The 2017 winner of the coveted German Game of the Year or Spiel des Jahres award is Kingdomino. Kingdomino is a simple little tile laying game with elements borrowed from other games, in particular, Carcassonne and Dominoes. These are combined to make a well presented family game where players taking it in turns to add to their kingdom by placing dominoes that depict different terrains types. We have played Kingdomino several times on a Tuesday evening and everyone who has played it has enjoyed it. Discussing it among the group, everyone has felt that it is a fun, light filler that is very accessible and is a worthy winner. The Kennerspiel des Jahres was awarded at the same time. This honours more challenging games and was first introduced in 2011 to make up for the fact that the main, Spiel des Jahres award had moved away from the slightly more involved fare (like El Grande and TIkal) towards lighter, more family friendly games (like Dixit and Qwirkle).
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Unusually, this year the Kennerspiel des Jahres award went to a series of games: EXIT: Das Spiel. These are cooperative games that reproduce the experience of an escape room by providing a series of puzzles inside a game box. There are currently five of these games, though the award is for the first three, The Abandoned Cabin, The Pharaoh’s Tomb, and The Secret Lab. Unfortunately, as a group we rarely play cooperative games and are not huge fans of the modern trend for social deduction type games, which means we are unlikely to play this soon on a Tuesday evening. The Kinderspiel des Jahres award was announced last month and went to Ice Cool which is a beautiful dexterity race game with cool little “weeble” penguins and wooden fish pegs.
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