The Spiel Des Jahres awards go to the best board games released in a German speaking country during the previous year or current year. The award is a high prestige for the winner. There are three awards each year: The Spiel Des Jahres (The Game of the Year), the Kinderspiel Des Jahres (Children’s Game of the year), and the Kennerspiel Des Jahres (Connoisseur Game of the year).
Spiel Des Jahres
- Party Game
- 3-5 players
- Ages 8+
- Play time: 30 Minutes
- US Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Pictures is a unique party game that takes place over five rounds. The game begins with a field of 16 photo cards placed in a four by four grid. Then each player uses a series of unique items to best represent one picture. The kinds of objects are radically different and each have their own challenges.
Materials sets used to recreate photo:
- 2 Shoelaces
- 6 Wooden Building Blocks
- Wooden cubes and Picture frame
- picture cards, hand drawn style
- 4 Sticks, 4 Stones
Once the pictures are recreated, each player guesses which pictures the objects represent. Players earn points by correctly guessing, and having your picture correctly guessed. Materials pass, allowing all players to use all five different materials, and the creating beings again.
- My City by Reiner Knizia
- Nova Luna by Uwe Rosenberg and Corné van Moorsel
Kinderspiel Des Jahres
- Dexterity Game
- 1-4 players
- Ages 4+
- Play time: 20 Minutes
- Publisher: Lifestyle Boardgames / Piatnik
Speedy roll is an adorable and versatile game for young players. The little hedgehogs want to get home, but they are hungry along the way. The game uses two different components for the hedgehogs: an adorable felt ball with eyes and wooden hedgehog meeples. Players roll the felt ball hedgehog through a field of mushrooms, leaves, and apples, which are tokens with a velcro back to collect food. The food collected is what directs the meeple’s journey along the path. However, too much food weights you down, and you do not move at all.
What is unique about this game is there is the option to play it competitively or cooperatively. When playing competitively, the hedgehogs are racing to be the first one home. In the cooperative version, there is only one hedgehog and he is trying to get home before the fox catches him.
Speedy Roll is not currently available in the United States.
- Photo Fish by Michael Kallauch
- We are the Robots by Reinhard Staupe
Kennerspiel Des Jahres
The Crew: Quest for Planet 9
- Cooperative Trick Taking Game
- 3 to 5 players
- Ages 10+
- Play time: 20 Minutes per mission
- Publisher: Kosmos
The Crew combines two unique gaming styles, cooperative and trick taking. Players take on the roll of a space crew trying to complete missions. The rule books tells the story of each mission as well as the conditions players need to follow to succeed. Once a mission is completes successfully players can move on to the next mission. The game has 50 mission, which increase in intensity both within the story and in the requirements needed to be successful.
One additional challenge, players are limited on how much the can communicate. A communication token provides information once per mission, and is based on where it is place on the card placed on the table. Different locations communicate different information to the other players.
For a small game, and modest number of components there is a lot of game packed into the small box.
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