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The best cooperative board games 🤝 2021

Do you prefer to play with each other 🤝 instead of against each other ⚔️? There doesn't always have to be one winner! In these board games, cooperation and teamwork count!

Coop not just for hardcore gamers

This list of the best cooperative board games for 2021 doesn't just include something for hardcore gamers - Zombie Kids Evolution, for example, is a cooperative board game for the whole family.

Teamwork as a central element

With all these cooperative board games (also known as "co-op games" or "community games") only one motto counts: you have to play together - teamwork rules! If you don't play together, you will quickly reach your limits and lose the game, but at least not alone.

Do you have an egoist slumbering in addition to the team player?

If you are not only into cooperation, but also have an egoist slumbering in you: We have created an extra list of so-called "semi-cooperative" games. Here you don't have to win together - you have to do it alone. But when things go bad, everyone loses.

List of the best cooperatives 🤝 board games 2021

Here's our list of the best cooperative board games to buy in 2021:

This list was last updated on May 17th, 2021. For this list, we compared 1249 board games and selected the top 30. There is also a print version of this list.
  1. Just One (Game of the Year 2019)

    Just One is a cooperative party game where you play together to discover as many mystery words as possible. Find the best clue to help your teammate. Be unique because all identical notices will be deleted!

    Nominated for 11 awards, 2 of which won.

    Game of the year 2019

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  2. MicroMacro: Crime City

    Crimes are happening in the city! Find the facts with the Detail View: Find the scenes that give you the right facts to solve the criminal cases. The huge city map (75 x 110 cm) contains innumerable hidden information. Different levels of difficulty lead the player through the game step by step. The players have to work closely together to find out what happened. The case cards contain questions to which the group must find the correct answers. Every criminal case is unique and hides amazing information!

    Nominated for 5 awards, 2 of which won.

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  3. Codenames: duet

    Codenames Duet keeps the basic elements of Codenames - give clues about a word to try to get someone to identify your agents among those on the table - but now you work together as a team to find all of your agents. (Why you don't already know who your agents are is a question Congressional investigators will later fall on your back!)

    Nominated for 9 awards, including 4 won.

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  4. The crew: Travel together to the 9th planet (Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020)

    In the cooperative trick-taking game "The Crew: Travel to the 9th Planet Together" ("The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine"), the players embark on an uncertain space adventure as astronauts. What about the rumors about the unknown planet? The eventful journey through space extends over 50 exciting missions. But this game can only be defeated if each player performs common individual tasks. In order to meet the various challenges, communication in the team is essential. But that's more difficult than expected in space.

    Nominated for 14 awards, including 7 won.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

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  5. Pandemic Legacy: Season 1

    Pandemic Legacy is a collaborative campaign game with an overarching story arc that is played over 12-24 sessions, depending on how well your group does in the game. To begin with, the game starts out very much like the simple pandemic, where your team of disease control specialists race against the clock to travel the world treating disease hotspots while researching cures for each of the four plagues before you begin they get out of control.

    Nominated for 21 awards, of which 12 won.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

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