The best Deduction games 2021

Looking for a game where you have to deduce very well? Then here we have the list of 30 best deduction games for you.

What are deduction games?

Deduction games are games where players have to draw conclusions based on available information. These games are quite diverse and include several different types of logical reasoning. While many social games, such as Bridge or Poker, require the use of deductive/inferential reasoning only to some degree, if at all, deductive reasoning is the central mechanism in deduction games.

The classic among deduction games: Scotland Yard

Cat-and-mouse games like Scotland Yard are a type of deduction game in which players use a series of observations and truthful statements from a player to narrow down the possibilities and catch a constantly moving opponent in the right position.

Another deduction classic: the elimination game Clue

Elimination games like Clue expect players to come to the correct conclusion after narrowing down possibilities from a large list. Signal games such as Werewolf allow for a series of observations and player-driven feedback (which may not be truthful) to draw the correct conclusion from 2-3 main choices. Finally, this category includes induction games like Zendo, where players must deduce a general rule from nearly infinite possibilities.

New Trend: Social Deduction Games

Social deduction games are a related subcategory that is proving increasingly popular and includes games with hidden roles and bluffs such as The Resistance and the Werewolf Series.

Three subcategories: abstract, investigative, social

Deduction board games fall into three broad categories:

  1. abstraction-deduction games (e.g., Mastermind, Zendo, Code 777) and.
  2. investigative deduction games or detective games (e.g., Scotland Yard, Clue).
  3. social deduction games (e.g. Love Letter, Werewolf Series, The Resistance/Avalon)

List of the best deduction games 2021

This list was last updated on July 13, 2021. We compared 1026 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. MicroMacro: Crime City

    All details for the board game MicroMacro: Crime City and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for MicroMacro: Crime City
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  2. Codenames

    All details for the board game Codenames and similar games

    Nominated for 27 awards and won 15.

    Spiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Codenames
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  3. Codenames: Duet

    All details for the board game Codenames: Duet and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 4.

    More details for Codenames: Duet
    • Players2 - 99 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age11+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Codenames: Duet

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  4. Love Letter

    All details for the board game Love Letter and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Love Letter
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Love Letter

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  5. Love Letter

    All details for the board game Love Letter and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Love Letter

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  6. Decrypto

    All details for the board game Decrypto and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Decrypto
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!14€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Decrypto

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  7. Codenames: Pictures

    All details for the board game Codenames: Pictures and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    More details for Codenames: Pictures
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!14€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Codenames: Pictures

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  8. Love Letter Premium

    All details for the board game Love Letter Premium and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!14€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Love Letter Premium

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  9. Secret Hitler

    All details for the board game Secret Hitler and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Secret Hitler
    • Players5 - 10 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. The Resistance: Avalon

    All details for the board game The Resistance: Avalon and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for The Resistance: Avalon
    • Players5 - 10 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  11. A Fake Artist Goes to New York

    All details for the board game A Fake Artist Goes to New York and similar games
    • Players5 - 10 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  12. One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak

    All details for the board game One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak and similar games
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak

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  13. Werewords

    All details for the board game Werewords and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Werewords
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!8€ atAmazon.de
  14. One Night Ultimate Werewolf

    All details for the board game One Night Ultimate Werewolf and similar games
    • Players3 - 10 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for One Night Ultimate Werewolf

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  15. Insider

    All details for the board game Insider and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Insider
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Insider

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  16. The Resistance

    All details for the board game The Resistance and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for The Resistance
    • Players5 - 10 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  17. Outfoxed!

    All details for the board game Outfoxed! and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Outfoxed!
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  18. Love Letter: Adventure Time

    All details for the board game Love Letter: Adventure Time and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  19. Chronicles of Crime

    All details for the board game Chronicles of Crime and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 3.

    More details for Chronicles of Crime
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime

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  20. When I Dream

    All details for the board game When I Dream and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for When I Dream
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for When I Dream

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  21. BANG! The Dice Game

    All details for the board game BANG! The Dice Game and similar games
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  22. Pictures

    All details for the board game Pictures and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for Pictures
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pictures

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  23. Coup

    All details for the board game Coup and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Coup
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Coup

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Coup" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  24. Spyfall

    All details for the board game Spyfall and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Spyfall
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Spyfall

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  25. Imagine

    All details for the board game Imagine and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for Imagine
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  26. Battle Line

    All details for the board game Battle Line and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  27. Captain Sonar

    All details for the board game Captain Sonar and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Captain Sonar
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Captain Sonar

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  28. Tempel des Schreckens

    All details for the board game Tempel des Schreckens and similar games
    • Players3 - 10 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Tempel des Schreckens

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  29. Lovecraft Letter

    All details for the board game Lovecraft Letter and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime5 - 15 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!8€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Lovecraft Letter

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  30. Witness

    All details for the board game Witness and similar games
    • Players4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Witness

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Witness" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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