For 39 years Spiel des Jahres (Literally, ‘Game of the Year’ in German) has been awarded to games that German-speaking game critics find are the best games. They consider everything from game-play to box design, and have been credited with helping to fuel the ‘Euro-Game’ explosion that has become a world-wide phenomena over the last two decades.

Spiel des Jares Board Game winners, from 1987

Spiel des Jahres winners since 1987. A winner is pretty much guaranteed to be a fun game.

 

The list of Spiel des Jahres winners. (From Wikipedia)

Year

Game Title

Designer

Publisher

2017KingdominoBruno CathalaBlue-Orange Games
2016CodenamesVlaada ChvátilCzech Games Edition
2015Colt ExpressChristophe RaimbaultLudonaute
2014Camel UpSteffen BogenEggertspiele
2013HanabiAntoine BauzaAbacusspiele
2012Kingdom BuilderDonald X. VaccarinoQueen Games
2011QwirkleSusan McKinley RossMindware Spiele
2010DixitJean-Louis RoubiraLibellud
2009DominionDonald X. VaccarinoRio Grande Games
2008KeltisReiner KniziaKosmos
2007ZoolorettoMichael SchachtAbacus Spiele
2006Thurn and TaxisAndreas Seyfarth and Karen SeyfarthHans im Glück
2005NiagaraThomas LieschingZoch Verlag
2004Ticket to RideAlan R. MoonDays of Wonder
2003AlhambraDirk HennQueen Games
2002Villa PalettiBill PayneZoch Verlag
2001CarcassonneKlaus-Jürgen WredeHans im Glück
2000TorresWolfgang Kramer and Michael KieslingRavensburger
1999TikalWolfgang Kramer and Michael KieslingRavensburger
1998ElfenlandAlan R. MoonAmigo Spiele
1997Mississippi QueenWerner HodelGoldsieber
1996El GrandeWolfgang Kramer and Richard UlrichHans im Glück
1995The Settlers of CatanKlaus TeuberKosmos
1994ManhattanAndreas SeyfarthHans im Glück
1993Call my BluffRichard BorgF.X. Schmid
1992Um ReifenbreiteRob BontenbalJumbo
1991Drunter und DrüberKlaus TeuberHans im Glück
1990Adel VerpflichtetKlaus TeuberF.X. Schmid
1989Café InternationalRudi HoffmannMattel
1988BarbarossaKlaus TeuberAltenburger und Stralsunder
1987Auf AchseWolfgang KramerF.X. Schmid
1986Top Secret SpiesWolfgang KramerRavensburger
1985Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective (gamebook)Raymond Edwards, Suzanne Goldberg and Gary GradyKosmos
1984Railway RivalsDavid WattsSchmidt Spiele
1983Scotland YardWerner Schlegel, Dorothy Garrels, Fritz Ifland, Manfred Burggraf, Werner Scheerer and Wolf HoermannRavensburger
1982Enchanted ForestAlex Randolph and Michel MatschossRavensburger
1981FocusSid SacksonParker
1980RummikubEphraim HertzanoIntelli
1979Hare and TortoiseDavid ParlettRavensburger