The best Real-Time board games ⏳ 2024

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What does "real-time" mean in dice, card & board games?

Real-time social games often allow players to complete their turns (or part of their turns) simultaneously. This is in contrast to turn-based games. There are also some real-time games where there are consequences if a player does not make their move in a certain amount of time.

Real-time means: constantly making decisions

So you have to overcome both the challenge of making decisions under pressure and the fact that there is almost no waiting or downtime. Some of the real-time board games destroy any kind of relaxed and casual atmosphere for some players - you should definitely be in the right mood for real-time games.

Exit games are mostly "real time games" as well

Escape room, escape room, or exit room games almost all also run in real time, both temporally and technically. But since they feel like their own distinct game genre, we've additionally created another list for you for exit games: The Best Escape Room Board Games - and yet another category: The Best Crime Dinner Games for Home.

List of the best real-time ⏳ board games 2024

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 2669 board games for this list and selected the top 31. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. KLASK

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    KLASK is a magnetic, fast-paced table-top game that combines elements of air hockey and foosball, offering a unique and exciting gameplay experience.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for KLASK
    • 2 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. Telestrations

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    Telestrations is a light-hearted and entertaining party game that blends drawing and word-guessing in a hilarious and often unpredictable way. The game is based on the classic concept of "telephone" but adds a visual twist.

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 7.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Telestrations
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Telestrations

    • YouTube Review for the game "Telestrations" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. Ready Set Bet

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 9 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Werewords

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    Werewords is a fast-paced word-guessing game blended with the intrigue of a hidden role mechanism. In this engaging party game, players work together to guess a secret word, while also navigating the deceit of a werewolf who knows the word but is trying to lead them astray.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Werewords
    • 4 - 10 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. 5-Minute Dungeon

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    5-Minute Dungeon is a fast-paced, cooperative, real-time card game that challenges players to escape a dungeon within a five-minute time limit. The game is characterized by its intense pace and the need for quick thinking and effective teamwork.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for 5-Minute Dungeon
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 5 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  6. Mutabo

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 25 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Telestrations After Dark

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 17+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  8. When I Dream

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    When I Dream is a whimsical and imaginative board game that delves into the world of dreams, blending elements of storytelling, deduction, and teamwork in a playful setting.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for When I Dream
    • 4 - 10 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for When I Dream

    • YouTube Review for the game "When I Dream" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. Loopin' Louie

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    Loopin' Louie is a light-hearted, action-packed board game that is as silly as it is addictive. Designed for players of all ages, this game centers around protecting your chickens from a looping airplane piloted by Louie.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1994

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2006

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Kites

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box

    • YouTube Review for the game "Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  12. Loony Quest

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    Loony Quest is a vibrant and imaginative drawing game set in the fantastical land of Arkadia, where players embark on an adventurous quest to win a royal tournament and claim the throne of an heirless king. The game stands out with its unique blend of drawing challenges and video game-inspired mechanics, making it a delightful experience for players of all ages.

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Loony Quest
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Loony Quest

    • YouTube Review for the game "Loony Quest" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  13. Pictomania

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    Pictomania turns the conventional drawing game on its head by combining drawing and guessing into simultaneous, frenetic action. This game, perfect for those who pride themselves on either their quick sketching or sharp guessing skills, ensures a level playing field and promises high energy from start to finish. Over five rounds, players are challenged to draw a word or phrase indicated by randomly assigned cards while also guessing what their opponents are drawing to earn points. Missteps can lead to becoming the round's "black sheep," affecting scores negatively, making each stroke and guess a calculated risk.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Pictomania
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. 5-Minute Mystery

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 5 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  15. Escape: The Curse of the Temple

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    Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a cooperative, real-time board game that offers an exhilarating and unique gaming experience. The game's theme centers around players working together to escape a cursed temple before it collapses.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 1.

    More details for Escape: The Curse of the Temple
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Escape: The Curse of the Temple

    • YouTube Review for the game "Escape: The Curse of the Temple" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  16. Captain Sonar

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    Embark on an adrenaline-pumping undersea adventure with Captain Sonar, a board game that plunges you into the heart of intense submarine warfare. In this gripping scenario, every move and decision can be the difference between victory and defeat. Form a skilled crew aboard a cutting-edge submarine as you strive to locate and eliminate an enemy sub before they do the same to you. The underwater battlefield is unforgiving, and effective communication and coordination are paramount for success.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Captain Sonar
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Captain Sonar

    • YouTube Review for the game "Captain Sonar" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Captain Sonar" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  17. Unlock! Kids: Detective Stories

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    Unlock! Kids: Detective Stories brings the beloved Unlock! game system to younger audiences, allowing families to enjoy the thrill of escape rooms from the comfort of their homes. This edition is tailored for children aged 6 and up, offering a simplified experience that encourages teamwork, problem-solving, and imaginative play without the need for an app.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Unlock! Kids: Detective Stories
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 60 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Ghost Blitz

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    Ghost Blitz is a fast-paced and exciting game that tests your reflexes and ability to recognize shapes and colors. The game revolves around Balduin, the house ghost, who has accidentally created a set of puzzling photographs with his enchanted camera, leading to a spirited game of quick thinking and fast grabbing.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Happy Salmon

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    Happy Salmon is a delightfully simple and frenetic card game that promises loads of laughter and fast-paced fun. With no turns and rapid-fire gameplay, it's perfect for parties and family gatherings.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Happy Salmon
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 2 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Spot it!

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    Spot it!, also known as Dobble, is a fast-paced, fun-filled pattern recognition game. It's a simple yet engaging game where players race to find matching symbols between two cards.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. Anomia

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    Anomia is a fast-paced card game that tests players' ability to quickly recall random information under pressure. The game draws on players' knowledge of various categories like food, music, and more. Gameplay involves drawing cards and facing off with other players in a battle of quick thinking when matching symbols are revealed. Players must rapidly provide examples of the category on their opponent's card, with successful answers winning them the card. The challenge intensifies with wild cards that create unexpected matches and cascading face-offs triggered by card exchanges.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    More details for Anomia
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  22. Unlock!: Timeless Adventures

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    Unlock! Timeless Adventures offers a trio of captivating "escape room" scenarios packed into one tabletop game. This cooperative card game draws players into immersive adventures requiring teamwork, puzzle-solving, and quick thinking, all facilitated through a blend of physical cards and a digital companion app.

    More details for Unlock!: Timeless Adventures
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. Mini-Mutabo

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 25 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  24. 5-Minute Marvel

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    5-Minute Marvel is the Marvel Universe adaptation of the fast-paced, cooperative card game 5-Minute Dungeon, providing a superpowered twist with beloved Marvel heroes taking on infamous Marvel bosses. This game encapsulates the essence of quick, engaging gameplay combined with the rich lore of Marvel, creating an exhilarating experience that can be enjoyed in short, intense bursts of fun.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 5 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  25. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

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    Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is a lively and fast-paced card game that combines elements of classic hand-slapping games like "Snap" and "Dobble". The game is simple, fun, and suitable for players of all ages, making it a great choice for family game nights or casual get-togethers.

    More details for Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 10 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  26. Groundhog Day: The Game

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 - 25 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. WeyKick

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 3+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  28. Dr. Eureka

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    Dr. Eureka is a fast-paced, dexterity-based board game that challenges players to become the quickest and most precise scientist in the laboratory. Designed for players with a keen sense of logic and a steady hand, this game puts your problem-solving and fine motor skills to the test.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dr. Eureka
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  29. FUSE

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    FUSE is a fast-paced, real-time cooperative game that sets players in the roles of a Bomb Defusal Team (BDT) on a ship under threat. With the clock ticking, players must work together quickly and efficiently to defuse a series of bombs within a ten-minute timeframe. The game combines elements of strategy, communication, and quick decision-making under pressure.

    More details for FUSE
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Project: ELITE

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  31. Space Alert

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    Space Alert is a thrilling cooperative game where players become crew members of a spaceship navigating dangerous parts of the galaxy. Unique for its real-time gameplay, each mission in Space Alert is a frantic race against time, lasting precisely 10 minutes. The game stands out for its use of a soundtrack that not only enhances the thematic experience but also functions as a timer for the game.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Space Alert
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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