The best murder/mystery/deduction games 🔪🕵️‍♂️ 2021

In this list we have picked out the best mystery games 🔪🕵️‍♂️ for you. Included are board games, dice games and card games. We have selected and compared almost 100 mystery games 🕵️‍♂️ for you.

What are mystery board games?

Thriller games often involve one or more unsolved murders or crimes. These games usually require players to investigate these crimes and determine the criminal details and/or the perpetrator(s).

Thriller with dinner? Mystery Dinner!

There are also mystery games that involve an actual meal in the plot: so-called mystery dinners. We have created a separate list for this category: The Best Mystery Dinner Games.

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List with the best detective board games 2021 🔪🕵️‍♂️

In our comparison, the following 30 best mystery games 2021 came out:

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 47 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. 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

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Chronicles of Crime" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  2. 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

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  3. 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

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  4. Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview

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    • 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

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  5. Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft

    All details for the board game Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!7€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  6. Sherlock

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Sherlock
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Sherlock

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  7. Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Season One

    All details for the board game Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Season One and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Season One

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Season One" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  8. Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game and similar games
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  9. Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Case 6: Suburbia

    All details for the board game Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Case 6: Suburbia and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Case 6: Suburbia

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Case 6: Suburbia" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  10. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Mansion Murders

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Mansion Murders and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Mansion Murders

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Mansion Murders" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Mansion Murders" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Mansion Murders" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  11. The Name of the Rose

    All details for the board game The Name of the Rose and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime75 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  12. Detective: Signature Series – Dig Deeper

    All details for the board game Detective: Signature Series – Dig Deeper and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  13. Detective: L.A. Crimes

    All details for the board game Detective:  L.A. Crimes and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!23€ atAmazon.de
  14. Orient Express

    All details for the board game Orient Express and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 1987

    More details for Orient Express
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  15. Kreuzverhör: Krimi-Kartenspiel für zwei "Ermittler"

    All details for the board game Kreuzverhör: Krimi-Kartenspiel für zwei "Ermittler" and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Queen's Park Affair

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Queen's Park Affair and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Queen's Park Affair

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Queen's Park Affair" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  17. Clue

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2011

    More details for Clue
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Clue

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Clue" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  18. Mörderische Dinnerparty: Die Stimme aus dem Jenseits

    All details for the board game Mörderische Dinnerparty: Die Stimme aus dem Jenseits and similar games
    • Players6 - 8 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  19. Mörderische Dinnerparty: Tod im London-Express

    All details for the board game Mörderische Dinnerparty: Tod im London-Express and similar games
    • Players6 - 8 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  20. Krimi Total Fall 3: Die zweifelhafte Welt der Märchen

    All details for the board game Krimi Total Fall 3: Die zweifelhafte Welt der Märchen and similar games
    • Players8 - 15 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de
  21. Krimi Total Fall 7: Die Party der Intrigen

    All details for the board game Krimi Total Fall 7: Die Party der Intrigen and similar games
    • Players8 - 9 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  22. Krimi Total Fall 2: Im Schatten der Premiere

    All details for the board game Krimi Total Fall 2: Im Schatten der Premiere and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 7% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Krimi Total Fall 2: Im Schatten der Premiere
    • Players8 - 9 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!23€ atAmazon.de
  23. Krimi Total Fall 1: Der Duft des Mordes

    All details for the board game Krimi Total Fall 1: Der Duft des Mordes and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 7% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Krimi Total Fall 1: Der Duft des Mordes
    • Players8 - 9 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!23€ atAmazon.de
  24. Krimi Total Fall 6: Der verfluchte Schatz der Piraten

    All details for the board game Krimi Total Fall 6: Der verfluchte Schatz der Piraten and similar games
    • Players8 - 9 Players
    • Playtime240 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  25. Mörderische Dinnerparty: Der Fluch der grünen Dame

    All details for the board game Mörderische Dinnerparty: Der Fluch der grünen Dame and similar games
    • Players6 - 8 Players
    • Playtime240 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    👍 Good price!28€ atAmazon.de
  26. Mörderische Dinnerparty: Totentanz auf der Titanic

    All details for the board game Mörderische Dinnerparty: Totentanz auf der Titanic and similar games
    • Players6 - 8 Players
    • Playtime240 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
  27. Mörderische Dinnerparty: Tödliches Alpenglühen

    All details for the board game Mörderische Dinnerparty: Tödliches Alpenglühen and similar games
    • Players6 - 8 Players
    • Age16+ years old
  28. Krimi Total Fall 13: Zum Geier mit dem Mord

    All details for the board game Krimi Total Fall 13: Zum Geier mit dem Mord and similar games
    • Players6 - 7 Players
    • Playtime180 - 240 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    🔥 Great price!24€ atAmazon.de
  29. Mörderische Dinnerparty: Mord in Shanghai

    All details for the board game Mörderische Dinnerparty: Mord in Shanghai and similar games
    • Players6 - 8 Players
  30. Krimi Total Fall 4: Jenseits der Schönheit

    All details for the board game Krimi Total Fall 4: Jenseits der Schönheit and similar games
    • Players8 - 9 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old

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