Top 15 "Next Step" Board Games with the Game Boy Geek

The Game Boy Geek's top 15 “Next Step” board games! This is a follow up to Dan King's recent video “Top 15 Games to Start a Collection With”. These are the games he thinks are the best ones after you’ve played some of the ones from that other video.

Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2020

1) Skull King
Skull King
Skull King is a trick-taking game similar to 'Oh Hell!', 'Wizard', 'Eucher' and 'Spades', with players needing to state how many tricks they think they'll win each round. A unique element of this game is that bidding takes place simultaneously, leading to rounds that are sometimes over, or under-bid. As players must win the exact number of tricks that they bid to earn points, winning too many tricks is just as bad as winning too few and this leads to intense competition where losing a trick can be as exciting as winning one. Skull King uses a 66-card deck that consists ...

2) Gizmos
Gather energy marbles to build gizmos parts and trigger chain reactions and combos. ...

3) Gunkimono
In war-torn feudal Japan, the soldiers are restless. The endless battles, betrayals, and broken promises have the soldiers questioning where their loyalties lie. Meanwhile, the daimyo are strategizing, marshaling their troops, and erecting strongholds to bolster the strength of their armies, all in pursuit of honor and ultimate victory. In Gunkimono, players take on the roles of these daimyo, plotting their military advances across the countryside. Each new squad of troops yields victory points, but you may decide to forgo these points and save up for your stronghold instead. All the while, you need to keep an eye on your opponents ...

4) 7 Wonders Duel
7 Wonders Duel
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Science? Military? What will you draft to win this head-to-head version of 7 Wonders? ...

5) Bärenpark
Build a bear park on personal boards by carefully placing polyominoes. ...

6) Cinque Terre
Cinque Terre
Pick and deliver the best produce to a grateful populace. ...

7) Dragon Castle
Dragon Castle
Draft Mahjong-like tiles and place them carefully to create the best castle. ...

8) Sleuth
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Question and observe. It's up to you to find the missing gem. ...

9) Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
Create beautiful windows with coloured glass more efficiently than anyone else. ...

10) Sagrada
Draft dice and use the tools-of-the-trade in Sagrada to carefully construct your stained glass window masterpiece. In more detail, each player builds a stained glass window by building up a grid of dice on their player board. Each board has some restrictions on which color or shade (value) of die can be placed there. Dice of the same shade or color may never be placed next to each other. Dice are drafted in player order, with the start player rotating each round, snaking back around after the last player drafts two dice. Scoring is variable per game based on achieving various ...

11) Space Base
Space Base
Amass spaceships for your fleet as you roll your way to domination. ...

12) Kanagawa
1840: In Kanagawa, the great bay of Tokyo, the Master Hokusai decided to open a painting school to share his art with his disciples. You are one of these disciples, and more than anything, you want to prove yourself worthy of the “crazy, old artist”. Follow his teachings to expand your studio and paint your preferred subjects (Trees, Animals, Characters, Buildings), all while paying attention to the changing of the seasons in order to make the most harmonious print… the one that will become the work of your lifetime! ...

13) Splendor
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Renaissance merchants race to grab gems, acquire property, and please nobility. ...

14) Favor of the Pharaoh
Favor of the Pharaoh
Use influence (dice) to gain more influence, special powers, and the Pharaoh's favor. ...

15) Fabled Fruit
Fabled Fruit
Collect fruit and craft delicious juices while your action options change and shift. ...

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