Best 3 Player Board Games (Low-Medium Complexity)
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Best 3 Player Board Games (Low-Medium Complexity)

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Looking for a 3-player game that is accessible and light on rules but still has meaningful strategy? Here are our recommendations.

⭐️ Top Picks

Our top recommendations in this category, and games that we personally own to fill this niche.

Ticket to Ride

🟢 Ryan’s #35 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #29 All-Time

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Release Year: 2004 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  2-5 Players

  ⏰  30-60 min

  💸 ~$45

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Summary: Collect cards to build your railroad across the United States, connecting cities to complete your destination tickets.

You Might Like If… you enjoy collecting cards to play sets and want a game that is a proven modern classic with a great balance of player interaction and easy-going gameplay with room for experienced players to enjoy pushing their luck.

The Quacks of Quedlinburg

🟢 Ryan’s #29 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #20 All-Time

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Release Year: 2018 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  2-4* Players

  ⏰  45-60 min

  💸 ~$50

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* 5 players with the Herb Witches expansion

Summary: Strategically buy and then randomly pull ingredients from your bag to build the best potion, but be careful to stop before it explodes!

You Might Like If… you love the excitement of pushing-your-luck, enjoy the strategic customization that comes from deck or bag building games, and want a game that is accessible enough to teach to most people.

Marvel United

🟢 Ryan’s #19 All-Time

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Release Year: 2020 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  1-4 Players

  ⏰  20-40 min

  💸 ~$20

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Summary: Cooperate as Marvel superheroes to stop the villains’ master plans!

You Might Like If… you enjoy working as a team and the Marvel theme, and want a quick and easy cooperative game that still has a nice amount of variety and depth, especially if you pick up the X-men set or other expansions for additional content.

Horrified

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Release Year: 2019 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  1-5 Players

  ⏰  60 min

  💸 ~$35

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Summary: Work as a team to try to stop the classic movie monsters that are terrorizing the town.

You Might Like If… you enjoy cooperative games and want an accessible one with a fun theme that has nice replay value since you use a random combination of monsters in each game.

That’s Pretty Clever!

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Release Year: 2018 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  1-4 Players

  ⏰  30-45 min

  💸 ~$20

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Summary: Draft dice to mark spaces on your scoresheet, comboing your way to a high score.

You Might Like If… you enjoy working on your own puzzle and want a game with tons of exciting combos and bonus actions and a dice-drafting mechanism that produces a lot of interesting decisions.

Cartographers

🟢 Ryan’s #33 All-Time

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Release Year: 2019 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  1-100 Players

  ⏰  30-60 min

  💸 ~$25

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Summary: Fit shapes of various terrains into your map, doing your best to fill in space efficiently while also meeting the scoring conditions for that game.

You Might Like If… you enjoy spatial puzzles (think Tetris) and want a game that plays great across a broad range of players with a nice amount of variety from game to game with randomized objectives.

Cascadia

🔴 Daniel’s #23 All-Time

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Release Year: 2021 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  1-4 Players

  ⏰  30-45 min

  💸 ~$35

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Summary: Create the most harmonious ecosystem as you puzzle together habitats and wildlife.

You Might Like If… you enjoy spatial puzzles and want an easy-to-teach game that has a really accessible theme while having plenty of interesting decisions as you choose which combination of habitat tile and wildlife token to take each turn.

Fantasy Realms

🟢 Ryan’s #45 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #39 All-Time

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Release Year: 2017 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  2-6 Players

  ⏰  20 min

  💸 ~$20

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Summary: Build the greatest fantasy kingdom by constructing the best hand of seven cards.

You Might Like If… you enjoy games with card combos and interactions like Magic: The Gathering or Dominion, and are looking for a quick and easy-to-teach game that works well across a wide range of player counts.

Las Vegas Royale

🟢 Ryan’s #39 All-Time

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Release Year: 2019 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  2-5 Players

  ⏰  45-60 min

  💸 ~$50

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Summary: Roll and place dice as you try to win the payouts from various casinos. The “Royale” version of this classic game adds some new twists and variability with casino abilities.

You Might Like If… you enjoy rolling dice and want an interactive game with a lot of excitement and laughter as players fight over control of the different casinos. Has the flexibility to keep really simple with the base rules or spice things up with the “Royale” casino abilities.

👍 Honorable Mentions

Games that missed being top picks, but that we still think are great choices for a lot of people.

Splendor

🔴 Daniel’s #47 All-Time

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Release Year: 2014 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  2-4 Players

  ⏰  30 min

  💸 ~$35

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Summary: Race as Renaissance merchants to grab gems and use them to acquire property and please nobility.

You Might Like If… you enjoy games with a sense of progression and want a quick and easy-to-teach option that has players racing to a final point total.

Welcome to the Moon

🟢 Ryan’s #47 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #45 All-Time

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Release Year: 2021 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  1-6 Players

  ⏰  30-60 min

  💸 ~$40

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Summary: Strategically place numbers and activate abilities across eight unique boards in this flip-and-write game that has you traveling from earth to the moon.

You Might Like If… you enjoy working on your own puzzle and trying to plan ahead and want a game that has a variety of maps with different twists to keep the game fresh. Also includes a campaign mode if you can consistently gather the same group.

Tiny Towns

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Release Year: 2019 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  1-6 Players

  ⏰  45-60 min

  💸 ~$40

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Summary: Plan well as you puzzle each round’s selected resource into your grid, trying to create patterns to construct buildings.

You Might Like If… you enjoy puzzle games that require careful planning and want a game that is easy to teach, covers a wide player range, and has almost no downtime since everyone places a resource on every player’s turn.

Spots

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Release Year: 2022 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  2-4 Players

  ⏰  20-30 min

  💸 ~$25

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Summary: Perform different tricks to place dice on adorable dog cards as you push your luck and race to complete six dogs first.

You Might Like If… you enjoy rolling dice and want an accessible game with a fun theme that has exciting moments and nice variety due to the randomized trick abilities used in each game.

The Quest for El Dorado

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Release Year: 2017 Complexity: Low-Medium

  👥  2-4 Players

  ⏰  30-60 min

  💸 ~$40

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Summary: Build your deck to race through the South American jungle and reach the legendary city of gold first.

You Might Like If… you enjoy deck-building games and like the idea of racing across a modular map while customizing your strategy along the way.

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