The best board games with historical background 2022

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 2022

This list was last updated on January 12, 2022. We compared 1190 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Watergate

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 4.

    More details for Watergate
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Watergate

    • YouTube Review for the game "Watergate" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    All details for the board game Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!54€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pandemic Legacy: Season 0

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic Legacy: Season 0" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. 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
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  4. Whitehall Mystery

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Undaunted: North Africa

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Endeavor: Age of Sail

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 13% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Endeavor: Age of Sail
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!57€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Endeavor: Age of Sail

    • YouTube Review for the game "Endeavor: Age of Sail" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  7. Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan

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    • 2 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  8. Pandemic: Fall of Rome

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Commands & Colors: Ancients

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  10. Sleeping Gods

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 1200 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  11. Brass: Birmingham

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    Nominated for 12 awards and won 7.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Brass: Birmingham

    • YouTube Review for the game "Brass: Birmingham" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Brass: Birmingham" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  12. Mr. Jack Pocket

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

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    • 2 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Commands & Colors: Napoleonics

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    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
    • 2 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Crusader Kingdoms: The War for the Holy Land

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Twilight Struggle

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 5.

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    • 2 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  17. Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Julius Caesar: Caesar, Pompey, and the Roman Civil War

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    • 2 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Mr. Jack

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!20€ atAmazon.de
  20. Condottiere

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. In Magnificent Style: Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg

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    • 1 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Letters from Whitechapel

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Letters from Whitechapel

    • YouTube Review for the game "Letters from Whitechapel" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  23. Kompromat

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Mystery Rummy: Al Capone and the Chicago Underworld

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis

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    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. Secrets

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 15 - 35 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Secrets

    • YouTube Review for the game "Secrets" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Secrets" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  27. 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War

    All details for the board game 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. Dual Powers: Revolution 1917

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    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. SOS Titanic

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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