The best games presented at the Spiel 2005 game fair in Essen, Germany 2024

Are you looking for a good new game? We have compared all the games presented at the game fair "Spiel 2005" in Essen and listed the top100.

Game fair in the German city of Essen

The International Game Days "SPIEL", often called the Essen Game Fair or Essen 2005 after the city where it is held, is an annual four-day board game fair that is also open to the public. Many new games are released at the fair each year, especially (but not exclusively) European-style board games.

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List with the top100 new releases of Spiel'05:

This list was last updated on April 18, 2024. We compared 67 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Winner's Circle

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    Winner's Circle is a thrilling board game that brings the excitement of horse racing to your table. Players get to place bets on various horses and try to accumulate the most money over the course of three races. It’s a game of chance, strategy, and a bit of intuition, making it a great pick for family game nights or gatherings with friends.

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Fairy Tale

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    Fairy Tale is a fast-paced card game that combines elements of drafting and simultaneous action selection. Players strategically choose cards to score points while also attempting to disrupt their opponents' plans. The game's quick rounds and dynamic card interactions make for an engaging and competitive experience.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Fairy Tale
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Railways of the World

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    Railways of the World, initially released as Railroad Tycoon, is a grand-scale board game where players build and manage their own railroad empire. This 2009 edition revitalizes the original with several improvements and expanded features.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Railways of the World
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  4. Wings of War: Burning Drachens

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    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. CATAN 3D Collector's Edition

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    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  6. Aton

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    Aton is an intriguing board game set against the backdrop of a tumultuous period in ancient Egyptian history, where theological upheaval and power struggles define the era. As Pharaoh Akhnaton ascends to the throne, he seeks to revolutionize Egyptian worship by replacing the old deity Amon with Aton, sparking a fierce conflict with the entrenched priesthood.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Aton
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Power Grid: France/Italy

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    Power Grid: France/Italy is an expansion for the acclaimed board game Power Grid, introducing two new maps and slight rule modifications to enrich the gameplay experience. This expansion requires the base game to play, as it builds on Power Grid's foundation of strategic power supply management and competitive network building.

    More details for Power Grid: France/Italy
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
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  8. Mission: Red Planet

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    Mission: Red Planet is a strategic board game set in the year 1888, where Steampunk technology has enabled mankind to reach Mars. Designed by Bruno Faidutti and Bruno Cathala, this game immerses players in a competitive race to colonize Mars and exploit its valuable resources: the explosive element Celerium, the dense material Sylvanite, and water from Martian glaciers, which could potentially terraform the planet.

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Techno Witches

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2006

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 50 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Carcassonne: The Discovery

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    Carcassonne: The Discovery is a stand-alone game that revisits the core mechanics of the iconic Carcassonne series, transporting players to a newly discovered land filled with meadows, mountains, and seas. This iteration offers a simplified version of the classic gameplay while introducing nuanced strategic depth, making it accessible to newcomers and challenging for veterans alike. The goal of developing a game that retains simplicity in its rules but broadens strategic possibilities has been successfully achieved, offering a fresh and engaging experience.

    More details for Carcassonne: The Discovery
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: The Discovery

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: The Discovery" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  11. Caylus

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    Caylus is a deeply strategic board game that transports players to the year 1289, where they become master builders tasked with constructing a castle for King Philip the Fair of France and developing the surrounding city.

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 6.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2006

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 150 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  12. Hacienda

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    Hacienda is a strategy board game that transports players to the South American pampas, where they vie for dominance through savvy land and livestock management. With a blend of tile-laying, card buying, and strategic placement, players work to connect their livestock to markets, control valuable land, and accumulate wealth and points through careful planning and execution.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Hacienda
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  13. Key Largo

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Die Insel

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Antike

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    Antike is a compelling strategy game set in the ancient world, where players lead civilizations to glory through expansion, development, and competition. The game offers a rich historical backdrop, featuring ancient nations like the Greeks, Romans, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and others. Players focus on building cities, temples, and fleets, while also advancing in science and technology. Military might is crucial, as legions and galleys are needed to defend against enemies and establish new settlements. The board is two-sided, offering different scenarios for gameplay. Victory is achieved not through chance but by acquiring a set number of ancient personalities like kings, scholars, and generals, emphasizing strategic planning and diplomacy.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Antike
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Shear Panic

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    Shear Panic is a whimsical board game that captures the frolicsome life of a flock of sheep, presented by Fragor Games. Players dive into the pastoral joys and challenges of sheep, aiming to keep their flock in prime positions amidst games of tag, the allure of Roger the Heartthrob Ram, and the looming threat of the shearer.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Shear Panic
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  17. War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  18. Oltre Mare

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. Indonesia

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    Indonesia is a strategic economic game for 2-5 players who dive into the competitive world of growing economies in Indonesia. Each player aims to amass the most money by acquiring and developing production and shipping companies. These companies produce and deliver goods such as rice, spices, rubber, and oil to expanding cities, which in turn increases demand. The strategic depth of the game comes from managing production costs and shipping fees, researching advancements, and possibly merging companies to outmaneuver competitors. Players must keep their wealth secret and strategically time their operations, as money earned in the last round counts double. The game unfolds over three eras, each introducing new cities, companies, and goods, culminating in a final tally where the wealthiest player emerges victorious.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Indonesia
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 180 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  20. Beowulf: The Legend

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Aqua Romana

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2006

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Angkor

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. Robber Knights

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. PÜNCT

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  25. Ark

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. Mesopotamia

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  27. The End of the Triumvirate

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    • 2 - 3 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
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  28. Freya's Folly

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 50 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Street Illegal

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    • 1 - 7 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Timbuktu

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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