The Spiel des Jahres is probably the most important prize for board games in the world. Every year, game designers, artists, and publishers eagerly await the results of the committee.
What is the Spiel des Jahres?
The Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) title has been awarded since 1979 and is such an important award that it is sometimes referred to as the “Oscar for board games”.
What are the Awards?
The Spiel des Jahres awards are threefold. They include the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) winner, the Kennerspiel des Jahres (Connoisseur’s Game of the Year) award, and the Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children’s Game of the Year) award.
Kennerspiel des Jahres
Some of the Kennerspiel des Jahres winners include: 7 Wonders: Duel, The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, Quacks of Quedlinburg, Living Forest, Terraforming Mars, Paleo, Wingspan, Fantasy Realms, Clank! A Deck-Building Adventure, Captain Sonar, 7 Wonders, Targi, Lost Ruins of Arnak, The King’s Dilemma, Concordia, Raiders of the North Sea, Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King, Aeon’s End, Res Arcana, Blood Rage, Architects of the West Kingdom, The Grizzled, Ark Nova, Istanbul, Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion, Orléans, Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game, and Dune: Imperium.
Kinderspiel des Jahres
Some of the Kinderspiel des Jahres winners include: Zombie Kidz Evolution, Rhino Hero: Super Battle, Outfoxed!, Ice Cool, Animal Upon Animal, Dragomino, The Magic Labyrinth, Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters, Concept Kids: Animals, Sleeping Queens, and My First Stone Age
Spiel des Jahres Winners by Year
2022 Winner: Cascadia
ABOUT CASCADIA: 1-4 Players | 30-45 minutes | 10+
Cascadia was nominated for 5 awards and won 3. Read our full CASCADIA REVIEW here!
- Take A Journey To The Pacific Northwest As You Compete To Create...
- 1-4 Players
- 5 Minute Setup Time
2021 Winner: MicroMacro: Crime City
ABOUT MICROMACRO: 1-4 Players | 15-45 minutes | 12+
MicroMacro: Crime City was nominated for 13 awards and won 7.
- Welcome to Crime City, a city where crime lurks around every...
- MicroMacro - Crime City is a cooperative detective game.
- Together, the players solve 16 tricky criminal cases by...
2020 Winner: Pictures
ABOUT PICTURES: 3-5 Players | 20-30 Minutes | 8+
Pictures was nominated for 4 awards and won 2.
- For 3-5 Players. 30 minute playing time. Ages 8+
- A quick-playing family game with very simple rules
- Form the image on your secret picture with one set of components
2019 Winner: Just One
ABOUT JUST ONE: 3-7 Players | 20 minutes | 8+
Just One was nominated for 14 awards and won 3.
- COOPERATIVE PARTY GAME: Just One is a cooperative party game in...
- FAST-PACED GAMEPLAY: A complete game is played over 13 cards. One...
- STRATEGY GAME: Score as close to 13 points as possible. All...
2018 Winner: Azul
ABOUT AZUL: 2-4 Players | 30-45 minutes | 8+
Azul was nominated for 29 awards and won 19. Read our full AZUL REVIEW here!
2017 Winner: Kingdomino
ABOUT KINGDOMINO: 2-4 Players | 15-25 minutes | 8+
Kingdomino was nominated for 17 awards and won 7. Read our full KINGDOMINO REVIEW here.
- Strategy Tabletop Board Game: Kingdomino Is One Of The...
- Family Or Adult Strategy Game: This 2 To 4 Players Fantasy Game...
- How To Play: Kingdomino Is A Card Drafting And Tile Placement...
2016 Winner: Codenames
ABOUT CODENAMES: 2-8 Players | 15 minutes | 14+
Codenames was nominated for 27 awards and won 15. Read our full CODENAMES REVIEW here.
- Work together to contact all of your agents before the other...
- A perfect party game experience for game nights
- 2-8+ player (in two teams)
2015 Winner: Colt Express
ABOUT COLT EXPRESS: 2-6 Players | 40 Minutes | 10+
Colt Express was nominated for 18 awards and won 8.
2014 Winner: Camel Up
ABOUT CAMEL UP: 2-8 Players | 20-30 Minutes | 8+
Camel Up was nominated for 13 awards and won 2. Read our full CAMEL UP REVIEW here.
- LIGHT-HEARTED PARTY GAME: In Camel Up, up to eight players bet on...
- STRATEGY GAME: Players must strategize over where to place their...
- DICE ROLLING GAME: Who's going to run when? That all depends on...
2013 Winner: Hanabi
ABOUT HANABI: 2-5 Players | 25 Minutes | 8+
Hanabi was nominated for 7 awards and won 3. Read our full HANABI REVIEW here.
2012 Winner: Kingdom Builder
ABOUT KINGDOM BUILDER: 2-4 Players | 45 Minutes | 8+
Kingdom Builder was nominated for 12 awards and won 2.
- Strategy game for the whole family
- Beginners to advanced players
- High level of interaction
2011 Winner: Qwirkle
ABOUT QWIRKLE: 2-4 Players | 45 Minutes | 6+
Qwirkle was nominated for 12 awards and won 2. Read our full QWIRKLE REVIEW here.
- Tactical Strategy: Featuring A Massive Amount Of In Game Choices,...
- Easy To Follow Rules: An Engaging Game With Easy To Follow Rules,...
- Games That Teach: Qwirkle Is Playable From Early Ages Up,...
2010 Winner: Dixit
ABOUT DIXIT: 3-6 Players | 30 minutes | 8+
Dixit was nominated for 21 awards and won 10. Read our full DIXIT REVIEW here.
- AN UPDATED VERSION OF THE CLASSIC STORYTELLING GAME: Dixit is a...
- CREATIVE GUESSING GAME: Each round, one player selects a card and...
- ENGAGING DREAMLIKE ILLUSTRATIONS: Dixit features 84 cards with...
2009 Winner: Dominion
ABOUT DOMINION: 2-4 Players | 30 minutes | 13+
- 2nd Edition features updated cards, artwork and streamlined rules
- Tactical game for 2-4 Players
- 30 minute playing time
2008 Winner: Keltis
ABOUT KELTIS: 2-4 Players | 30 Minutes | 10+
Keltis was nominated for 6 awards and won 1.
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We hope you enjoyed our list of the Spiel des Jahres winners by year back to 2008! Have you tried any of the games on this list? Which are your favorites? Drop a comment below and let us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you.