The best storytelling games - making up stories 2021

Looking for a really good game where you have to invent stories? Then we have just the thing for you: the list of the best storytelling games 2021.

What are storytelling games?

In narrative games, players are given conceptual, written, or pictorial prompts that must be incorporated into a creation story by the players. Once upon a time uses an assortment of words, while the Rory's Story Cubes series include ambiguous symbols. Some games, such as Snake Oil and The Big Idea, ask players to design a product, which often takes the form of a short story or vignette.

Other narrative games include titles such as Tales of the Arabian Nights and Above and Below, game concepts in which players do not create their own stories but experience a story from within as one of the participants. Games in this sense might present players with a specific narrative situation, after which the player makes a choice that affects which end of the narrative is told - with the results of that narrative affecting the player's position in the game.

List of the best storytelling games 2021

This list was last updated on October 20, 2021. We compared 506 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Dixit: Odyssey

    All details for the board game Dixit: Odyssey and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

    More details for Dixit: Odyssey
    • 3 - 12 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!23€ atAmazon.de
  2. Dixit

    All details for the board game Dixit and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 10.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2010

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Detective Club

    All details for the board game Detective Club and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    🔥 Deal: 12% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Detective Club
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!25€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Detective Club

    • YouTube Review for the game "Detective Club" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  4. Legacy of Dragonholt

    All details for the board game Legacy of Dragonholt and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 999 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!60€ 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
    • 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
  6. Chronicles of Crime

    All details for the board game Chronicles of Crime and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 3.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ 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
  7. Forgotten Waters

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Forgotten Waters
    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. MicroMacro: Crime City – Full House

    All details for the board game MicroMacro: Crime City – Full House and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!20€ atAmazon.de
  9. Witness

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    • 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Witness

    • YouTube Review for the game "Witness" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  10. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures and similar games
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  11. Unlock!: Timeless Adventures

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Mysterium Park

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. The King's Dilemma

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    Nominated for 6 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for The King's Dilemma
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!60€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The King's Dilemma

    • YouTube Review for the game "The King's Dilemma" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "The King's Dilemma" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  14. The 7th Continent

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    Nominated for 17 awards and won 2.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 5 - 1000 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. The Adventures of Robin Hood

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2021

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Gloomhaven

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    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Gloomhaven" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  17. Trapwords

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Trapwords
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Trapwords

    • YouTube Review for the game "Trapwords" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  18. Rory's Story Cubes: Mystery

    All details for the board game Rory's Story Cubes: Mystery and similar games
    • 1 - 12 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. 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

    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
  20. Cult Following

    All details for the board game Cult Following and similar games
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. Unlock!: Heroic Adventures

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Funemployed

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    • 3 - 20 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars and similar games
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars

    • YouTube Review for the game "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  24. Unlock!: Mystery Adventures

    All details for the board game Unlock!: Mystery Adventures and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Unlock!: Secret Adventures

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. Unlock!: Escape Adventures

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. 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
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    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
  28. Pluckin' Pairs

    All details for the board game Pluckin' Pairs and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Pluckin' Pairs
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 50 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  29. Clusterfight!

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    • 3 - 12 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  30. No Thank You, Evil!

    All details for the board game No Thank You, Evil! and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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