The best Detective board games 🕵️‍♂️ 2021

We have selected the best detective board games for you 🕵️‍♂️. The offer ranges from simple variants that can be solved in a few minutes to extra difficult ones that can take several hours. There is something for everyone is Sherlock Holmes among you.

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What are detective or deduction board games?

Detective board games, or "deduction games," are games in which players must draw conclusions based on available premises. These games are quite diverse and include several different types of logical reasoning. Cat-and-mouse games such as Scotland Yard are a type of deduction game in which players use a series of observations and truthful feedback to narrow down the possibilities and catch a constantly moving opponent in the correct position. Elimination games such as Clue expect players to reach the correct conclusion after narrowing down possibilities from a large list. Signal-based 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 such as Zendo, where players must deduce a general rule from nearly infinite possibilities.

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 [Werewolves Full Moon Night](%2Werewolves-Full Moon Night).

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list of best detective board games 🕵️

In this list you will find the best detective games to buy 2021:

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 315 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 10 awards and won 5.

    Spiel des Jahres 2021

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

    All details for the board game Dixit: Quest and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Dixit: Quest
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de
  3. Dixit 3: Journey

    All details for the board game Dixit 3: Journey and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!16€ atAmazon.de
  4. 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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  5. Chronicles of Crime

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

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 3.

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime

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  6. Mysterium: Secrets & Lies

    All details for the board game Mysterium: Secrets & Lies and similar games
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime42 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Mysterium: Secrets & Lies

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  7. Mysterium: Hidden Signs

    All details for the board game Mysterium: Hidden Signs and similar games
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime42 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  8. Deception: Undercover Allies

    All details for the board game Deception: Undercover Allies and similar games
    • Players4 - 14 Players
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  9. Witness

    All details for the board game Witness and similar games
    • Players4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Witness

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  10. Mysterium

    All details for the board game Mysterium and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 6.

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    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime42 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  11. Mysterium Park

    All details for the board game Mysterium Park and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  12. 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

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  13. The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow

    All details for the board game The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow and similar games
    • Players8 - 18 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  14. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases and similar games
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases

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  15. Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

    All details for the board game Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 4.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

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  16. Sherlock: ¿Quién es Vincent Leblanc?

    All details for the board game Sherlock: ¿Quién es Vincent Leblanc? and similar games
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  17. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars and similar games
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars

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  18. Unusual Suspects

    All details for the board game Unusual Suspects and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Unusual Suspects
    • Players3 - 18 Players
    • Playtime10 - 30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  19. Cantaloop: Book 1 – Breaking into Prison

    All details for the board game Cantaloop: Book 1 – Breaking into Prison and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime300 - 720 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!28€ atAmazon.de
  20. Mr. Jack Pocket

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

    Nominated for 3 awards.

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    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  21. Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview

    All details for the board game Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview

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  22. Hidden Games Crime Scene: The New Haven Case

    All details for the board game Hidden Games Crime Scene: The New Haven Case and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime90 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!24€ atAmazon.de
  23. Treasure Island

    All details for the board game Treasure Island and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Treasure Island
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Treasure Island

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  24. Watson & Holmes

    All details for the board game Watson & Holmes and similar games
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime45 - 75 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Watson & Holmes

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  25. The Key: Sabotage at Lucky Llama Land

    All details for the board game The Key: Sabotage at Lucky Llama Land and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  26. Mythos Tales

    All details for the board game Mythos Tales and similar games
    • Players1 - 10 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Mythos Tales

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  27. 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
  28. Sherlock: Last Call

    All details for the board game Sherlock: Last Call and similar games
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime40 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!6€ atAmazon.de
  29. UNDO: 600 Seconds

    All details for the board game UNDO: 600 Seconds and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  30. Black Stories: Shit Happens Edition

    All details for the board game Black Stories: Shit Happens Edition and similar games
    • Players2 - 15 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

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