The best murder/mystery/deduction games 🔪🕵️‍♂️ 2024

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.

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List with the best detective board games 2024 🔪🕵️‍♂️

In our comparison, the following 30 best mystery games 2024 came out:

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 118 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

    Embark on a thrilling cooperative adventure with Chronicles of Crime, a unique blend of crime investigation, board game excitement, and a touch of Virtual Reality. Picture yourself at the heart of criminal investigations, where the seamless integration of an app with physical components creates an immersive experience.

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 5.

    More details for Chronicles of Crime
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime

    • YouTube Review for the game "Chronicles of Crime" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. Chronicles of Crime: 1900

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Chronicles of Crime: 1400

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    Chronicles of Crime: 1400 invites players into the heart of medieval Paris, where they embody Abelard Lavel, a knight with a prophetic gift for solving crimes. As a standalone game in the Chronicles of Crime series, it combines familiar investigative gameplay with new elements to create a unique, narrative-driven experience. Players utilize Vision Cards to gain insights into crimes, relying on both futuristic and historical scenes to guide their investigation.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Chronicles of Crime: 1400
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. Chronicles of Crime: Noir

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Chronicles of Crime: Noir
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime: Noir

    • YouTube Review for the game "Chronicles of Crime: Noir" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  5. 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

    Embark on a captivating journey through Victorian London alongside the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases. This immersive and challenging game allows you to step into the shoes of a detective, matching wits with Holmes himself.

    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

    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
  6. Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview

    • YouTube Review for the game "Chronicles of Crime: Welcome to Redview" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  7. Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

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    Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game immerses players in the role of true detectives, blending traditional board game elements with modern technology and storytelling. This game offers a unique and interactive experience, as players solve interconnected cases using both physical game components and an online database.

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  8. Chronicles of Crime: 2400

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Sherlock

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Sherlock
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Sherlock

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  10. Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft

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    Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft is a riveting board game set in the intriguing world of Arthur Conan Doyle's celebrated detective stories. In the game, players assume the roles of the Holmes brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft, as they embark on a seven-day investigation following a mysterious bombing at the Houses of Parliament. Each character, drawn from the Doyle's books, offers unique abilities that can help or hinder the players' quest to gather clues and solve the case.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft
    • 2 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft

    • YouTube Review for the game "Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  11. Mystery Rummy: Jekyll & Hyde

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    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Vienna Connection

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Case 6: Suburbia

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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

    • YouTube Review for the game "Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Case 6: Suburbia" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  15. 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
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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

    • YouTube Review for the game "Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game – Season One" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  16. Batman: Everybody Lies

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game and similar games
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes: The Card Game" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  18. Detective: L.A. Crimes

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. The Name of the Rose

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Mansion Murders

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Mansion Murders

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Mansion Murders" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Mansion Murders" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  21. Detective: Signature Series – Dig Deeper

    All details for the board game Detective: Signature Series – Dig Deeper and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  22. Orient Express

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1987

    More details for Orient Express
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. 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
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Queen's Park Affair" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  24. Kreuzverhör: Krimi-Kartenspiel für zwei "Ermittler"

    All details for the board game Kreuzverhör: Krimi-Kartenspiel für zwei "Ermittler" and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Clue

    All details for the board game Clue and similar games

    Clue invites players into the classic realm of mystery and deduction. Assemble your wits and embark on a journey through the mansion, determined to unveil the secrets of the perplexing crime. This timeless detective game challenges you to answer the crucial questions: who committed the deed, with what weapon, and in which room?

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2011

    More details for Clue
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Clue

    • YouTube Review for the game "Clue" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  26. Dune: House Secrets

    All details for the board game Dune: House Secrets and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. 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
    • 8 - 15 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • 18+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. Mörderische Dinnerparty: Die Stimme aus dem Jenseits

    All details for the board game Mörderische Dinnerparty: Die Stimme aus dem Jenseits and similar games
    • 6 - 8 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • 18+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Mörderische Dinnerparty: Tod im London-Express

    All details for the board game Mörderische Dinnerparty: Tod im London-Express and similar games
    • 6 - 8 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • 18+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Sieben unter Verdacht

    All details for the board game Sieben unter Verdacht and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

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