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 June 22, 2021. We compared 474 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
    • Players3 - 12 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!23€ atAmazon.de
  2. Dixit

    All details for the board game Dixit and similar games

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 9.

    Spiel des Jahres 2010

    More details for Dixit
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  3. Legacy of Dragonholt

    All details for the board game Legacy of Dragonholt and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 - 999 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!60€ atAmazon.de
  4. Chronicles of Crime

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

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 3.

    More details for Chronicles of Crime
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Chronicles of Crime" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  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. Forgotten Waters

    All details for the board game Forgotten Waters and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Forgotten Waters
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!45€ atAmazon.de
  7. Witness

    All details for the board game Witness and similar games
    • Players4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Witness

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Witness" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  8. 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
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  9. Mysterium Park

    All details for the board game Mysterium Park and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Mysterium Park
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!19€ atAmazon.de
  10. The 7th Continent

    All details for the board game The 7th Continent and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 2.

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime5 - 1000 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  11. 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
  12. The King's Dilemma

    All details for the board game The King's Dilemma and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for The King's Dilemma
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!57€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The King's Dilemma

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The King's Dilemma" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  13. Gloomhaven

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven and similar games

    Nominated for 22 awards and won 10.

    More details for Gloomhaven
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!132€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Gloomhaven

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Gloomhaven" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  14. 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
  15. Trapwords

    All details for the board game Trapwords and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Trapwords
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Trapwords

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Trapwords" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  16. Rory's Story Cubes: Mystery

    All details for the board game Rory's Story Cubes: Mystery and similar games
    • Players1 - 12 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!11€ atAmazon.de
  17. 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
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Baker Street Irregulars" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  18. Funemployed

    All details for the board game Funemployed and similar games
    • Players3 - 20 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  19. 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

    🔥 Deal: 22% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!23€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  20. Cult Following

    All details for the board game Cult Following and similar games
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  21. 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
  22. Unlock!: Secret Adventures

    All details for the board game Unlock!: Secret Adventures and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Unlock!: Escape Adventures

    All details for the board game Unlock!: Escape Adventures and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Unlock!: Escape Adventures
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 75 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  24. No Thank You, Evil!

    All details for the board game No Thank You, Evil! and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 19% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for No Thank You, Evil!
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!18€ atAmazon.de
  25. 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
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime50 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  26. Rory's Story Cubes: Voyages

    All details for the board game Rory's Story Cubes: Voyages and similar games
    • Players1 - 12 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  27. Clusterfight!

    All details for the board game Clusterfight! and similar games
    • Players3 - 12 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  28. The Crusoe Crew

    All details for the board game The Crusoe Crew and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Crusoe Crew

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Crusoe Crew" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  29. Rory's Story Cubes: Scooby-Doo

    All details for the board game Rory's Story Cubes: Scooby-Doo and similar games
    • Players1 - 99 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  30. T.I.M.E Stories

    All details for the board game T.I.M.E Stories and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

    🔥 Deal: 12% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for T.I.M.E Stories
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!22€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for T.I.M.E Stories

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "T.I.M.E Stories" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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