The best games presented at the Spiel 1988 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 1988" 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 1988 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.

More info about game fair "Spiel" is available on official game website.

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Spiel-Messe Essen from other years

The Essen Game Fair has been held since 1983, we have listed for you both across all game years and listed separately by year at the bottom of the page.

List with the top100 new releases of Spiel'88:

Unfortunately, we couldn't find any clear clues as to which games were newly unveiled at Spiel'88. If you have any tips for us, we would be very happy to receive a list with the games presented at the game fair:

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This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 28 board games for this list and selected the top 14. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Bandu

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    Bausack is a unique and engaging game that combines elements of strategy, dexterity, and auctioning. Players challenge each other to build precarious structures using a variety of uniquely shaped wooden blocks. The game tests your architectural skills and your ability to make strategic decisions under pressure. Players must balance the risk and reward of accepting or refusing blocks, using 'beans' as currency in auctions to influence decisions. The game ends when a player's structure collapses, leaving the last player standing as the winner.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Bandu
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. Ligretto

    All details for the board game Ligretto and similar games

    Ligretto is a fast-paced card game where each player has a unique deck of 40 cards, numbered 1-10 in four different colors. The game is dynamic and requires quick thinking and rapid play. The objective is to empty your Ligretto stack by playing cards to the center of the table, following specific rules. The game is played simultaneously, adding to the excitement and challenge.

    More details for Ligretto
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
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  3. Monster Mash

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
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    Video reviews for Monster Mash

    • YouTube Review for the game "Monster Mash" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  4. Barbarossa

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1988

    More details for Barbarossa
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Schuss und Tor

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  6. Elixir

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Entenrallye

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Showbiz

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. Illuminati

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    Illuminati is a classic board game designed by Steve Jackson, centered around the theme of world domination through covert influence and manipulation. Players represent secret societies, each vying for control over various special interest groups around the world. This latest edition of Illuminati enhances the game with additional cards and updated graphics, revitalizing the experience for modern players.

    More details for Illuminati
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  10. Lieber bairisch sterben

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 210 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  11. Die kecken Recken

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  12. Who Lives Where?

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 3+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. Ramses

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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