The best Real-Time board games ⏳ 2021

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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 2021

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 724 board games for this list and selected the top 31. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. KLASK

    All details for the board game KLASK and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

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    More details for KLASK
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!36€ atAmazon.de
  2. Telestrations

    All details for the board game Telestrations and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 6.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Telestrations
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Telestrations

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Telestrations" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  3. Werewords

    All details for the board game Werewords and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Werewords
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  4. 5-Minute Dungeon

    All details for the board game 5-Minute Dungeon and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for 5-Minute Dungeon
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime5 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!19€ atAmazon.de
  5. 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"
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  6. Breakdancing Meeples

    All details for the board game Breakdancing Meeples and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime5 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  7. Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box

    All details for the board game Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!69€ atAmazon.de

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

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  8. Loopin' Louie

    All details for the board game Loopin' Louie and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 1994

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2006

    More details for Loopin' Louie
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age4+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  9. Loony Quest

    All details for the board game Loony Quest and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Loony Quest
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Loony Quest

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Loony Quest" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Loony Quest" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  10. Pictomania

    All details for the board game Pictomania and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Pictomania
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  11. Telestrations After Dark

    All details for the board game Telestrations After Dark and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age17+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  12. Captain Sonar

    All details for the board game Captain Sonar and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Captain Sonar
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Captain Sonar

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  13. Escape: The Curse of the Temple

    All details for the board game Escape: The Curse of the Temple and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 1.

    More details for Escape: The Curse of the Temple
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Escape: The Curse of the Temple

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Escape: The Curse of the Temple" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Escape: The Curse of the Temple" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  14. Spot it!

    All details for the board game Spot it! and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Spot it!
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!11€ atAmazon.de
  15. Happy Salmon

    All details for the board game Happy Salmon and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Happy Salmon
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime2 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  16. Ghost Blitz

    All details for the board game Ghost Blitz and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    More details for Ghost Blitz
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de
  17. Unlock!: Timeless Adventures

    All details for the board game Unlock!: Timeless Adventures and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza

    All details for the board game Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime10 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  19. Anomia

    All details for the board game Anomia and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    More details for Anomia
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de
  20. Dr. Eureka

    All details for the board game Dr. Eureka and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dr. Eureka
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!19€ atAmazon.de
  21. WeyKick

    All details for the board game WeyKick and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age3+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!165€ atAmazon.de
  22. FUSE

    All details for the board game FUSE and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  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
    👍 Good 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. Unlock!: Heroic Adventures

    All details for the board game Unlock!: Heroic Adventures and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  25. Monster-Bande

    All details for the board game Monster-Bande and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Monster-Bande

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Monster-Bande" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Monster-Bande" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  26. Galaxy Trucker

    All details for the board game Galaxy Trucker and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Galaxy Trucker
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  27. Slide Quest

    All details for the board game Slide Quest and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Slide Quest
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!21€ atAmazon.de
  28. Ghost Blitz 2

    All details for the board game Ghost Blitz 2 and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2012

    More details for Ghost Blitz 2
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de
  29. Unlock!: Mystery Adventures

    All details for the board game Unlock!: Mystery Adventures and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 75 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  30. Dimension

    All details for the board game Dimension and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Dimension
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de
  31. Space Alert

    All details for the board game Space Alert and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Space Alert
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

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