Quick Takes: 1+ player 20-40 minutes Ages 12+ Level 1 (easy to set up and play, but you can ramp up the difficulty if you want more challenge!)
You're going to have to save the world all by yourself. Like Die Hard, but with aliens!
Under Falling Skies is a one-player board game with a multi-mission campaign. (In a campaign style game, your actions and outcomes in earlier missions affect later missions. The game has memory.) You take charge of an underground base, trying to stop the alien invasion. In each mission, you defend a different besieged city. The game is played by placing dice. Your actions affect the aliens as well - when you choose an action, you also choose which alien ships descend. Bigger numbers on the dice give you better effects, but they also mean that the ships descend faster.
To win, you must expand your underground base to allow you to take more and more powerful actions. You can shoot down enemy ships, deploy robots to increase your workforce, or work on your research - keep a close eye on your energy supply. You must complete your missions before the mothership descends and the base is destroyed!
If you're looking to try a campaign-style game, this is a great game to try! You might also like CloudAge.
- Solo game (or a game for a team of two)
- Campaign game (where actions in a previous round affect future rounds) but with replayability!
- Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Winner - 2020