With roughly 1000 plays of over 150 different Reiner Knizia board games, Nick and Scott are ready to unleash their Ultimate Reiner Knizia Ranked Tier List! This list is split up into a 4-part YouTube series where we rank and discuss each game in depth. Check out each episode below!

If you scroll down far enough, then BEWARE OF SPOILERS. At the bottom of this post you will find the image and written spread of our tier list. 

Here is a link to the Tiermaker list itself where you can rank and share all of the Knizia games you’ve played!

If you’re a fan of any of Reiner Knizia’s games, then you should join the Reiner Knizia Enthusiasts Discord Server where we chat all things Knizia Games!

Finally, this list was created in celebration of our current Kickstarter project featuring two new Reiner Knizia games, Cascadero and Cascadito, as well as the reprint of his critically acclaimed Zoo Vadis. Be sure to check out the project before it ends on November 2. Thanks for your support!

Watch the Video Series (Click the image to watch the Youtube video):

SPOILERS: Full Tier List Below….

The full tier list (in the order pictured):

GOLD-Tier (Greatest of the Only Living Doctor):

  • The Quest for El Dorado
  • Tigris & Euphrates
  • Yellow & Yangtze
  • Ra
  • Through the Desert
  • Zoo Vadis
  • High Society
  • Schotten Totten / Battle Line

S-Tier (The Best)

  • Babylonia
  • Cascadero
  • Municipium
  • Samurai
  • My City
  • Mille Fiori
  • Mille Fiori: The Masterpieces (expansion)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation
  • Orongo
  • The Quest for El Dorado: Dangers and Muisca (expansion)
  • Taj Mahal

A-Tier (Amazing. Absolutely. Always.)

  • Lost Cities
  • L.A.M.A. Party Edition
  • Hot Lead
  • Blue Moon Legends
  • Beowulf: The Legend
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Botswana / Wildlife Safari
  • Chartae
  • Colossal Arena / Equinox
  • For One: Galaktix
  • For One: Kniffel
  • For One: Number Up
  • For One: Schwarze Rosen
  • Gang of Dice
  • Modern Art
  • My Island
  • Royal Visit
  • Stephenson’s Rocket
  • Tatari
  • Winner’s Circle
  • Viking See-Saw
  • Zamek / Carcassonne: The Castle
  • MLEM: Space Agency (not played, this is a prediction)

B-Tier (Super Solid, Hidden Gems, Surprisingly Great)

  • Whale Riders
  • Schotten Totten 2
  • Quo Vadis?
  • Qin
  • Palazzo
  • Cascadito
  • Cat Blues
  • Amun-Re: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • My City: Roll & Build
  • Rapido / Excape
  • Heckmeck am Karteneck
  • Axio
  • Ingenious
  • Karate Tomate
  • Art Robbery
  • Circus Flohcati
  • Genesis
  • Pan Tu Nie Stal!
  • Heckmeck Deluxe / Pickomino Deluxe
  • Silver Screen
  • Nightmare Productions / Hollywood Blockbuster / Dream Factory
  • Pumafiosi
  • Soda Smugglers
  • Kingdoms
  • King’s Road
  • L.A.M.A. Dice / Don’t LLAMA Dice
  • Medici: The Card Game
  • Medici
  • Ninja Master
  • Pollen
  • Prosperity
  • Sunrise Lane
  • San Francisco
  • The Siege of Runedar
  • Tajuto
  • Treasures of Nakbe
  • Havalandi (this was a prediction at the time of recording, but now Nick has played it twice and ranks it as “at least B-tier, possibly higher, need more plays”)

C-Tier (Reliable Reiner. Good games. We’d rather play these than much of the industry hotness.  Worth a try, at least for Knizia fans)

  • The Quest for El Dorado: Dragons & Treasures (not played, this is a prediction)
  • Wiener Walzer
  • Rheinlander
  • The Quest for El Dorado: Heroes & Hexes
  • The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples
  • Kariba
  • Africa
  • LAMA / Don’t LLAMA Card Game
  • Indigo
  • Whale Riders: The Card Game / Trendy
  • Foodie Forest
  • Marshmallow Test
  • Odd Socks
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Aristocracy
  • Blue Moon City
  • Amun-Re: The Card Game
  • Cheeky Monkey
  • No Mercy!
  • Classic Art
  • Das Letzte Paradies
  • Dice Monsters
  • En Garde / Duell
  • Tower of Babel
  • Space Worm
  • Forbidden City
  • Sumatra
  • Great Wall of China
  • High Score
  • Ilium
  • Into the Blue
  • Longboard
  • Keltis: Der Weg der Steine Mitbringspiel
  • Lost Cities: The Board Game
  • Medici: The Dice Game
  • Lost Cities: Roll & Write
  • Medici vs Strozzi
  • Merchants of Amsterdam
  • Minotaur Lords
  • Scarab Lords
  • Money
  • Penguin Party
  • Poison
  • Ra: The Dice Game
  • Rondo
  • Spectacular
  • Strozzi
  • Knights of Charlemagne / Tabula Rasa
  • Tutankhamun
  • At the Office (not played, this is a prediction)

D(cent)-Tier (Sub-par for Knizia… It’s fine… I mean, I’ll still play it if you insist)

  • Pick a Pen: Tuinen
  • Pick a Pen: Riffen
  • Pick a Pen: Crypten
  • Euphrates & Tigris: Contest of Kings
  • Age of War
  • Criss Cross
  • Reiner Knizia’s Decathlon
  • Dragon Land
  • Family Inc.
  • FITS
  • Galaxy Cat Extension
  • It’s Mine! / SWAT
  • Ivanhoe
  • Loot
  • Looting London
  • Lost Cities: Rivals
  • Modern Art: The Card Game
  • Ohio
  • Res Publica
  • Star Trek: Expeditions
  • Sushizock im Gockelwok / Sushi Bar
  • Turtle Mania
  • Yangtze
  • Yoku Gamı
  • Witchstone

F-Tier (Nah, I’m good)

  • Cat Ass Trophy / Zero Down
  • Pan Tu Nie Stal! Demoludy
  • Sudoku Challenge
  • Zombie Mania
  • Vampire

What are your favorite Knizia games? How would your tier list be different from ours? Share below!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Marc

    You guys have to play Clash of the Gladiators!

  2. Scott

    Onto the To Play list it goes!

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