I love, love, love hidden role games. They are some of the most exciting, different, and fun experiences I have while gaming with friends. There are lots of things that make hidden role games great. They are usually easy to learn and require less setup time. They offer varying playstyles and different scenarios, so it breaks up the monotony that comes with other games. Finally, they are typically made for larger groups, so you can play with more friends, all together.

Today I have my top three hidden role games as of 2020. We have Obscurio, which is relatively new and more on the intricate side of things. One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a classic, easy to learn, and has lots of variation in gameplay. Finally, there is Spyfall, which is a great game for parties, easy to pick up, learn, and setup, and loads of fun.


Obscurio is a fantastic hidden role game. Again, it is a little more on the complex side, but it’s loads of fun and once you learn the initial rules, setup and rules explanation is a breeze. It’s made for 2 to 8 players, so it’s great for small and larger groups and has the interesting concept that even if the traitor is found the game continues.

The gameplay revolves around three different groups. You have the adventurers who are trying to get out of the crazy wizard’s library. The book who is trying to help them escape, and the traitor who is amongst the adventure’s ranks trying to sabotage them and trap them forever. It’s a great, crazy game, that is always a blast.


One Night Ultimate Werewolf is a great classic game. it has many spinoffs and many names, but this seems to be the most common name for it on the market. The game is for 3 to 8 players, also making it great for smaller and larger groups. The goal of the game is to find and kill the werewolves before they kill all the townsfolk.

What makes this game so great is the variation. It has so many different and fun roles to choose from and opens itself to lots of customization. It’s possible to make the game easier or harder for certain roles and is a fantastic game to teach people new to hidden role games because it’s a great base to explain other games as well.


Spyfall is a fun, easy, and quick game. It is a game for 3 to 8 players and is no trouble to learn and teach. The goal of the game is to find the spy amongst you and vote them out, or if you’re the spy to find the secret location the others are talking about.

The game is run on a timer so it’s over in a certain amount of time. It’s a great game for players to jump in and out of and have a blast. It is a fantastic party game.


Hidden role games are a wonderful collection of diverse and fun games that can be played and enjoyed by all. They are great for any number of players and any situation.  I highly recommend giving them a try and seeing what you think.

Amber Crook
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