A group of Mensa members who also happen to be board game enthusiasts gather together each year over a weekend to play a TON of board games and select their Annual Mensa Select recipients. This is a list of five games that are original in concept, challenging, well designed, and easy to comprehend and play.  This year’s winners are listed below!


Azul – Plan B Games

2-4 Players

All Ages

Players compete decorating the walls of the palace by drafting a variety of tiles, the best artisan will maximize the score while not wasting supplies.

Constellations: The Game of Stargazing and the Night Sky – Xtronaut Enterprises

2-4 Players

All Ages

Card-based puzzle game where players are stargazers learning about stars and constellations and competing to piece together the night sky.

Ex Libris – Renegade Game Studio

2-4 Players

Age 13 +

Become the Grand Librarian by sending your assistants to town to acquire rare books. Alphabetize these tomes in your library before the inspector arrives!

Photosynthesis – Blue Orange Games

2-4 Players

All Ages

Shape the everchanging forest as you cultivate your seeds and your strategy. Take your trees through their life cycles and earn points as they collect energy from the rotating sun’s rays.

Check out our review!

Raiders of the North Sea – Renegade Game Studios

2-4 Players

Age 13 +

Set sail as a Viking warrior! Assemble a crew, journey north to plunder treasure, and accept your fate with the Valkyries! It’s raiding season!

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By Stephen Duetzmann

Editor in Chief Founder/EiC EngagedFamilyGaming.com Blogger, Podcaster, Video Host RE: games that families can play together. Editor@engagedfamilygaming.com

One thought on “2018 Mensa Select Winners Have Been Announced!”
  1. How about games for families for with more than 2 kiddos? As a family of 5, with three kiddos ages 6, 10 and 12 we are always on the hunt for smart games that we can ALL play at the same time.

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