The best storytelling games - making up stories 2023

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 2023.

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 2023

This list was last updated on December 4, 2023. We compared 1785 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Dixit: Odyssey

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

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    • 3 - 12 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de
  2. MicroMacro: Crime City – Full House

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Dixit

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    Nominated for 20 awards and won 10.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2010

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    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

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    • 4 - 12 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Lands of Galzyr

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 150 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Detective Club

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Detective Club

    • YouTube Review for the game "Detective Club" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  7. Destinies

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

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    • 1 - 3 Players
    • 90 - 150 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Legacy of Dragonholt

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 999 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  9. Forgotten Waters

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

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    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. My First Adventure: Finding the Dragon

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Chronicles of Crime: 1900

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

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 25 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Chronicles of Crime

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    Nominated for 15 awards and won 5.

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    • 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
  14. When I Dream

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

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    • 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
  15. Hidden Games Tatort: Königsmord

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 90 - 180 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Kids Chronicles: Quest for the Moon Stones

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  17. The Adventures of Robin Hood

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    Nominated for 9 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2021

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. The King's Dilemma

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    Nominated for 7 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    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
  19. 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
  20. Chronicles of Crime: 1400

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

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    Nominated for 14 awards and won 6.

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    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 42 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!32€ atAmazon.de
  22. Unlock!: Timeless Adventures

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

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  24. Unlock! Kids: Detective Stories

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 60 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars

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    • 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
  26. Mini-Mutabo

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 25 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures

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    • 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
  28. Snake Oil

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 3 - 10 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  29. Unlock!: Heroic Adventures

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Sleeping Gods

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    Nominated for 13 awards and won 4.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 1200 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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