Games Like Risk

Updated on June 24, 2020
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Ben has been a geek all of his life, and as such, his expertise tends to fall into gaming and technology.

Risk is a popular strategy board game of war and diplomacy that can be played by up to six players. One game of Risk can last from several hours up to several days, which is why the European version features secret missions to shorten the game.

Although very interesting, like any other game, it can become boring over time. If you are bored with playing Risk, but still want to play a similar war game, look no further. In this article, we will talk about the best alternatives to Risk.

Axis & Allies

The first game that we should mention is definitely Axis & Allies. It is unknown why this game is not as popular as Risk, since it is absolutely excellent. It was first published back in 1981, and there are 19 different editions so far. However, one of the best editions, according to many players around the world, is Axis & Allies Europe 1940s.

It was released in 2010 and has the best rating on Boardgamegeek, right after the original game. The anniversary edition is pretty expensive (over $600), so buying Europe 1940s is strongly recommended.

Imagine Risk, but with much more complex rules - that is Axis & Allies. However, it does not mean that it can not be played by casual gamers. Once you realize how the game works, you can enjoy the several hours of playing time that one game of Axis & Allies requires. If you think casual Risk is too simple and boring, this game is the best alternative. However, note that the setup of the game can take up to half an hour.


The second game that reminds us of Risk is Diplomacy. It was first released back in 1959, which is around the time Risk was released. The game is set just before the start of World War I, and it is a negotiation-based game. Since there are no dice in the game, no luck is involved, which is good. You have to focus all your skills on winning.

Basically, each turn starts with negotiation. Each player represents one of the main nations in the game, and most of the time is spent by forming and betraying alliances with other players.

It is all about starting or breaking a deal. In this game, you will see the true character of your friends. It is jokingly said that this game has ruined many friendships, so be aware!

Small World

This is another game that is very much based on Risk, but it has slightly different rules. At first, we should mention the actual quality of the game. When you buy it, you will receive many well-made little pieces, beautiful artwork, and a high-quality packing with practical trays to hold pieces.

The game is pretty simple and can last up to 90 minutes. Even if you have not played any similar games before, you will learn the rules quickly. We should mention that, although it is simple, it can still be enjoyed by hard-core strategy fans.

It does not have as much luck involved as Risk does, and, instead of one map, the game can be played on up to four maps. It all depends on how many players play the game. There is also one more interesting difference compared to Risk. Instead of choosing the army of a different color, you have to select a race. You can choose between wizards, trolls, elves, and so on.

An interesting thing is that all of them have their special abilities and power, so choosing the race directly affects your playing style. That is why the game is interesting to play all over again, just with a different race. Also, since there are flying units in the game, you do not always have to attack adjacent territories.

The game is very fun and simple, so even 10-year-olds can play it. Also, the strategy can go very deep, so it is also a great choice for experienced players.


If you like Risk, as well as games related to space and galaxies, then Eclipse is for you! What is the story of the game? Well, the story itself is very interesting.

It says that our galaxy was peaceful for many years. However, after some big war far in the future, the Galactic Council was formed to keep peace and prevent terrible events from happening again. The problem is, a tension between the seven major species and the council is growing. Therefore, conflict seems inevitable. Now, the question is - which fraction will be victorious and rule the galaxy?

In Eclipse, you control a huge interstellar civilization and compete with your rivals. You can explore new star systems and research different technologies in order to build great spaceships. There are many ways to win the game, which makes it interesting to play again many times. You have to plan your strategy according to the strengths and weaknesses of other species and build your way to the top.

The game can last more than two hours and can be played by up to six players. Also, the rules are a bit complex, so the game is not advised for children under the age of 14. If you are a fan of games with lots of thinking, tactics, and strategy, this one is the best choice for you!

To Sum It Up

There are many games that involve war and strategy. However, not all of them are worth your time, and not all of them are games like Risk. The ones that we presented you with are definitely the best of them all.

If you are a fan of Risk, you can not go wrong by playing any of these games. The best thing is that all of them can be played differently each time, making you want to play again right after finishing the game. If you can not decide which one is the best for you, then get them all! With these games, you will enjoy many exciting hours with your friends and relatives.

© 2020 Ben Martin


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