The best games presented at the Spiel 1997 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 1997" 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 1997 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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Spiel-Messe Essen from other years

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List with the top100 new releases of Spiel'97:

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 27 board games for this list and selected the top 19. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Bohnanza Erweiterungs-Set

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    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    πŸ”₯ Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  2. The Rose King

    All details for the board game The Rose King and similar games

    The Rose King (originally published as Texas) is a strategic board game that pits two playersβ€”or two teams in a four-player partnership variantβ€”against each other in an abstract battle for territory. Set against the historical backdrop of the Wars of the Roses, players assume the roles of the Lancaster and York factions, striving to dominate the board by forming contiguous regions of their markers.

    More details for The Rose King
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Slapshot

    All details for the board game Slapshot and similar games
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Metro

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    Metro is a strategic tile-placement board game where players build rail lines to score points. It shares similarities with games like "Streetcar," "Tsuro," "Tantrix," and "Spaghetti Junction," but distinguishes itself with unique gameplay elements.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Metro
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    πŸ”₯ Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  5. Tigris & Euphrates

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    Reiner Knizia's Tigris & Euphrates is a highly regarded strategy board game, often considered his masterpiece. It's set in the ancient fertile crescent and involves building civilizations through strategic tile placement.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Tigris & Euphrates
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Tigris & Euphrates

    • YouTube Review for the game "Tigris & Euphrates" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  6. Caesar & Cleopatra

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    In Caesar & Cleopatra, a two-player card game, participants step into the roles of these iconic historical figures, with Caesar advocating for Rome's invasion of Egypt and Cleopatra fighting for its independence. The core of the game revolves around influencing Roman officials - Aedils, Quaestors, Senators, Pretorians, and Censors - using agent cards numbered 1 to 5. Players must strategically decide whether to play these agents face-down for secrecy or face-up for greater influence. Additionally, action cards like Assassins and Scouts add layers of strategy, allowing players to remove opposing agents or reveal hidden ones. The game progresses by revealing votes from the Roman officials, with the player having the most influence winning their support. The game concludes once all officials have chosen sides, with victory going to the player who has garnered the most support, factoring in bonus points for majorities in specific groups and certain hidden objectives.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Caesar & Cleopatra
    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    πŸ”₯ Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  7. Canyon

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. GIPF

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    GIPF is a highly strategic two-player game that elevates the traditional concept of achieving four-in-a-row into a deeper tactical battle. The game stands out for its simplicity in rules but complexity in strategy, providing a rich tactical experience where players not only aim to create rows of four of their own pieces but also strategically capture their opponent's pieces, thereby altering the game state.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for GIPF
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Primordial Soup

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    Primordial Soup is a unique strategy game where each player guides a species of amoeboid organisms in an evolving ecosystem. Players must navigate a world where species depend on each other’s excreta for survival. The goal is to evolve your species to enhance its population and genetic sophistication. The game involves moving organisms, feeding, adapting to environmental changes, acquiring new genes, reproducing, and ultimately scoring points. The game ends when a species reaches 42 points or the environment cards run out. The available genes offer various abilities like improved movement control, efficient metabolism, and enhanced reproductive or defensive capabilities.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Primordial Soup
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  10. Sauerbaum

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1988

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    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Kismet

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    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  12. MARK

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Halunken & Spelunken

    All details for the board game Halunken & Spelunken and similar games
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. Make 5

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    • 2 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  15. El Grande: Grossinquisitor und Kolonien

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Hyle

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    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. Die Macher

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    Die Macher is a deeply strategic board game centered around seven sequential political races in various regions of Germany. Players take on the roles of leaders of national political parties, tasked with wisely managing their resources to lead their party to victory across these regional elections.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Die Macher
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  18. Dream Team

    All details for the board game Dream Team and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Dream Team

    • YouTube Review for the game "Dream Team" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  19. Sea-Life

    All details for the board game Sea-Life and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

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