Travel-sized Games You Can Play on Your Coffee Table

Sometimes size matters when it comes to a game’s footprint: playing out at a restaurant/bar/cafe, limited luggage space when packing for vacation, playing with younger kiddos who get distracted by lots of pieces, only having a small coffee table at home to use for game space… Which games make your list in these situations?

The focus of my list is games with a small footprint that span various age groups and can be played in 45 minutes or less. The games on this list do not take up much table space and come in small boxes or can be placed into a smaller bag/box if the retail box has a lot of air space in it. Of course, there is the entire Tiny Epic series of games, which are great (Galaxies is my favorite so far), but what other games make the cut?

25 Travel-sized Games in order of designer/publisher minimum recommended age:
(my favorites are the eight box cover images below)

Title Age Range # Players Play Time
Dragon Rapid Fire 3+ 2 to 4 10-15 mins
Rhino Hero 5+ 2 to 5 5-15 mins
Cat Tower 6+ 2 to 6 15-20 mins
Flashlights & Fireflies 6+ 2 to 5 20 mins
Get Bit! 7+ 3 to 6 20 mins
Bang! The Dice Game 8+ 3 to 8 15 mins
Hanabi 8+ 2 to 5 25 mins
King of Tokyo 8+ 2 to 6 30 mins
Lanterns: Harvest Festival 8+ 2 to 4 30 mins
Roll for It! 8+ 2 to 4 30 mins
Hive 9+ 2 20 mins
7 Wonders Duel 10+ 2 30 mins
Anomia 10+ 3 to 6 30 mins
Fairy Tale 10+ 2 to 5 30 mins
Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft 10+ 2 20-30 mins
Love Letter 10+ 2 to 4 20 mins
Morels 10+ 2 30 mins
Splendor 10+ 2 to 4 30 mins
Jaipur 12+ 2 30 mins
Beyond Baker Street 13+ 2 to 4 20 mins
Bohnanza 13+ 2 to 7 45 mins
Fairytale Gloom 13+ 2 to 5 30-60 mins
Kodama: The Tree Spirits 14+ 2 to 5 40 mins
Pixel Glory 14+ 2 to 4 25 mins

5 thoughts on “Travel-sized Games You Can Play on Your Coffee Table

  1. Luke says:

    I found out the hard way that Betrayal at House on the Hill is a game that can’t be played on a coffee table. Our first couple of games were very cramped. Nothing spoils the atmosphere more than having to say “wait a minute, we need to shift everything so we can explore the basement”.

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