Games for 3 Players

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I have 4 kids in my game group but if one gets sick, I always look for games that play best with 3 people. A lot of the following games can be played with four people but you get the best experience playing with three.

Magic Labyrinth (my kids are slowly growing out of this one but it is an awesome game)
The Magic labyrinth

 

 

 

 

Near and Far (2-4, best 3 players, 60-120 min)
near and far

Above and Below (2-4 players, best with 3, 90 min)

Photosynthesis (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 – 60 min)

Welcome to the Dungeon (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 min)
welcome to the dungeon

Splendor (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 min)
Splendor

Biblios (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 min)
biblios

Karuba (2-4 players, best with 4, 30 -40 min)
karuba

Dominion (30 min)
dominion

San Juan (2-4 players, best with 3, 45 – 60 min)
san juan

Lords of WaterDeep (2-5 players, best with 3 or 4, 60 – 120 min)
lords of waterdeep

Samurai (30-60 min)
samurai

Love Letter (2-4 players, 20 min)
Love Letter

Lanterns Festival (2-4 players, 30 min)
lanterns

Kodama (2-5 players, best with 3 players, 40 min)
kodama

Tales Of The Arabian Nights (2-4 players, best with 3 players, 120 min)
tales of arabian nights

Elfenroads (3-5 players, best with 4, 45 – 90 min)
elfenroads

Johari (2-4 players, 60-90 min)
johari

Kanagawa (2-4 players, best with 4, 45 min)
kanagawa

Peloponnes Card Game (2-5 players, 25-40 min)
peloponnes

El Dorado (2-4 players, 30-60 min)
el dorado

Port Royal (2-5, best 3-4 players, 20-50 min)
port royal

Century Spice Road (2-5, best 3-4 players, 30-45 min)
century spice road

Century Golem (2-5, best 3-4 players, 30-45 min)

Dragonwood (2- 4 players, best with 3, 20 min)
dragonwood

Hey That’s My Fish  (20 min)
hey thats my fish

Beasty Bar (20-30 min)
beasty bar

Tokaido (2-5 players, 45 min)
tokaido

Small World (3-5 players, best with 4, 40-80 min)
small world

Citadels (some people recommend it for 3 players, we have not tried it yet)–new, cheaper version here.
citadels

Istanbul (40-60 min)
Istanbul

Gubs (20-30 min)
gubs

Oh My Goods (30 min) with its extension Oh My Goods: Longsdale in Revolt
oh my goods

Five Tribes (2-4 players, 40 – 80 min)
five tribes

Legends of Andor (1-4, best with 4 players, 60-90 min)
legends of andor

Rat-A-Tat-Cat  (2-6 players, best with 4, 10-15 min)

rat a tat cat

Qwirkle
quirkle

Jamaica (3-6 players, best with 6, 30-60 min)
jamaica

Ticket to Ride (30-60 min)
Ticket to ride

Catan (3-4 players, best with 4, 60-120 min)
settlersofcatan

 Carcassonne (2-5 players, best with 2, 30-45 min)
Carcassonne castle

Carcassonne: Hunters And Gatherers
carcassone hunters and gatherers

Zooloretto (3-5 players, best with 4, 45 min)
Zooloretto

Lost Cities (30-60 min)
Lost cities

Chateau Roquefort or under the title we own it: Burg Appenzell (2-4 players, 30 min)
Chateau Roquefort

Rummikub (60 min)
rummikub

Machi Koro (2-4, best with 4 players, 30 min)
machi Koro

Istanbul (2-5 players, best with 4, 40-60 min)
Istanbul

Imhotep (2-4 players, 40 min)
imhotep

Hanabi (2-5 players, 30 min, co-op)
Hanabi

Sushi Go! (2-5 players, best with 4, 15 min)
sushi go

Guillotine (2-5 players, best with 4, 30 min)
Guillotine

Five Crowns (3-7 players, best with 4, 30 min)
five crowns

 The Wizard  (3-6 players, best 4-5, 45 min)
wizard

Azul (2-4, best with 2 players, 30-45 min)

azul

Stone Age (2-4 players, best with 4, 60-90 min)
stone age

Survive (2-4 players, best with 4, 45-60 min)–although I have had a problem with 2 girls ganging up on one so it was not ideal.
survive

 Battle Sheep (2-4 players, best with 4, 15 min)
battle sheep

Terra Mystica (2-5, best with 4 bcs of more interaction, 30 min per player, so about 90 min for 3 players)
terra mystica

Scythe (1-5 players, best with 4, 90-120 min)
scythe game

 Castles of Mad King Ludwig (2-4 players, best with 4, 90 min)
castles of mad ludwig

New York 1901 (2-4 players, best with 4, 30-60 min)

Near and Far (2-4, best 3 players, 60-120 min)
near and far

Decrypto (4-8 players, best with 4, 6, 15 – 45 min)

Above and Below (2-4 players, best with 3, 90 min)

Photosynthesis (2-4 players, best with 3, 30 -60 min)

Samurai Spirit (1-7 players, 30 minutes)

Eight-minute Empire Legends (1-4 players, best with 4, 18 – 32 min)

Mint Works (1 – 4 players, no difference, plays well with all numbers, 10-20 min)

Timeline Diversity (2-8 players, best with 4 players, 15 min)

Werewords (4-10 players, best with 6 – 7 players, 10 min)

Latice (2 – 4 players, 10-30 min)

 

On My Wish list:

Alhambra (2-5 players, best with 3, 45-60 min) or you can get a big box with all the extensions on Amazon here. After watching a few videos, I would go for the big box with all expansions. The best expansion is #2 but it is not available separately anymore. You will get all expansions in the Big Box.
alhambra

Takenoko (2-4 players, best with 3, 45 min)
takenoko

Santa Maria (1-4 players, best with 3, 45-90 min)
santa maria

Rise of Augustus (2-6 players, best with 3-4, 30 min)

rise of augustus

Pulsar 2849 (2-4 players, best with 4, 60-90 min)
pulsar

Descent Journeys in the Dark (2-5 players, best with 5, 120 min)
descent

Roll for the Galaxy (2-5, best 3-4 players, 45 min)
roll for the galaxy

Age 14 and up

Mage Knight (1-3 players, best 1-2, 150 min)
mage knight

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