Game: Elevenses for One [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:7093]
Board Game: Elevenses for One
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The Solo game that makes it acceptable to snack between meals. Is Elevenses an old fashioned English thing? I am not terribly sure, but I think this was a Print and Play and apparently it won the 2014 Golden Geek award for best P&P game. So it has pedigree.

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21. Board Game: New Bedford [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:1325]
Board Game: New Bedford
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Be a captain of your own ship! Go whaling, build a city, battle against an automated opponent. This game had a few issues with the first edition tiles, but Dice Hate Me did a great job replacing them and this is a charming, tight worker placement game that comes in a very small box. It dares to have a different theme and it works pretty well, but it is certainly not everyone's cup of tea.

It seems to have set sail in 2018 and may have got lost on the Ocean like that film with the bloke from ER.

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22. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:922]
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Solo game? Check. Ancient Greece? Check. Tile laying? Check. It ticked all the boxes back in 2009 and it is still holding on in 2020 over a decade later.

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23. Board Game: Tapestry [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:236]
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Some people like it, others not so much. It has made the list based on its 2019 position on the Top 200 list. I think the jury is out on this one, and I am not sure it is going to have the seal of approval that Stegmaier's classic Scythe, or the reinvented Viticulture have achieved.

I like this game but I don' think has So-lo-ngevity,

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24. Board Game: Everdell [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:37]
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In contrast to number 239 I haven't played this one, but the feedback I get is that this gets some reasonable love. It is from Starling games, a company that has not missed a single beat (in my view). This is the company that was borne out of Game Salute and all the well documented problems that you can find littered across the BGG forums.

Starling games has managed to throw off those shackles by focusing on customer services, quality games, marketing and delivering on its Kickstarters.

This could stand the test of time probably, possibly, maybe.

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25. Board Game: Perdition's Mouth: Abyssal Rift [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:2765]
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My favourite set of four unconnected words as I think I pointed out last year.

It's a Euro style dungeon crawl that has probably since been overtaken by Gloomhaven (on the basis that it has disappeared in 2019).

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