The best board games with historical background 2021

Looking for a really good game with a historical background? We have clearly listed the best historical parlor games.

What are games with historical background?

Board games with historical background are games that refer to a specific historical event (e.g. Cold War, French Revolution) or a historical person or character (e.g. Caesar, Al Capone, Jack the Ripper).

Distinction from "historical games"

"Historical games," on the other hand, are games that are no longer played today, or are played only in greatly modified form. Most of them have been handed down through literature or discovered through archaeology (e.g. the royal game of Ur).

Historical games should also be distinguished from classic card games or classic board games - these also show some age, but are still played today.

Other categories for historical games

In addition to the general list for games based on historical events, we further divided them below into several, more detailed historical categories.

List of the best historical board games 2021

This list was last updated on June 22, 2021. We compared 965 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Watergate

    All details for the board game Watergate and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Watergate
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!19€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Watergate

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Watergate" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  2. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures and similar games
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  3. Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    All details for the board game Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!60€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  4. Endeavor: Age of Sail

    All details for the board game Endeavor: Age of Sail and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Endeavor: Age of Sail

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Endeavor: Age of Sail" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  5. Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan

    All details for the board game Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  6. Whitehall Mystery

    All details for the board game Whitehall Mystery and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  7. Brass: Birmingham

    All details for the board game Brass: Birmingham and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 7.

    More details for Brass: Birmingham
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Brass: Birmingham

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  8. Commands & Colors: Ancients

    All details for the board game Commands & Colors: Ancients and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Commands & Colors: Ancients
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  9. Pandemic: Fall of Rome

    All details for the board game Pandemic: Fall of Rome and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Pandemic: Fall of Rome
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. Twilight Struggle

    All details for the board game Twilight Struggle and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 5.

    More details for Twilight Struggle
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  11. Commands & Colors: Napoleonics

    All details for the board game Commands & Colors: Napoleonics and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  12. Mr. Jack Pocket

    All details for the board game Mr. Jack Pocket and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Mr. Jack Pocket
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  13. Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper

    All details for the board game Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!50€ atAmazon.de
  14. Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done

    All details for the board game Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!61€ atAmazon.de
  15. Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land

    All details for the board game Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  16. Mr. Jack

    All details for the board game Mr. Jack and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

    More details for Mr. Jack
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de
  17. Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War

    All details for the board game Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis

    All details for the board game 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de
  19. Secrets

    All details for the board game Secrets and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Secrets
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 - 35 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Secrets

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Secrets" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Secrets" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  20. 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War

    All details for the board game 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  21. Dual Powers: Revolution 1917

    All details for the board game Dual Powers: Revolution 1917 and similar games
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  22. Gorbachev: The Fall of Communism

    All details for the board game Gorbachev: The Fall of Communism and similar games
    • Players1 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Sun Tzu

    All details for the board game Sun Tzu and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Sun Tzu
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!27€ atAmazon.de
  24. The Men Who Would Be Kings: Colonial Wargaming Rules

    All details for the board game The Men Who Would Be Kings: Colonial Wargaming Rules and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  25. Brass: Lancashire

    All details for the board game Brass: Lancashire and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Brass: Lancashire
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Brass: Lancashire

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Lancashire" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Lancashire" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  26. Dux Bellorum: Arthurian Wargaming Rules AD367-793

    All details for the board game Dux Bellorum: Arthurian Wargaming Rules AD367-793 and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  27. Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis and Clark

    All details for the board game Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis and Clark and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  28. Test of Honour: The Samurai Miniatures Game

    All details for the board game Test of Honour: The Samurai Miniatures Game and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  29. Caesar's War: The Conquest of Gaul, 58-52 BC

    All details for the board game Caesar's War: The Conquest of Gaul, 58-52 BC and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

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