Our predictions for the Winners of the Spiel des Jahres🇩🇪 2021 Award 2024

The Spiel des Jahres jury announced the nominations and the list of recommendations for Spiel des Jahres 2021, Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021 and Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021 on 05/17/2021. Then, on 06/14/2021, the Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021 Award was presented first - and finally, on 07/19/2021, the Spiel des Jahres 2021 and Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021 Award will be awarded.

In the list below you will find what we think are the hottest candidates for the coveted German game award. The games must be submitted to the jury by the end of March 2021. I.e. only games published in Germany from April 2020 to March 2021 can be included for the Spiel des Jahres 2021.

Our predictions: Winner of the Spiel des Jahres 🇩🇪 2021

  • Spiel des Jahres 2021 (Game of the Year): (will be awarded on 19.07.2021)
    Our pick: MicroMacro: Crime City
  • Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021 (Connoisseur's game of the year): (will be awarded on 19.07.2021)
    Our prediction: Fantasy Realms
  • Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021 (Children's game of the year): (awarded on 06/14/2021)
    Dragomino (as we bredicted)

All "Spiel des Jahres" years listed individually

The German Award "Spiel des Jahres" (engl. "Game of the Year") has been awarded since 1979. We have therefore created separate lists for all years, all award types (game of the year, connoisseur game, children's game) and all nominees:

Spiel des Jahres nominations and recommendations also very good

In our "Spiel des Jahres"-2021 list you will find enclosed not only the expected winners, but all games of the recommendation list (longlist) as well as the nomination list (shortlist) for Spiel des Jahres 2021, Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021 and the Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021.

Which game do you think will be nominated and who will be the winner in the different categories of Spiel des Jahres 2021? Write us at tibi+brettspiele@cephea.de.

List of our favorites for "Spiel des Jahres 2021"

Attached all our favorites for "Spiel des Jahres 2021" award in comparison:

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 24 board games for this list and selected the top 23. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. MicroMacro: Crime City

    All details for the board game MicroMacro: Crime City and similar games

    MicroMacro: Crime City is a unique detective game that immerses players into a detailed and expansive cityscape to solve intriguing crimes. The game centers around a large, detailed map of a city where various crimes have occurred. Players become detectives tasked with unraveling these mysteries using the clues scattered across the city.

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 11.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for MicroMacro: Crime City
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  2. Point Salad

    All details for the board game Point Salad and similar games

    Point Salad is a dynamic and engaging card drafting game that is suitable for players of all ages. It stands out for its simplicity and the vast array of scoring strategies it offers.

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 3.

    More details for Point Salad
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!Check for best price now atAmazon*

    Video reviews for Point Salad

    • YouTube Review for the game "Point Salad" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Point Salad" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  3. Fantasy Realms

    All details for the board game Fantasy Realms and similar games

    Fantasy Realms immerses players in the role of rulers striving to build the most powerful realm. This card game is all about strategic combinations and choices, with every decision shaping the strength and nature of your realm.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Fantasy Realms
    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  4. Zombie Teenz Evolution

    All details for the board game Zombie Teenz Evolution and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Zombie Teenz Evolution
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Zombie Teenz Evolution

    • YouTube Review for the game "Zombie Teenz Evolution" by The Dice Tower
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Zombie Teenz Evolution" by Meeple University
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Zombie Teenz Evolution" by Scorpion Masqué
      Video is in English
  5. Dragomino

    All details for the board game Dragomino and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Dragomino
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  6. Lost Ruins of Arnak

    All details for the board game Lost Ruins of Arnak and similar games

    Lost Ruins of Arnak is an adventurous board game that blends deck-building with worker placement, set on an unexplored island filled with remnants of an ancient civilization.

    Nominated for 29 awards and won 13.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Lost Ruins of Arnak
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  7. The Adventures of Robin Hood

    All details for the board game The Adventures of Robin Hood and similar games

    The Adventures of Robin Hood offers a refreshing and innovative approach to board gaming, immersing players in the legendary tales of Robin Hood and his merry band in 1193 England. This game distinguishes itself with a dynamic game board that evolves and changes, reflecting the players' actions and choices throughout their quest against the tyranny of Prince John and his minions. With a unique movement mechanism and a story-driven gameplay that forgoes traditional cards for a narrative-driven hardcover book, players will find themselves deeply engaged in the forests and villages of Nottinghamshire.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for The Adventures of Robin Hood
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  8. Aeon's End

    All details for the board game Aeon's End and similar games

    In the concealed underground city of Gravehold, survivors of a distant invasion find solace. Here, amidst the remnants of a desperate society, they unearth a revelation: the energy emanating from breaches, the very conduits exploited by hostile beings, can be harnessed. Various gems allow them to transmute malevolent energies into beneficial spells and weapons, becoming the last bastion of defense—the breach mages.

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 46% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Aeon's End
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*

    Video reviews for Aeon's End

    • YouTube Review for the game "Aeon's End" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

    All details for the board game Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion and similar games

    Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is a standalone adventure game that serves as a prequel to the highly acclaimed Gloomhaven. It's designed to be more accessible to a broader audience, with streamlined rules and an integrated tutorial.

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 5.

    More details for Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  10. Inspektor Nase

    All details for the board game Inspektor Nase and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Paleo

    All details for the board game Paleo and similar games

    Paleo is a cooperative adventure game set in the Stone Age, where players work together to ensure the survival of their human characters while completing various missions. The ultimate goal? To paint a woolly mammoth on a wall, leaving a mark of your existence (or just because it looks cool).

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Paleo
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  12. Biss 20

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    🔥 Deal: 10% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Biss 20
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  13. Storytailors

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Storytailors
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. Riftforce

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Riftforce
    • 2 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  15. Mia London and the Case of the 625 Scoundrels

    All details for the board game Mia London and the Case of the 625 Scoundrels and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Mia London and the Case of the 625 Scoundrels
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Chakra

    All details for the board game Chakra and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. The Key: Sabotage at Lucky Llama Land

    All details for the board game The Key: Sabotage at Lucky Llama Land and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Dream Catcher

    All details for the board game Dream Catcher and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Dream Catcher
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  19. Switch & Signal

    All details for the board game Switch & Signal and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Switch & Signal

    • YouTube Review for the game "Switch & Signal" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  20. Barrage

    All details for the board game Barrage and similar games

    Barrage is a strategic resource management board game set in the 1930s, during a time when the industrial revolution has pushed the use of fossil fuels to its limits. The game revolves around the theme of hydroelectric energy generation, where players compete to build and manage efficient hydroelectric dam systems.

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Barrage
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  21. Käpt'n Kuller

    All details for the board game Käpt'n Kuller and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  22. Swip'Sheep

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Swip'Sheep
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  23. Tapikekoi

    All details for the board game Tapikekoi and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    👍 Good price!Check for best price now atAmazon*

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