The best word games 2021

We have selected and compared over 700 word games for you. The result is this list with the 31 best word games from card, dice & board games 2021.

What are word games anyway?

Word games often require players to use their language skills against each other. Language skills in word games often focus on vocabulary size, spelling, and definitions. Often, by playing word games, players can improve on these three points.

For those who want to focus more on learning, we have created the category "The best learning games".

List of the best word games 2021

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 369 board games for this list and selected the top 31. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Just One

    All details for the board game Just One and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Just One
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Just One

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Just One" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Just One" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  2. Codenames

    All details for the board game Codenames and similar games

    Nominated for 27 awards and won 15.

    Spiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Codenames
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  3. Codenames: Duet

    All details for the board game Codenames: Duet and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 4.

    More details for Codenames: Duet
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age11+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!16€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Codenames: Duet

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Duet" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Duet" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  4. Decrypto

    All details for the board game Decrypto and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Decrypto
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Decrypto

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Decrypto" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Decrypto" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  5. 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
  6. 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"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "When I Dream" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  7. Krazy Wordz: Erwachsenen Edition

    All details for the board game Krazy Wordz: Erwachsenen Edition and similar games
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!14€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Krazy Wordz: Erwachsenen Edition

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Krazy Wordz: Erwachsenen Edition" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Krazy Wordz: Erwachsenen Edition" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  8. Fiesta de los Muertos

    All details for the board game Fiesta de los Muertos and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  9. Neue Welten

    All details for the board game Neue Welten and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 69% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Neue Welten
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!5€ atAmazon.de
  10. Word Slam

    All details for the board game Word Slam and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    More details for Word Slam
    • Players3 - 99 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Word Slam

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Word Slam" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Word Slam" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  11. 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
  12. The Chameleon

    All details for the board game The Chameleon and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for The Chameleon
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!13€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Chameleon

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Chameleon" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Chameleon" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  13. Word Slam Midnight

    All details for the board game Word Slam Midnight and similar games
    • Players3 - 99 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!11€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Word Slam Midnight

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Word Slam Midnight" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Word Slam Midnight" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  14. Spukstaben

    All details for the board game Spukstaben and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very 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"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Trapwords" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  16. Frigiti

    All details for the board game Frigiti and similar games
    • Players4 - 6 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  17. Krazy Wordz

    All details for the board game Krazy Wordz and similar games
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!34€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Krazy Wordz

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Krazy Wordz" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Krazy Wordz" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  18. Wie ich die Welt sehe...

    All details for the board game Wie ich die Welt sehe... and similar games
    • Players2 - 15 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  19. Letter Jam

    All details for the board game Letter Jam and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards.

    More details for Letter Jam
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!16€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Letter Jam

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Letter Jam" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Letter Jam" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  20. Codenames: Deep Undercover

    All details for the board game Codenames: Deep Undercover and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Codenames: Deep Undercover

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Deep Undercover" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Deep Undercover" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  21. Unanimo

    All details for the board game Unanimo and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Unanimo
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Unanimo

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Unanimo" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Unanimo" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  22. Password Express

    All details for the board game Password Express and similar games
    • Players2 - 10 Players
    • Playtime15 - 20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Password Express

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Password Express" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Password Express" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  23. Linq

    All details for the board game Linq and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Linq
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  24. TAGS

    All details for the board game TAGS and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  25. Taboo

    All details for the board game Taboo and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Taboo
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  26. Bananagrams

    All details for the board game Bananagrams and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Bananagrams
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!14€ atAmazon.de
  27. Word Slam Family

    All details for the board game Word Slam Family and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Word Slam Family
    • Players3 - 99 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Word Slam Family

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Word Slam Family" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Word Slam Family" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  28. Balderdash

    All details for the board game Balderdash and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Balderdash
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  29. Decipher

    All details for the board game Decipher and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  30. Attribute

    All details for the board game Attribute and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Attribute
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  31. Scrabble

    All details for the board game Scrabble and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

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