Good Morrow, Gamers! So over the last few months, I've found myself buying a few more small box/tiny games as opposed to your "traditional" box sizes that you'd find Ticket to Ride in, for example. I wanted to bring my top ten small box/tiny games to the table here in case you're in need of suggestions of lil stuff that's easy to travel with or store if you don't have a lot of room. While there's definitely crossover, I tried to pick games that covered a bunch of different mechanics so there's something for everyone! But without further ado, let's check them out!
10. Seasons of Rice
Hey...This one looks familiar!
Mechanics: Card Drafting, Tile Placement, Variable Player Powers
Why I Like It: This is a great game because of how much scoring variety there is; it really lends itself to a bunch of different strategies and because of the variable player powers, it changes a whole bunch game to game! It's very puzzley as well, so it can be really fun to weigh all your options and find the best path to victory!
9. Flip City
Theme: City Building
Mechanics: Deck Building; Push Your Luck
Why I Like It: In this deck builder you have the opportunity to press your luck to get even more cards in your play area each turn. In addition to that, players can win by getting 8+ VP in a single turn, or using one of the available cards which lets you win if you push your luck enough to have 18 cards in your play area; it really helps players get into that element of the game and test their city limits! It plays very quickly and smoothly as well so it's a great starter deck builder for any gamer!
8. Spot It!
There are a bunch of games very similar to Spot It! out there, but this one made my list because I think it's the most approachable of its kind.
Theme: This doesn't really have a theme in the base game, but there are a ton of versions you can get with holiday themes, Star Wars, sports, and more, so there's something for everyone!
Mechanics: Speed/Real Time; Pattern Recognition; Party Game
Why I Like It: I really enjoy speed based games and this one is fun because you have to scan the cards as fast as possible so you can point out the image in common. The images are different sizes on the cards so it's definitely not as easy to find as you think it'll be, and that challenge is half the fun! I also really like that it comes in a bunch of different themes! It's great that since the cards come out randomly, you can never prepare ahead of time, so there's infinite replayability.
7. Blend Off
Another speed game! But this time - with dice!
Theme: Food Service; Smoothie Making!
Mechanics: Speed/Real Time; Dice Rolling; Hand Management
Why I Like It: Again, I'm usually a pretty big fan of speed based games, as well as anything with dice rolling. The theme and colors are super cute and I think that the fast nature of the game really fits that theme of rushing to serve a ton of customers at closing time! (Come on, it even includes the stereotypical incompetent co-worker we've all had!)
6. Martian Dice
Hey...didn't we review this one? We sure did!
Theme: Aliens; Sci-Fi
Mechanics: Dice Rolling; Push Your Luck
Why I Like It: While I don't usually love games where push your luck is the only mechanic, this one is a fun time, every time. It plays really quickly, and even if you have some unlucky rolls, if you know how to stop yourself later on, there's still a chance to come out ahead! The theme is cute, the dice are great, and the game is 👌. Highly recommend!
Theme: Future; Space/Stars; Adventure
Mechanics: Set Collection; Memory
Why I Like It: First of all, it's just so pretty! The color scheme is so appealing and I adore it. It plays very smoothly and works well even with only 2 players. However, despite the simplicity, there's still meaningful decisions to make, so it is a very well rounded game overall.
4. Love Letter
We've talked about these before! I love these games! :D
Theme: Depends on which one you get! There's Royalty, Hobbit, Archer, Adventure Time, Batman, Munchkin, and probably more!
Mechanics: Deduction; Hand Management; Player Elimination; Variable Card Powers
Why I Like It: I definitely appreciate the variety in these because more than just the theme that changes; there are slight rule changes which really fit well with each new theme and add to the fun! These are super light and easy to teach to all types of gamers, and even through multiple rounds they play quickly! It can also be an especially fun tug-of-war when players get tied up in points and have one round to go for the game point!
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3. Deep Sea Adventure
Theme: Underwater/Deep Sea Diving; Adventuring
Mechanics: Roll and Move; Push Your Luck; Pick Up and Deliver
Why I Like It: I call this one of my personal classics because I feel like I originally played it very early in my time in the hobby and just really enjoyed it. It really makes you think about your moves because, while you definitely want to keep diving to get more/better treasure, you very well might also run out of air if you roll poorly (since the dice are only 1-3) before you make it back to the top. Really simple but still kind of intense gameplay and it's one where even when I do poorly, I enjoy it a lot.
I adore Escape Room type games, and decided to include this one since these are on the smaller side compared to most others.
Theme: Depends on which you choose as the theme usually revolves around locations and story events. But they are usually adventure-y.
Mechanics: Puzzle; Real Time; Cooperative Play
Why I Like It: I just love when games give me puzzles and only give me a certain amount of time to solve them. I like that these do a lot with only a bunch of cards and sometimes have very complex puzzles! They also split things off into 4 decks which make it easy for 4 players to split off and each work on something, which is definitely nice.
Hey! I remember this game from this post AND this post! I usually refer to the deluxe version when talking about this game, but this time I'm just mentioning the regular version cause it's much smaller.
Theme: Nah, no theme here
Mechanics: Dice Rolling; Roll and Write
Why I Like It: I just like that it's simple and you can teach it quickly to newbies, or get right into a game with anyone who has played before. There's definitely strategy in when to take your numbers or pass and hope for a better roll, but I still like the luck element because everyone can suffer from bad rolls. Plus, it's colorful!