10 Must-Have Microgames

October 17, 2018

10 Must-Have Microgames

Microgames are amazing for multiple reasons. First off, they are small enough to bring almost anywhere, making for easy fun at a moments notice. Also, they are usually cheaper than larger board games and can bring an equal level of fun to the table. Microgames have a loose definition and which ones fall under the label are open to interpretation, but most people generally agree on them based on playability and portability. Here are the 10 Must-Have Microgames to consider adding to your collection.

  1. Hive Pocket

  • 2 Player
  • 20 Min Play Time
  • Abstract, Tile Placement, Strategy

Some don’t consider Hive Pocket to be a microgame due to the complex strategy and steep learning curve, but it made the list due to its short play time and portability. In this strategic but abstract game, two players take turns placing different tiles in hopes of surrounding the opponents Queen.

  1. Star Realms

  • 2 Player
  • 20 Min Play Time
  • Strategy, Card Drafting, Deck Building

In the fast-paced spaceship battle game Star Realms, players try to win by attacking their opponents and reducing their Authority (score) from 50 to 0. Star Realms implements aspects of trading card games and deck building games resulting in an unique combat experience.

  1. Hanamikoji

  • 2 Player
  • 15 Min Play Time
  • Family, Card Game, Area Control

Hanamikoji is a Japanese area control card game and the goal of the game is to win the favor of geishas by giving them gifts. This card game is simple on the surface but once played reveals its true depth and complexity.


  1. The Resistance

  • 5-10 Players
  • 30 Min Play Time
  • Party, Bluffing, Deduction

The Resistance is a party game similar in play to games like Mafia or Werewolf. It is a highly social game of deduction and bluffing. Through discussion, players try to figure out everyone's role in the game and who can or cannot be trusted.

  1. Love Letter

  • 2-4 Players
  • 20 Min Play Time
  • Family, Card Game, Deduction

Test your luck and deduction skills in the card game Love Letter. The goal of the game is to get your love letter to the princess while knocking out other players along the way.

  1. Schotten Totten

  • 2 Player
  • 20 Min Play Time
  • Family, Card Game

In Schotten Totten, stones line the middle of the playing field and players try to win the stones by making card groups resembling poker hands. To win the game, successfully claim 5 stones or 3 adjacent ones.

  1. Hinabi

  • 2-5 Player
  • 25 Min Play Time
  • Family, Cooperative, Card Game, Memory, Deduction

In this cooperative board game Hinabi, players must work together to arrange a colorful firework display. The catch is your cards are visible only to other players, making everyone work together to complete the arrangement and win the game.

  1. Sylvion

  • 1-2 Player
  • 30 Min Play Time
  • Strategy, Card Game, Card Drafting

Defend the dream forest from the Fire Elemental who is trying to burn the forest down using trees, fountains, and animals. Think of Sylvion as a card game version of Plants vs. Zombies or any other tower defense game. Gameplay involves unique card drafting and decision making in order to defend against the onslaught of fire waves and save the forest.

  1. Mint Works

  • 1-4 Player
  • 10-20 Min Play Time
  • Strategy, Worker Placement

Mint Works is extremely portable due to the game coming in an actual mint container. It is a worker placement game, where players use mint tokens that represent workers to see out there economic goals in producing more mints.

  1. Sushi Go!

  • 2-5 Player
  • 15 Min Play Time
  • Family, Card Game, Card Drafting

In Sushi Go! score points based on collecting similar sushi dishes like sashimi, or score for each different type of nigiri dish you get. This fast-paced card game is a family favorite and implements card drafting mechanics similar to that of 7 Wonders.

Having a couple microgames on hand is a must have for anyone who enjoys board games, you never know when you might need to pass some time with Mint Works or save the party with The Resistance or Sushi Go!

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