Best 4 Player Board Games (Medium-High Complexity)
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Best 4 Player Board Games (Medium-High Complexity)

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Looking for a 4-player strategy game that is deep and filled with tough and satisfying decisions? Here are our recommendations.

⭐️ Top Picks

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

Agricola

🟢 Ryan’s #1 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #2 All-Time

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Release Year: 2007 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  1-4* Players

  ⏰  60-150 min

  💸 ~$60

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*6 Players with 5-6 Player Expansion

Summary: Strategically build out a well-balanced farm by gathering resources, playing occupation and improvement cards, and growing your family; all while keeping enough food on the table.

You Might Like If… you enjoy tight games of resources management where you are constantly adapting to execute your strategy more efficiently, and want a game that has a ton of depth and replay value due to the randomized hands of card abilities that are dealt at the beginning of each game.

Terraforming Mars

🟢 Ryan’s #2 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #4 All-Time

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Release Year: 2016 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  2-6 Players

  ⏰  120-150 min

  💸 ~$60

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Summary: Compete with rival corporations as you try to contribute the most to efforts to make Mars habitable through strategic card play and engine-building.

You Might Like If… you enjoy building up a powerful engine through a variety of card effects and combos, and are looking for a game with lots of strategic and tactical options that will play out differently every time.

Dune: Imperium

🟢 Ryan’s #6 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #34 All-Time

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Release Year: 2020 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  1-4 Players

  ⏰  60-120 min

  💸 ~$55

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Summary: Strategically take actions with your agents to optimize your card effects, build your own custom deck, and position yourself in battles in the Dune universe.

You Might Like If… you enjoy worker placement and deck-building and want a game that combines them in a novel way that leads to constant interesting decisions and player interaction within a thematic sandbox with tons of flavor from the Dune books/movies.

Eldritch Horror

🟢 Ryan’s #10 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #5 All-Time

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Release Year: 2013 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  1-8 Players

  ⏰  120-240 min

  💸 ~$60

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Summary: Adventure around the globe collecting clues, solving mysteries, and doing everything you can to stop the awakening of a Lovecraftian Ancient One.

You Might Like If… enjoy lots of die-rolling and light role-playing elements, and you want an epic and thematic cooperative game that is capable of generating a wide range of moments with no two games feeling the same.

Great Western Trail

🟢 Ryan’s #4 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #17 All-Time

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Release Year: 2021 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  1-4 Players

  ⏰  90-150 min

  💸 ~$55

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Summary: Wrangle your herd of cows across the Midwest prairie and deliver it to Kansas City as you upgrade your efficiency and increase your potential to reach more distant and lucrative delivery cities.

You Might Like If… you enjoy games with a lot of interconnected mechanisms without the options on an individual turn feeling overwhelming, and want something that feels fresh with its unique game loop where players control the pace of how quickly they try to reach Kansas City each time.

Lorenzo il Magnifico

🟢 Ryan’s #3 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #11 All-Time

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Release Year: 2016 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  2-5 Players

  ⏰  75-150 min

  💸 ~$80

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Summary: Avoid excommunication and lead your family to power during the Italian Renaissance by building up a powerful engine of production and commerce.

You Might Like If… you enjoy engine-building and worker placement games and want one that feels very tight while still giving you a strong sense of progression and power, especially with the Houses of Renaissance expansion that is now included in the Second Edition of the game (shown above).

Brass Birmingham

🟢 Ryan’s #14 All-Time 🔴 Daniel’s #28 All-Time

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Release Year: 2018 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  2-4 Players

  ⏰  90-150 min

  💸 ~$60

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Summary: Build networks, grow industries, and navigate the world of the Industrial Revolution.

You Might Like If… you enjoy games with a lot of emergent strategy where the board state evolves in interesting ways, and want an economic network-building game that rewards repeated plays to explore its depth of strategy.

👍 Honorable Mentions

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

Scythe

🔴 Daniel’s #35 All-Time

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Release Year: 2016 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  1-5 Players

  ⏰  90-150 min

  💸 ~$70

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Summary: Vie for dominance in a war-torn, mech-filled alternate history of 1920s Europe by upgrading your actions and expanding on the map.

You Might Like If… you enjoy games with that are a hybrid of strategic building and direct player conflict, and are looking for a game with asymmetrical player powers and great table presentation.

Troyes

🟢 Ryan’s #11 All-Time

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Release Year: 2010 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  1-4 Players

  ⏰  60-90 min

  💸 ~$55

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Summary: Defend the city and rise to power by influencing the merchants, knights, and clergy represented by dice that you can use to activate powerful abilities.

You Might Like If… you enjoy games with clever mechanisms and tight resource management and want something that feels fresh game after game due to the randomized activity cards that drive the combos in the game.

Star Wars: Imperial Assault

🔴 Daniel’s #8 All-Time

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Release Year: 2014 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  1-5 Players

  ⏰  90-120 min

  💸 ~$90

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Summary: Pit one Imperial player against a team of Rebel players over a campaign of tactical combat set in the Star Wars universe.

You Might Like If… you enjoy the Star Wars theme and tactical combat on a map, and are looking for a one-versus-many campaign game that you can play with a consistent group.

Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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Release Year: 2020 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  1-4 Players

  ⏰  60-120 min

  💸 ~$40

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Summary: Cooperatively vanquish monsters with strategic cardplay across a 25-scenario campaign.

You Might Like If… you enjoy dungeon-crawling games, prefer less luck, and have a consistent group for a campaign, and want a game with interesting hand management, character upgrades, and tactical cardplay.

 👀 Worth a Look

Games we haven’t tried yet ourselves, but we believe could be a good choice in this category.

Kemet: Blood and Sand

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Release Year: 2021 Complexity: Medium-High

  👥  2-5 Players

  ⏰  90-120 min

  💸 ~$80

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Summary: Play as warring Egyptian Gods, building and upgrading the most powerful army to dominate Egypt.

You Might Like If… you enjoy games of direct conflict and war, and are looking for a game with lots of action and the ability to gain upgrades that differentiate you from other players.

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