The best games with limited communication 🤐 2021

Looking for a game that isn't all about communicating 🤐? Then we have just the thing: The 30 best games with limited communication.

How can games restrict communication between players?

Games can restrict players from openly communicating with each other. These restrictions can be absolute, as they relate to specific information, or they can restrict specific types of communication, such as speaking, hearing, or seeing.

Examples of this mechanism include Hanabi (players are not allowed to talk), Codenames (players are only allowed to communicate using a word and a number), or the 2020 connoisseur game: The Crew (players can only communicate using a marker on a single card as well as by playing cards).

List of best games 2021 in which communication between players is limited 🤐

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 90 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Just One

    All details for the board game Just One and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Just One
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Just One

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Just One" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Just One" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  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
  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 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age11+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Codenames: Duet

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Duet" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Duet" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  4. The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine

    All details for the board game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine and similar games

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 11.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  5. 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

    Video reviews for Decrypto

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Decrypto" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Decrypto" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  6. 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

    Video reviews for Codenames: Pictures

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  7. Time's Up!

    All details for the board game Time's Up! and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Time's Up!
    • Players4 - 18 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  8. The Mind

    All details for the board game The Mind and similar games

    Nominated for 19 awards and won 9.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for The Mind
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  9. 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

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "When I Dream" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "When I Dream" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  10. 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!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pictures

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  11. 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

    Video reviews for Spyfall

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Spyfall" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Spyfall" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  12. Cahoots

    All details for the board game Cahoots and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Cahoots
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Cahoots

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cahoots" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cahoots" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  13. 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

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Witness" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Witness" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  14. Mysterium

    All details for the board game Mysterium and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 6.

    More details for Mysterium
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime42 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  15. Mysterium Park

    All details for the board game Mysterium Park and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Mysterium Park
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!19€ atAmazon.de
  16. Fiesta de los Muertos

    All details for the board game Fiesta de los Muertos and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  17. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 4.

    More details for Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  18. Hanabi

    All details for the board game Hanabi and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Hanabi
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  19. Concept

    All details for the board game Concept and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Concept
    • Players4 - 12 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!22€ atAmazon.de
  20. The Game

    All details for the board game The Game and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for The Game
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  21. Gloomhaven

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!120€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  22. The Crew: Mission Deep Sea

    All details for the board game The Crew: Mission Deep Sea and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!11€ atAmazon.de
  23. Magic Maze

    All details for the board game Magic Maze and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Magic Maze
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!18€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Magic Maze

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Magic Maze" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Magic Maze" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Magic Maze" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Magic Maze" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  24. The Grizzled

    All details for the board game The Grizzled and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    More details for The Grizzled
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  25. Muse

    All details for the board game Muse and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Muse
    • Players2 - 12 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Muse

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Muse" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Muse" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  26. The Game + The Game on Fire

    All details for the board game The Game + The Game on Fire and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  27. Assembly

    All details for the board game Assembly and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 - 20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  28. For the Queen

    All details for the board game For the Queen and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  29. 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
  30. Quirky Circuits

    All details for the board game Quirky Circuits and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Quirky Circuits
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!53€ atAmazon.de

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