Our predictions for the Winners of the Spiel des Jahres🇩🇪 2023 Award 2024

The Spiel des Jahres jury announced the nominations and the list of recommendations for Spiel des Jahres 2023, Kennerspiel des Jahres 2023 and Kinderspiel des Jahres 2023 on 05/17/2023. Then, on 06/14/2023, the Kinderspiel des Jahres 2023 Award was presented first - and finally, on 07/19/2023, the Spiel des Jahres 2023 and Kennerspiel des Jahres 2023 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 2023. I.e. only games published in Germany from April 2022 to March 2023 can be included for the Spiel des Jahres 2023.

Our predictions: Winner of the Spiel des Jahres 🇩🇪 2023

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"-2023 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 2023, Kennerspiel des Jahres 2023 and the Kinderspiel des Jahres 2023.

Which game do you think will be nominated and who will be the winner in the different categories of Spiel des Jahres 2023? Write us at tibi+brettspiele@cephea.de.

List of our favorites for "Spiel des Jahres 2023"

Attached all our favorites for "Spiel des Jahres 2023" award in comparison:

This list was last updated on February 25, 2024. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. HITSTER

    All details for the board game HITSTER and similar games
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!20€ atAmazon.de*
  2. Sea Salt & Paper

    All details for the board game Sea Salt & Paper and similar games

    Sea Salt & Paper is a set collection card game that combines strategic decision-making with the excitement of timing your moves just right. Similar to Rummy in gameplay, it involves collecting sets of cards to score points, while also navigating the timing of when to end the round for optimal advantage.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Sea Salt & Paper
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!11€ atAmazon.de*
  3. Dorfromantik: The Board Game

    All details for the board game Dorfromantik: The Board Game and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for Dorfromantik: The Board Game
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!28€ atAmazon.de*
  4. Next Station: London

    All details for the board game Next Station: London and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for Next Station: London
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 25 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. Planet Unknown

    All details for the board game Planet Unknown and similar games

    Planet Unknown is a competitive and strategic game for 1-6 players set in a future where Earth's resources are depleted. Players are tasked with developing the most efficient and habitable planet among a series of newfound worlds. Using polyomino-shaped tiles, each representing vital infrastructure, players work to efficiently cover their planets and build an effective support system for life.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for Planet Unknown
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 80 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!59€ atAmazon.de*
  6. My First Adventure: Finding the Dragon

    All details for the board game My First Adventure: Finding the Dragon and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!22€ atAmazon.de*
  7. Mindbug: First Contact

    All details for the board game Mindbug: First Contact and similar games

    Mindbug: First Contact is an innovative and strategic duel card game where players summon unique hybrid creatures to battle their opponent. However, the twist lies in the Mindbug cards, which can turn the tide of the game by allowing players to take control of an opponent's creature.

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Mindbug: First Contact
    • 2 Players
    • 15 - 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Akropolis

    All details for the board game Akropolis and similar games

    Akropolis is a strategic board game set in ancient Greece, where players take on the roles of skilled architects competing to build the most prestigious city. The game focuses on urban planning, resource management, and tactical tile placement.

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 9.

    More details for Akropolis
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. That's Not a Hat

    All details for the board game That's Not a Hat and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for That's Not a Hat
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de*
  10. Fun Facts

    All details for the board game Fun Facts and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for Fun Facts
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de*
  11. Unlock! Kids: Detective Stories

    All details for the board game Unlock! Kids: Detective Stories and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Unlock! Kids: Detective Stories
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 60 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Turtle Splash!

    All details for the board game Turtle Splash! and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Turtle Splash!
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!16€ atAmazon.de*
  13. MANTIS

    All details for the board game MANTIS and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for MANTIS
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!19€ atAmazon.de*
  14. Challengers!

    All details for the board game Challengers! and similar games

    Challengers! offers a fresh and dynamic deck-management experience, where 1-8 players engage in a tournament-style battle that lasts around 45 minutes, regardless of the number of players. This game stands out by allowing players to encounter a new opponent in each round, pushing the excitement and strategic planning to new heights with every match.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Kennerspiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for Challengers!
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!31€ atAmazon.de*
  15. Unlock!: Game Adventures

    All details for the board game Unlock!: Game Adventures and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Carla Caramel

    All details for the board game Carla Caramel and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for Carla Caramel
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 10 - 25 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  17. Gigamons

    All details for the board game Gigamons and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for Gigamons
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!22€ atAmazon.de*
  18. Mysterium Kids: Captain Echo's Treasure

    All details for the board game Mysterium Kids: Captain Echo's Treasure and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for Mysterium Kids: Captain Echo's Treasure
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 21 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de*
  19. KuZOOkA

    All details for the board game KuZOOkA and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. IKI

    All details for the board game IKI and similar games

    In IKI: A Game of EDO Artisans, players are transported to the bustling streets of historical Edo (now Tokyo), specifically the renowned Nihonbashi district. This game offers a vivid portrayal of life in Edo, where an estimated one million people, including townspeople and samurai, thrived. The vibrant shopping culture of Nihonbashi, with its array of shops selling kimonos, rice, and other goods, forms the backdrop for this immersive game.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for IKI
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  21. My First Adventure: Discovering Atlantis

    All details for the board game My First Adventure: Discovering Atlantis and similar games
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!20€ atAmazon.de*
  22. My First Adventure: Journey to Ochre Land

    All details for the board game My First Adventure: Journey to Ochre Land and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!20€ atAmazon.de*
  23. My First Adventure: The Odyssey of the Phobos

    All details for the board game My First Adventure: The Odyssey of the Phobos and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!20€ atAmazon.de*
  24. Council of Shadows

    All details for the board game Council of Shadows and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!34€ atAmazon.de*
  25. My First Adventure: The Egg Snatcher

    All details for the board game My First Adventure: The Egg Snatcher and similar games
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!19€ atAmazon.de*
  26. My First Adventure: The Wreck-it Race

    All details for the board game My First Adventure: The Wreck-it Race and similar games
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. My First Adventure: The Queen of Daisy Dell

    All details for the board game My First Adventure: The Queen of Daisy Dell and similar games
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!20€ atAmazon.de*
  28. Douzanimo

    All details for the board game Douzanimo and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable

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