Game Mechanics

A game mechanic refers to a specific element or type of game play. A mechanic could be specific like “card drafting” or broad like the fact that a game uses cards or dice. In war games like Risk or Axis & Allies, a game mechanic might be how two people resolve who wins a battle … dice rolling in this case.

If you love the game Carcassonne, you might be interested in other games that involve “tile placement”. Perhaps you’ve played your first “Cooperative” game and you want to find out what other games use that type of mechanic. Have fun exploring these various mechanics.

List of Game Mechanics

  • Acting (17)
  • Action Point Allowance System (229)
  • Action Programming (20)
  • App Required (3)
  • Area Control/Influence (97)
  • Area Enclosure (28)
  • Area Movement (203)
  • Area/Territory Control (359)
  • Asymmetrical Player Powers (2)
  • Auction/Bidding (185)
  • Basic Role-Playing (3)
  • Battle Card Driven (18)
  • Betting/Wagering (51)
  • Bluffing (177)
  • buildin (0)
  • Campaign (46)
  • Card Building (2)
  • Card Drafting (468)
  • Card Driven (9)
  • Character Progression (1)
  • Chit-pull system (4)
  • Circuit Building (1)
  • City Building (87)
  • Combat Results Tables (1)
  • Command Cards (12)
  • Commodity Speculation (23)
  • Companion App (1)
  • Concentration (1)
  • Cooperative (447)
  • Cooperative Play (38)
  • Coordinate System (1)
  • D20 (1)
  • Deck / Pool Building (91)
  • Deck Building (214)
  • Deck Construction (80)
  • Deduction (160)
  • Dexterity (55)
  • dice (0)
  • Dice Building (18)
  • Dice Pools (1)
  • Dice Rolling (887)
  • Drafting (6)
  • Drawing (6)
  • Dungeon Master (DM) (1)
  • Economic (2)
  • Economics (14)
  • Electronic (5)
  • Exploration (117)
  • fight (0)
  • Fighting (455)
  • Formation (1)
  • Grid Movement (124)
  • Guessing (9)
  • hand (0)
  • Hand Management (1,200)
  • Hex and Counter Movement (9)
  • Hex-and-counter (28)
  • Hidden Identity (2)
  • Hidden Movement (2)
  • Hidden Traitor (1)
  • Hot Potato (1)
  • Investigation (17)
  • Knowledge Testing (7)
  • Line Drawing (4)
  • Logic (2)
  • Matching (6)
  • Mathematics (9)
  • Maze (2)
  • Measuring (9)
  • Memory (73)
  • Modular Board (443)
  • Movement Programming (27)
  • Mystery (2)
  • Negotiation (67)
  • One vs Many (16)
  • Online Multiplayer (8)
  • Paper-and-Pencil (18)
  • Partnerships (158)
  • Pass and Play (21)
  • Pattern Building (66)
  • Pattern Recognition (28)
  • Pattern/Color Matching (4)
  • Pick-up and Deliver (83)
  • Piece Stacking (3)
  • Planning (2)
  • Player Elimination (67)
  • Point to Point Movement (106)
  • Press Your Luck (126)
  • Problem Solving (3)
  • Programming (1)
  • Puzzle (6)
  • Puzzle Solving (38)
  • Real Time (48)
  • Resource Management (41)
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors (15)
  • Role Playing (91)
  • Roll and Move (91)
  • Roll and Write (2)
  • Route/Network Building (129)
  • Scaleable Game Board (1)
  • Scenario-based (10)
  • Sculpting (1)
  • Secret Traitor (12)
  • Secret Unit Deployment (33)
  • Secret Unit Development (1)
  • Secret Victory Conditions (3)
  • Semi-Cooperative (8)
  • Set Collection (490)
  • Side-Switching (2)
  • simul (1)
  • Simulation (46)
  • Simultaneous Action Selection (170)
  • Singing (2)
  • Skill Checks (36)
  • Sliding Puzzle Pieces (3)
  • Solitaire Play (1)
  • Speed (3)
  • Spelling (1)
  • Spin and Move (1)
  • Stock Holding (2)
  • Storytelling (69)
  • Tabletop Play (37)
  • Tactile (1)
  • Take That (108)
  • Team Management (1)
  • Teams (2)
  • Terrain (18)
  • Territory Building (17)
  • Tile Drafting (2)
  • Tile Placement (321)
  • Time Track (11)
  • Trading (140)
  • Trick Taking (42)
  • Trivia (12)
  • Trump (0)
  • Variable Difficulty Levels (58)
  • Variable Phase Order (70)
  • Variable Player Goals (22)
  • Variable Player Order (2)
  • Variable Player Powers (870)
  • Variable Rules (2)
  • Variable Victory Conditions (3)
  • Voting (82)
  • Worker Placement (253)
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