The best Dungeon Crawler games 2024

Dungeon crawler board games are derived from dungeon crawl scenarios in role-playing games. A dungeon crawl is a type of scenario in fantasy role-playing games where heroes navigate a maze environment (a "dungeon"), fight various monsters, avoid traps, solve puzzles, and loot all the treasure they can find.

Dungeon crawlers are tactical, cooperative, explorative.

So dungeon crawlers are tactical-combat, cooperative game with player(s) against environment (player vs. environment) or overlord game with exploration and a story-based goal (e.g. escape, kill a monster).

Common elements of dungeon crawler games:

  • Character progress/Leveling.
  • Equipment/loot
  • Solving puzzles
  • Random events
  • Traps

List of the best dungeon crawler games 2024

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 304 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Cthulhu: Death May Die

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    Cthulhu: Death May Die is an intense, cooperative board game set in the 1920s, drawing inspiration from H.P. Lovecraft's universe. Players take on the roles of daring investigators, embarking on a perilous mission to confront and eliminate Elder Gods.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

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    Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure is an exciting board game where players become daring thieves, sneaking into a dragon's lair to steal artifacts while avoiding making noise to prevent waking the dragon.

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Karak

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

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    Mansions of Madness: Second Edition is a cooperative, app-enhanced board game that combines elements of horror and mystery. It's set in the same universe as Eldritch Horror and Elder Sign, offering an immersive narrative experience.

    Nominated for 9 awards.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  5. The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

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    The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth invites players to immerse themselves in the rich and legendary world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. This fully cooperative, app-supported board game is designed for one to five players, offering a unique blend of adventure, strategy, and storytelling set in the iconic landscapes of Middle-Earth.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  6. Zombicide: 2nd Edition

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    Zombicide: 2nd Edition revitalizes the beloved cooperative board game franchise, offering both new and seasoned players an enhanced zombie-slaying experience. Since its original release in 2012, Zombicide has captivated gamers worldwide with its thrilling cooperative gameplay, where players band together as survivors in a zombie-infested apocalypse. This new edition breathes fresh life into the game with refined rules, updated mechanics, and new components designed to streamline play and enhance immersion.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Zombicide: 2nd Edition
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Chronicles of Avel

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Zombicide: Black Plague

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    Zombicide: Black Plague is an exciting board game that takes the popular zombie apocalypse theme and transports it into a medieval fantasy world. This game is a fresh twist on the classic Zombicide series, offering players the chance to battle the undead hordes in an age of swords and sorcery.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Zombicide: Black Plague
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

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    Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is a standalone adventure game that serves as a prequel to the highly acclaimed Gloomhaven. It's designed to be more accessible to a broader audience, with streamlined rules and an integrated tutorial.

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 5.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  10. Dungeon Fighter: Second Edition

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Gloomhaven

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    Gloomhaven is a Euro-inspired tactical combat game set in a persistent and evolving world. Players assume the roles of adventurers, each with unique skills and motives, as they explore dungeons, ruins, and engage in cooperative battles against automated monsters.

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  12. Nemesis

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    Nemesis is a semi-cooperative, survival horror board game set in a sci-fi universe, offering an intense and immersive experience as players navigate a spacecraft infested with hostile alien organisms.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  13. Arcadia Quest

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    Arcadia Quest is an engaging, campaign-based board game where players lead guilds of heroes on a quest to overthrow a vampire lord and take back the city of Arcadia. It's a competitive yet cooperative game, filled with strategic battles against both other players and game-controlled monsters.

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  14. Mini Rogue

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Descent: Legends of the Dark

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    In Descent: Legends of the Dark, players dive deep into the troubled realm of Terrinoth, facing off against demonic barbarians, undead servants, and other dark forces threatening the land. This co-operative dungeon-crawling board game, enriched by an integrated free companion app, invites players to embark on the "Blood and Flame" campaign, spanning sixteen quests that weave a rich narrative full of danger and discovery. With its innovative use of 3D terrain and a host of hero and monster miniatures, the game promises an immersive adventure as players build their legends through strategic combat, exploration, and skillful management of their characters' abilities.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    🔥 Deal: 26% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Arcadia Quest: Inferno

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Zombicide: Invader

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. HeroQuest

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    HeroQuest is a classic adventure board game that blends elements of dungeon crawling and role-playing. One player takes on the role of the game master, unveiling the dungeon piece by piece, while up to four other players assume the roles of different characters (wizard, elf, dwarf, or barbarian) embarking on various quests.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    🔥 Deal: 16% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for HeroQuest
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. Zombicide: Green Horde

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    Zombicide: Green Horde plunges you back into a deadly medieval fantasy world, now overrun with infected orcs and goblins that present a formidable challenge. This sequel to Zombicide: Black Plague elevates the threat level with these green-skinned menaces forming massive hordes to ambush survivors unexpectedly. Up to six players can join forces in this cooperative game to fend off the undead and survive against overwhelming odds.

    More details for Zombicide: Green Horde
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Claustrophobia

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    Claustrophobia is a thrilling, asymmetric miniatures-based game set in the dark, foreboding universe of Hell Dorado. The game pits a team of determined human heroes against a seemingly endless horde of demonic creatures, offering a richly thematic and intense gaming experience.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Claustrophobia
    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Stuffed Fables

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    Stuffed Fables offers a unique and imaginative adventure where players embody heroic stuffed animals ("stuffies") on a mission to protect the child they cherish from an ominous villain. This game stands out as the first "AdventureBook Game" from Plaid Hat Games, blending storytelling, strategy, and a dynamic game board all within a single, vividly illustrated book.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Stuffed Fables
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Stuffed Fables

    • YouTube Review for the game "Stuffed Fables" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  23. Zombicide: Undead or Alive

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    🔥 Deal: 8% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Star Wars: Imperial Assault

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    Star Wars: Imperial Assault is a captivating strategy board game that brings the iconic Star Wars universe to life through tactical combat and missions. Designed for two to five players, the game offers a dual experience: a campaign game and a skirmish game.

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    More details for Star Wars: Imperial Assault
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Star Wars: Imperial Assault

    • YouTube Review for the game "Star Wars: Imperial Assault" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  25. Catacombs (Third Edition)

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    Catacombs (Third Edition) transports players to the enchanting world of Cimathue, where strategy and dexterity converge in a thrilling, cooperative board game experience. Players take on the roles of valiant heroes, each with unique abilities, embarking on a daring mission to protect the town of Stormtryne from the dangers that lurk beneath it in the catacombs. With one player controlling the sinister Overseer and their legion of monsters, the stage is set for an epic confrontation. Heroes must flick wooden discs representing themselves and their foes, simulating combat through skillful precision. As they journey deeper, defeating monsters and collecting gold, they'll gear up for the ultimate showdown with the Catacomb Lord.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. Four Against Darkness

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    • 1 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • Easy to learn
  27. Catacombs

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    Catacombs is a unique blend of action and strategy, set in a dark and treacherous catacomb full of monsters and a formidable Catacomb Lord. This dexterity-based board game pits one player, the Overseer, who controls the dungeon's monsters, against the other players who control four heroes with distinct abilities.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Catacombs
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. One Deck Dungeon

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    One Deck Dungeon is a card-based roguelike game that offers a unique and ever-changing dungeon exploration experience. Players build their characters from the ground up, facing a variety of challenges and enemies within the dungeon.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for One Deck Dungeon
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Wonder Book

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Warhammer Quest: Shadows Over Hammerhal

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • Easy to learn

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