The best games based on novels/books 📖 2023

Looking for a really good game based on novels/books 📖? Then we have just the thing: our list of the best games based on novels/books 2023.

What are games based on novels/books?

Games based on novels are those that are thematically related to a popular novel or series of novels.

Special novel based board games

We researched a lot of novel based board games and even divided them into special lists. You'll find the games based on novels below.

Board games based on other media

List of best games based on novels/books 2023 📖

This list was last updated on January 25, 2023. We compared 1325 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Unmatched: Cobble & Fog

    All details for the board game Unmatched: Cobble & Fog and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!34€ atAmazon.de
  2. Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume One

    All details for the board game Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume One and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Cthulhu: Death May Die

    All details for the board game Cthulhu: Death May Die and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    More details for Cthulhu: Death May Die
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!78€ atAmazon.de
  4. Unmatched: Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot

    All details for the board game Unmatched: Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Dune: Imperium

    All details for the board game Dune: Imperium and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2022

    More details for Dune: Imperium
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!40€ atAmazon.de
  6. Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise

    All details for the board game Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Sheriff of Nottingham

    All details for the board game Sheriff of Nottingham and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 1.

    More details for Sheriff of Nottingham
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Sheriff of Nottingham

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sheriff of Nottingham" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  8. The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies

    All details for the board game Love Letter: The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Parade

    All details for the board game Parade and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Parade
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Parade

    • YouTube Review for the game "Parade" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  11. Unlock!: Timeless Adventures

    All details for the board game Unlock!: Timeless Adventures and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

    All details for the board game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 11+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!37€ atAmazon.de
  13. 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
  14. 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
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  15. Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation

    All details for the board game Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

    All details for the board game Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. 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

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1985

    More details for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!50€ atAmazon.de

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

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  18. The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet

    All details for the board game The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Jekyll vs. Hyde

    All details for the board game Jekyll vs. Hyde and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Jekyll vs. Hyde
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game – Night's Watch Starter Set

    All details for the board game A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game – Night's Watch Starter Set and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Friday

    All details for the board game Friday and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Friday
    • 1 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Discworld: Ankh-Morpork

    All details for the board game Discworld: Ankh-Morpork and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Discworld: Ankh-Morpork
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 11+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. Call to Adventure

    All details for the board game Call to Adventure and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Call to Adventure

    • YouTube Review for the game "Call to Adventure" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Call to Adventure" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  24. Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Arkham Horror: The Card Game and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 4.

    More details for Arkham Horror: The Card Game
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Arkham Horror: The Card Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  25. Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger

    All details for the board game Choose Your Own Adventure: House of Danger and similar games
    • 1 - 99 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de
  26. Mythos Tales

    All details for the board game Mythos Tales and similar games
    • 1 - 10 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Mythos Tales

    • YouTube Review for the game "Mythos Tales" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  27. Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs

    All details for the board game Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 4.

    🔥 Deal: 35% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!12€ atAmazon.de
  28. Treasure Island

    All details for the board game Treasure Island and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Treasure Island
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!35€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Treasure Island

    • YouTube Review for the game "Treasure Island" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Treasure Island" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Treasure Island" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  29. Gingerbread House

    All details for the board game Gingerbread House and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Gingerbread House

    • YouTube Review for the game "Gingerbread House" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Gingerbread House" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  30. Watson & Holmes

    All details for the board game Watson & Holmes and similar games
    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Watson & Holmes

    • YouTube Review for the game "Watson & Holmes" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English

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