The best word games 2024

We have selected and compared over 700 word games for you. The result is this list with the 31 best word games from card, dice & board games 2024.

What are word games anyway?

Word games often require players to use their language skills against each other. Language skills in word games often focus on vocabulary size, spelling, and definitions. Often, by playing word games, players can improve on these three points.

For those who want to focus more on learning, we have created the category "The best learning games".

List of the best word games 2024

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 3205 board games for this list and selected the top 31. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Just One

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    Just One is a cooperative party game that combines elements of mystery and creativity. Players work together to guess as many words as possible, using unique clues provided by their teammates.

    Nominated for 15 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Just One
    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 20 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Just One

    • YouTube Review for the game "Just One" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  2. Codenames

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    Codenames is a captivating and popular party game that involves clever wordplay and deduction. Two teams compete, each led by a spymaster who knows the secret identities of 25 agents, represented by cards bearing single-word codenames like "disease," "Germany," or even "carrot." The objective is for each team to be the first to correctly identify all their agents based on clues given by their spymaster, while avoiding the dangerous assassin.

    Nominated for 27 awards and won 15.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Codenames
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. So Clover!

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    So Clover! is a cooperative word-association game that challenges players to think creatively and work together. The essence of the game is to generate and guess keywords based on shared features, aiming to achieve the highest possible team score.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for So Clover!
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Codenames: Duet

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    Embark on a collaborative journey of espionage in Codenames Duet, where the familiar elements of Codenames persist – providing one-word clues to unveil your agents among those on the table. This time, however, you and your teammate work together to uncover all your agents, adding a thrilling cooperative dimension to the challenge. The mystery of not knowing your agents from the outset adds an intriguing layer to the mission, raising questions that even Congressional investigators might ponder later!

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 4.

    More details for Codenames: Duet
    • 2 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 11+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Codenames: Duet

    • YouTube Review for the game "Codenames: Duet" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. Decrypto

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    Engage in the riveting team-based challenge of Decrypto, where players strive to correctly interpret coded messages from their teammates while unraveling the intercepted codes of the opposing team.

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Decrypto
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Decrypto

    • YouTube Review for the game "Decrypto" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Werewords

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    Werewords is a fast-paced word-guessing game blended with the intrigue of a hidden role mechanism. In this engaging party game, players work together to guess a secret word, while also navigating the deceit of a werewolf who knows the word but is trying to lead them astray.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Werewords
    • 4 - 10 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Insider

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    Insider is a unique board game that offers a fresh and engaging experience for players. With its distinctive gameplay and innovative mechanics, it stands out in the world of board games.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Insider
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Insider

    • YouTube Review for the game "Insider" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Insider" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  8. Phantom Ink

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 10 - 15 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  9. Krazy Wordz: Nicht 100% jugendfrei

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    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Krazy Wordz: Nicht 100% jugendfrei

    • YouTube Review for the game "Krazy Wordz: Nicht 100% jugendfrei" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  10. When I Dream

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    When I Dream is a whimsical and imaginative board game that delves into the world of dreams, blending elements of storytelling, deduction, and teamwork in a playful setting.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for When I Dream
    • 4 - 10 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for When I Dream

    • YouTube Review for the game "When I Dream" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  11. Fiesta de los Muertos

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  12. Anomia

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    Anomia is a fast-paced card game that tests players' ability to quickly recall random information under pressure. The game draws on players' knowledge of various categories like food, music, and more. Gameplay involves drawing cards and facing off with other players in a battle of quick thinking when matching symbols are revealed. Players must rapidly provide examples of the category on their opponent's card, with successful answers winning them the card. The challenge intensifies with wild cards that create unexpected matches and cascading face-offs triggered by card exchanges.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    More details for Anomia
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Neue Welten

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. Unanimo

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Unanimo
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Unanimo

    • YouTube Review for the game "Unanimo" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  15. Concept

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    In Concept, the challenge is to convey words using a network of icons. A pair of players, seated as neighbors, collaborate to select a word or phrase that others must deduce. Working in tandem, they strategically place markers on the available icons on the game board.

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Concept
    • 4 - 12 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Word Slam

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    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    More details for Word Slam
    • 3 - 99 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Word Slam

    • YouTube Review for the game "Word Slam" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  17. Krazy Wordz

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    🔥 Deal: 96% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Krazy Wordz
    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Krazy Wordz

    • YouTube Review for the game "Krazy Wordz" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  18. Trapwords

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    Trapwords is an innovative and engaging party game that reimagines the classic concept of word-guessing games with a clever twist. Designed for two teams, the game infuses the word-guessing genre with strategic depth and an element of surprise, as each team sets secret "trapwords" for the other, creating a dynamic and suspenseful experience. Players navigate a fantasy dungeon theme, adding an immersive layer to the challenge of describing and guessing words.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Trapwords
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Trapwords

    • YouTube Review for the game "Trapwords" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  19. The Chameleon

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    The Chameleon is a captivating game of bluffing and deduction, where players take turns either blending in or trying to identify the imposter among them. It's a game that tests your ability to be both cunning and perceptive, making it perfect for groups looking for a quick, engaging, and interactive experience.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for The Chameleon
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for The Chameleon

    • YouTube Review for the game "The Chameleon" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  20. Der HeidelBÄR: Wilde Wasser Edition

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. Frigiti

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    • 4 - 6 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  22. Word Slam Midnight

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    • 3 - 99 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 18+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Word Slam Midnight

    • YouTube Review for the game "Word Slam Midnight" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  23. Codenames: Disney – Family Edition

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    Codenames: Disney – Family Edition brings the magic of Disney to the popular social word game Codenames, offering a delightful twist that Disney and Pixar fans of all ages will adore. This edition blends the strategic and cooperative elements of the original game with the enchanting worlds and characters of Disney and Pixar, making it an ideal choice for family game nights and gatherings of Disney enthusiasts.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Codenames: Disney – Family Edition
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  24. Letter Jam

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    Letter Jam is a cooperative word game for 2-6 players, focusing on teamwork to create words from visible letters. The catch? You can't see your own letter card – it's only visible to others.

    Nominated for 9 awards.

    More details for Letter Jam
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Letter Jam

    • YouTube Review for the game "Letter Jam" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  25. Spukstaben

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  26. Wie ich die Welt sehe...

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    • 2 - 15 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. Codenames: Deep Undercover

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    Codenames: Deep Undercover is a standalone or combinable expansion to the hit game Codenames, introducing an adult twist to the classic word association gameplay. In this version, players still split into two teams, with each team's spymaster knowing the identities of their secret agents, represented by codenames on the table. The goal remains to contact all your agents first through clever one-word clues that can link multiple codenames, while avoiding the deadly assassin and the opposing team's agents. This game adds an edgier set of words and phrases, making it suited for a more mature audience.

    More details for Codenames: Deep Undercover
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 18+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Codenames: Deep Undercover

    • YouTube Review for the game "Codenames: Deep Undercover" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  28. Word Slam Family

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Word Slam Family
    • 3 - 99 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Word Slam Family

    • YouTube Review for the game "Word Slam Family" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  29. Linq

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  30. Bananagrams

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    Bananagrams is a lively, quick-paced word game that stands out for its simplicity and portability. It comes in a unique, banana-shaped fabric pouch, making it an excellent choice for on-the-go fun without the need for pencils, paper, or a board.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Bananagrams
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  31. Scrabble

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    Scrabble is a classic and highly popular word game that challenges players to create words using letter tiles on a gameboard. It combines elements of vocabulary skill, strategy, and spatial reasoning.

    🔥 Deal: 53% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Scrabble
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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