Two’s a company, three’s a crowd, and four’s a party!
Many board games are designed to be experienced with 4 players in mind. It allows for different characters and multiple strategies to be played all while being able to keep track of everyone.
So, whether you’re playing with your family or a group of friends, we’ve added all types of the best 4-player board games. From gateway games to a veteran group looking for a new adventurous challenge, you’re sure to find the perfect game for you. Let the games begin!
🏆Our Top Picks for Best 4-Player Board Games
In a hurry? Check out our favorites below.
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#1. Brass: Lancashire
Playing time: 60-120mins
Set in the Industrial Revolution, your cotton company must compete with ruthless competitors to ensure your place at the top.
Played over two phases, the canal and rail phase, players must juggle building industries and connections while selling resources to have enough finances to grow. Balancing building your industry with the loans you’ll need to take out can be tricky and will need some serious strategic skills.
Brass: Lancashire and Birmingham are top contenders when it comes to economic board games. It’s highly rated as one of the most replayable economic board games too. The board itself is also visually compelling and it includes 4 player mats making it one of the best 4-player board games!
Playing time: 90-115mins
A time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears, innovation, and valor.
If you’re a history buff, alternative history games can be so much fun. In Scythe, the scene is set in 1920s Europa. In a time of unrest after the brutality of the Great War, the state known simply as the ‘The Factory’ has fallen into disarray. You must lead your faction to victory by rebuilding while also protecting your territory from neighboring countries.
Scythe is a brilliant territory-building game in which each player represents a character from 1 of the 5 different factions. With much to do, like conquering territory, gaining resources and villagers as well as each player’s hidden objective card to complete, the game is very versatile as you immerse yourself into this 1920s steampunk world.
With no rounds or phases, Scythe uses a streamlined action-selection mechanism that keeps the game moving swiftly. It also gives a lot of freedom for players to control their own fate meaning there’s high replayability.
- A board game set in an alternate history 1920s period
- It is a time of farming and war, broken hearts and rusted gears,...
- 1 to 5 Players
#3. Power Grid
Playing time: 120mins
A German game at its heart, Power Grid is all about efficiency.
The objective of Power Grid is to supply the most cities with power. For connection rights, players must mark pre-existing routes to connect the cities as well as purchasing the power plants that supply the power.
Players can purchase a plant but with constantly developing technology, a newer more efficient plant may become available. You must decide when to purchase so you don’t let your competition get the upper hand.
It’s a constant struggle to maximize your efficiency while maintaining wealth to expand your routes. Brush up on your economic skills before you delve into a game of Power Grid.
Playing time: 90-120mins
During the Sengoku period in Japan, Daimyos, along with their fierce armies battle it out to unite the country under one banner. Will your samurai warriors win or is seppuku in your Daimyo’s future?
Shogun is a beautifully designed area control game. It seamlessly introduces many different mechanisms together with some good combat too. Shogun requires a lot of strategy where you must carefully choose which action to take in a certain province.
A delicate balance between taxing, combat, and building infrastructure is difficult to maintain. Especially when the order of your actions is determined by a randomized shuffling of cards. Players have to adapt their strategy throughout the game, keeping players on their toes.
#5. Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
Playing time: 30-50mins
The Isle of Skye is a beautiful land with luscious hills and sandy beaches, a place where you’d want to settle and put down some roots. Can you lead your clan and build your kingdom on the beautiful lands of the Isle of Skye?
Isle of Skye is a tile-placement game in which players strategize to build and keep their territory. While building up your island, you must also collect livestock for the clan as well as construct buildings. Each tile and collection gains points, with the richest player gets named King.
The game has a high replay value as tiles are given at random, so strategies have to be adjusted with each game. A plus, it’s got whiskey distilleries and highland cows, making it feel authentically Scottish.
Lang may yer lum reek as King.
Playing time: 100mins
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it felt like to be in control of a mighty Roman Empire, you’re in luck!
Concordia is a historical strategy game played in the lands of the Mediterranean Sea 2000 years ago. With peace and harmony within the empire, a land of laws, and a thriving economy, there’s nothing left to do but send colonists out to remote realms. Let them build your trade networks and settle in resourceful cities.
In Concordia, each player starts with the same set of cards, so everyone starts at the same level of play. Strategy is important from the get-go with extra cards added throughout the game, shifting players’ game direction.
Appease the Roman gods with your victory points and emerge victorious among your peasant friends!
Playing time: 45mins
Gather a team of four, and try to figure out how to save the world from four deadly diseases. All humankind is in your expert hands.
In Pandemic, players must cooperate to save humanity. Each player assumes the role of a specialist such as a scientist, medic, research specialist, etc. each with their own special sets of skills and attributes. Playing with 4 people means more specialists which adds a fun dynamic to group strategies. Travel to local communities and contain the spread. Fortunately, as each disease is cured, the game becomes easier, giving you and your team a glimmer of hope.
Pandemic is now considered a modern classic as it has a theme everyone can relate to, easy rules, and very high replayability. This game is a great investment to add to your game night.
#8. Terra Mystica
Playing time: 60-150mins
Take action and strategize, Terra Mystica is not a game based on luck.
Terra Mystica is a strategy-based game in which players control 1 of 14 factions and try to build structures and transform the landscape. With each faction comes a unique set of abilities, allowing for many possible games that keep it entertaining each time.
With beautifully designed artwork, players are immersed in the world of resource management, structures, and different races that will all come into play when you plan your next move. The rule book is quite dense so if you have Terra Mystica on your game shelf, you’re sure to be considered a ‘serious gamer’.
- Fun strategy game with a simple game principle and very little...
- Govern one of 14 factions trying to transform the landscape on...
- Large number of possible games keeps it entertaining every time
Playing time: 60mins
Team up, gear up, level up. Take ‘em down!
Zombicide is a collaborative game in which players take on the roles of survivors to try to outwit and outrun the undead.
In Zombicide, each player chooses a survivor, each with their own special set of skills. Survivors have to come together to face challenging scenarios. Zombicide is a great co-op game for 4 players as it allows for a lot of freedom for players to create their own terrifying adventures, and then try to escape them.
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- Challenging Scenarios - Players will face off against ten...
- Limitless Potential - With modular map tiles and all the zombies...
Playing time: 30-45mins
No, that’s not a typo, Cartographers can play up to 100 players. Although this is true, it’s a great game for you and 3 other board game enthusiasts.
Cartographers follows the tale of Queen Gimnax, who has ordered you to map the newly reclaimed Northern territory. By mapping out her most beloved lands, you can gain the Queen’s favor. But you are not alone in the woods, be wary of ambushes by goblins as you draw your lines very carefully.
In this unique grid-building game, players choose their terrain and draw it on their map sheet. At the end of each season, the scores are added up and the player with the highest reputation with Queen Gimnax is declared the winner.
Cartographers is a fun and challenging puzzle that allows a lot of flexibility with the number of players and location. If you have the base game, you can print playable sheets and play with friends worldwide!
- 30-45 minute competitive fantasy map-drawing game for 1-100...
- In Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale, players compete to get the...
- Each season, players draw on their map sheet and score against...
#11. Terraforming Mars
Playing time: 120mins
It’s the year 2400. Mars has been terraformed by humans and corporations are working to raise the temperature, oxygen, and ocean levels to make the planet habitable. Can your corporation advance human infrastructure throughout the solar system?
Terraforming Mars is a card drafting game in which players use unique project cards to terraform Mars. Projects include: mining Jupiter, introducing animals, and building infrastructure. It’s a collaboratively competitive game, meaning players will work together to terraform Mars but in the end, players are competing with other CEOs to build the ultimate Mars corporate empire!
Terraforming Mars is relatively simple to learn and has a good engine-building mechanic that offers loads of strategic decision-making. With clever tactics, you can make Mars the shining gem of your giant corporation.
- Compete for different milestones and awards worth many VPS
- Over 200 different projects to complete
- 1 to 5 players ages 12 and up
#12. Puerto Rico
Playing time: 90-150mins
Puerto Rico is a tableau-building game. Players take on the role of colonial governors in Puerto Rico. By gathering resources, building cities and plantations, players can gain victory points.
Players have their own board (tableau) with the cities and resources they own. Between all players are 3 ships and a trading house. Players fight to gain control of the shared resources.
If you and your friends are into economy and farm building, Puerto Rico is a good fit with so many different strategies to build your economy. A great game for 4 players as you have your own strategy and board, but with each turn, players take on minor role actions that interact with everyone else’s actions.
#13. Sheriff of Nottingham
Playing time: 60mins
You’re a hardworking merchant who seeks to smuggle illicit goods to the market but the mean old sheriff stands between you and your hard-earned money. Will you tell him the truth? Or rely on alternatives methods? If you thrive with bribing and bluffing, Sheriff of Nottingham is right up your alley.
To make a quick profit in the bustling city of Nottingham, players must convince the Sheriff to let them in by any means necessary. Of course, like with most bluffing games, hilarity ensues as players desperately try to reach riches.
Players take turns playing the Sheriff throughout the game, making it a great game for 4 players as it mixes things up with the merchant and Sheriff roles.
Will you sell legal goods or rely on contraband? Choose wisely and enjoy this humorous game.
- Updated Rules and Artwork
- Sneak Your Way Through
- Expansions Included
#14. Lords of Waterdeep
Playing time: 60-120mins
Waterdeep: the city of splendors, the gem of the Forgotten Realms. A hub of political intrigue cast over by shady dealings and dubious characters.
Set in the fantasy city of Waterdeep, a city apart of the Forgotten Realms campaign for Dungeons & Dragons, you assume the role of one of the masked Lords, the secret rulers of the city. With your many agents at hand, you send them on quests to gain control of the bountiful city of Waterdeep.
Lords of Waterdeep is an incredibly immersive game in which strategy and creativity are needed to gain influence and treasures. Through completing quests and building infrastructure, players gain victory points to win.
Don’t forget the Intrigue cards! When an Intrigue card is drawn a Lord’s personality and plans can be revealed as to whether they help or hinder their fellow Lords.
Lords of Waterdeep integrates the Dungeons & Dragons theme with card play but you needn’t be a D&D fan to enjoy this epic game!
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- Game play: 1 hour
#15. Stone Age
Playing time: 60-90mins
Forge your way through the early history of humankind in the Stone Age.
In the time of hunters and gathers, life was hard… that was until our ancestors starting making tools. With ‘new’ tools and medicinal plants, work becomes more effective and tribes can grow.
In Stone Age, players collect resources, grow their tribes, and trade with each other in this prehistoric worker-placement game. But with scarce resources, players have to strategize and compete for spaces on the board to collect the materials to grow their villages.
Playing time: 30-150mins
Channel your inner farmer and guide your family to health, wealth, and prosperity.
In Agricola (which is Latin for farmer), you live in a little wooden shack with your spouse and not much else. Throughout the course of the game, you can grow your family… but with each new family member, you need to have enough food. Will you have kids to get more work done? Can you keep them fed?
In this turn-based game, players draw improvement cards to determine play. The challenge of Agricola is that you can only do two actions per turn. This is where your strategy skills come in. With many options like building fences, harvesting, or collecting clay and other resources, players must decide what is the most important work to get done.
#17. Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game
Playing time: 60-120mins
Survive the winter, survive the dead, survive each other.
Dead of Winter starts off in a weakened colony where most of humanity has been overrun by diseased, flesh-craving zombies. Surviving the undead is the top priority and can only be done if everyone pulls together.
Dead of Winter is a semi-cooperative game in which everyone must come together to be victorious, yet each individual survivor has to complete their own personal objective. Secret objectives array from a harmless psychological tic to dangerous obsessions or vengeance that risk the whole colony.
Dead of Winter brings lots of different characters, all struggling with deep psychological issues… what could go wrong? Each game can end differently with everyone winning or some losing or everyone being a zombie’s next meal.
#18. Ticket to Ride
Playing time: 30-60mins
Get on board or miss out on this cross-country adventure!
Ticket to Ride is a networking-style board game in which players try to connect cities and spread their train routes country-wide. With easy to explain rules and a simple board, the game is simple for all levels to pick up quickly.
When played with 4 players, Ticket to Ride can keep tensions high and leave enough space for competitive players to strategize against one another. Connect your rails and become the Vanderbilt of your game!
Ticket To Ride also has many different expansions where players can explore places like Japan, Europe, and Africa, making it a great starter game investment.
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- 2 to 5 Players
- -Easy-to-learn, vastly replayable!
#19. Small World
Playing time: 40-80mins
With orcs, dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, and humans, the world is just too small for everyone to get along. Races must compete for a land to call their own.
Small World is an area-control board game in which different races must fight it out to gain and control land. With fourteen different character races and twenty different specialty powers, the aim of the game is to have the correct combination to be able to expand your empire. Defeat the weaker races and send them ‘into decline’. Points are tallied and the fight for victory is won by the superior strategist.
The beauty of this game is that it’s very simple to learn yet the strategy you can apply to it is diverse. This unique combination makes it a great gateway game but keeps advanced players on their toes too.
#20. Eldritch Horror
laying time: 120-240mins
An ancient evil is stirring and across the globe, a team of unlikely heroes must come together to stop the gathering darkness.
Inspired by the immensely popular game, Arkham Horror, Eldritch Horror is a cooperative board game packed with adventure and mystery. Eldritch Horror includes 4 Ancient Ones, 12 investigators, and numerous monsters. With so many options, the encounters are endless.
This story-driven adventure game has many unique Other Worlds to travel to and mysteries that immerse you into this world of horror and madness. As you come together as a team to defeat the unspeakable horrors, your character questions their sanity, and terrible things can happen, all adding to the thrill of the game.
Although it can be played with up to 8 players, Eldritch Horror is best played with 4. Players can easily keep track of the game while still having enough characters to keep the game interesting.
Take Lovecraft global with this epic adventure game!
- Inspired by the best-selling board game, Arkham Horror
- A fully cooperative game for up to eight players that also...
- A fast-paced, deeply thematic, story-driven adventure game
We hope you enjoyed our choices for best 4-player board games! Did we miss any of your favorites? Have you tried any on the list? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think!