Last Updated on January 11, 2023
Get your poker faces on, we’re looking at the top 10 best bluffing board games out there!
Just in case you aren’t well-versed in the art of deception, bluffing is essentially lying to advance in or win a game. It’s all fun and games until you realize how good your family and friends are at double-dealing and deceiving.
For some, bluffing comes as easy as breathing. But for the more honest among us, it’s a learned skill that takes strategy, creative persuasion, and strong memory skills to ensure you’re not caught in a complex web of lies. Bluffing board games challenge you on all fronts.
So, if you’re looking to sharpen up your skills or suss out who you should avoid in a game of Texas Hold Em, take a look at these bluffing board games!
🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Bluffing Board Games
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Players: 3- 8
Playing time: 15- 45 mins
Decipher codes, and whatever you do, don’t get caught!
In the game, Decrypto, two teams compete to transmit codes to their teammates without letting the opposing team intercept them. It’s a fine line between being clear enough for your teammates to understand and vague enough to confuse your opponents.
The components give the game high replayability, and, like all bluffing games, a lot relies on social interactions and personal decisions, which will make the game different each time!
Playing time: 45 mins
Android Netrunner is set in a futuristic cyberpunk Los Angeles where talented lone runners are pitted against megacorporations.
In a game of cat and mouse, corporations spend their time securing their servers and scoring agendas. Lone runners spend their time and resources hacking corporate security measures.
As a runner, there’s a lot of pressure. Your timeline is tight, and you may be caught by a trace program and left in the hands of the corporation.
Cyber struggles are real, but if you explore and try your best to trash whatever a corporation was developing, you’ll earn points. The first player to get seven points wins the game.
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Players: 3- 6
Playing time: 120- 180 mins
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game introduces bluffing through a heavy traitor theme. How can humanity survive when you can’t trust who is human and who is a Cylon?
Players take on the role of one of ten iconic characters from the popular show. Each character has their own unique abilities that’ll help the group work together to save humanity. Loyalty cards are dealt with at the beginning of the game to determine whether you’re human or Cylon.
With each turn, a new crisis arises, and players must try to overcome the problem while traitors must try secretly to bring down the Galactica.
Whether you’re a fan of the series or just a fan of board games, Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game will test your bluffing abilities!
Players: 3- 5
Playing time: 90- 120 mins
Set in feudal Japan, the Kami have returned from the underworld… and to say they’re unhappy is an understatement. They’re displeased with the Empire and looking to make some major changes.
The Kami have gathered clans in their quest to reclaim the lands and return them to their honorable traditions. In Rising Sun, players try to lead their own clans to victory.
Rising Sun has a unique battle system that forces players to bluff their way forward and outthink the competition. You’ll engage in combat and will need to navigate war through alliances and political negotiation.
Rising Sun comes with gorgeous, highly-detailed miniatures. They’re truly some of the most intricate minis I’ve seen yet. Highly worth the buy even if just to move them around the board.
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
Playing time: 30- 45 mins
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game is all about tactical space combat. Take bluffing to outer space in the iconic Star War universe.
In the game, you’ll take control of the most advanced starfighters in all of the galaxy, powerful Rebel X-Wings, and nimble Imperial TIE fighters. In a battleship-off, two players face their squads for war.
As squad leader, you’ll work to build up your squadron and expand with your favorite ships through battles, missions, and scenario cards.
Sheriff of Nottingham (2nd Edition)
Players: 3- 6
Playing time: 60 mins
Players take on the roles of merchants, seeking to make good money off contraband goods brought into Nottingham. As a merchant, you’ll try to stock all the best goods.
With each round, a player becomes the Sheriff. As the Sheriff, you can inspect anyone’s loot and confiscate illegal goods. But, if you search and there’s nothing illegal, you’ll be punished yourself.
Sheriff of Nottingham has some awesome expansions like 6th Merchant, Black Market, and Sheriff’s Deputies which give you more opportunities to bluff and smuggle your way to victory!
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong
Players: 4- 12
Playing time: 20 mins
If you’re a fan of detective games, Deception: Murder in Hong Kong blends investigation, sabotage, and bluffing brilliantly.
Players take on the roles of investigators trying to solve a murder. But, the killer is among the investigators. Can the murderer deceive the rest?
What adds depth to the mystery is that the murderer can secretly choose their weapon and the evidence they leave behind. Also, another player plays the forensic scientist who holds the key to the killer’s conviction but can only express their knowledge through analysis of the crime scene.
Deception: Murder in Hong Kong challenges teamwork with lies and, of course, deception. This makes players second guess each other as they try to work through evidence and explore their hunches. Trust goes a long way when it comes to catching a criminal.
Shadows Over Camelot
Players: 3- 7
Playing time: 60- 80 mins
Beware of the traitor sitting at the Round Table. Shadows Over Camelot is a collaborative game with a malevolent twist.
At the incarnation of the Knights of the Round Table, players join forces against the game itself with the united hopes of protecting Camelot.
Players will go through a series of legendary quests that need to be successfully completed. Some quests will be to search for Excalibur, Lancelot’s Armor, and The Holy Grail. Players also fight in tournaments and wars.
But, the game wouldn’t make the list if there wasn’t a bluffing element. Among you, one of the Knights is not quite noble and may turn out to be a traitor-in-waiting, looking to cause destruction from the shadows.
Shadows Over Camelot comes with 30 miniatures, 168 characters, and event cards, so there’s a huge variety to the game, giving it high replayability.
Players: 5- 10
Playing time: 45 mins
At the beginning of the game, each player is secretly and randomly assigned as a liberal or a fascist. One player is Secret Hitler.
The liberals are trying to pass their laws while the fascists are trying to secretly sabotage any liberal progress. Can the liberals find and stop Secret Hitler before it’s too late?
Secret Hitler has players elect a president and chancellor each round who work together to pass laws from a random deck of cards. This gives a fun luck element to the game as sometimes the deck of cards is all liberal, and sometimes you’ll just get unlucky, and a fascist law is passed.
The game moves pretty quickly and players take turns being in government positions which makes it engaging and intriguing throughout the game.
Players: 3- 6
Playing time: 15- 45 mins
No bluffing board games list would be complete without Skull. It’s purely bluffing, deceiving, and outthinking other players. Skull is simple to learn but dangerously difficult to win.
Each player starts with three rose cards and one skull card. Each turn, a player adds a disc to their pile or bets how many flowers could be revealed by revealing a skull. The stakes are high because revealing a skull has big consequences, you’ll lose a card.
The aim of the game is to keep your cards to the bitter end, so you’ll need to put those memory skills to good use while watching for deception.
Skull is a fast and fun game that’s played over many rounds making it a perfect bluffing party game!
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best bluffing games! The thrill of successfully executing a lie becomes quite addictive, so fair warning, you’ll be wanting to play these board games over and over again. Or at least until you perfect the art of persuasion.
What’s your favorite bluffing board game? Let us know in the comments below! We can’t wait to hear from you.