The best games presented at the Spiel 1999 game fair in Essen, Germany 2024

Are you looking for a good new game? We have compared all games presented at the game fair "Spiel 1999" 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 1999 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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Game fair Essen from other years

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List with the top100 new releases of Spiel'99:

This list was last updated on March 31, 2024. We compared 70 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Bohnanza

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    Bohnanza is a unique card game about planting, trading, and harvesting beans. Unlike typical card games, you can't rearrange your hand, adding a strategic twist. The core of the game lies in trading beans with others to manage your hand effectively.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Bohnanza
    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Anno Domini: Seefahrer & Flieger

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Mamma Mia!

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    Mamma Mia! is a delightful card game from designer Uwe Rosenberg, blending strategy and memory skills in a fun pizza-making theme. Players compete to complete pizza orders by strategically playing ingredient cards into a common pool and timing their pizza baking to utilize the available ingredients in the kitchen.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Mamma Mia!
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Frank's Zoo

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    Frank's Zoo is a lively card game that challenges players to strategically rid themselves of all their cards across multiple hands, with scoring based on how quickly players can empty their hand each round. The game can be enjoyed in two modes: with consistent solo play or with alternating partners, adding a layer of strategy in team play.

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    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Arbos

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    โญ๏ธ Spiel des Jahres 2000

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    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  6. Elk Fest

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    • 2 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Kayanak

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    โญ๏ธ Spiel des Jahres 1999

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    ๐Ÿ‘ Good price!26โ‚ฌ atAmazon.de*
  8. TurfMaster

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  9. RoboRally

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    RoboRally is a dynamic and chaotic racing board game where players control robots in a high-stakes race through a hazardous factory. The game combines strategy, quick thinking, and a bit of luck to create an engaging and often humorous experience.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for RoboRally
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 45 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for RoboRally

    • YouTube Review for the game "RoboRally" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  10. Tikal

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    Tikal is a compelling strategy game set in the dense jungles of Central America, where players embark on an expedition to uncover lost temples and hidden treasures. As explorers, players reveal new parts of the jungle board, discovering temples that need to be excavated and treasures that can be collected. The objective is to score points by controlling these temples and treasures. Notably, Tikal is the first game in the renowned Mask Trilogy.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    โญ๏ธ Spiel des Jahres 1999

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  11. Anno Domini: Frauen

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    ๐Ÿ‘ Good price!12โ‚ฌ atAmazon.de*
  12. The Rose King

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    The Rose King (originally published as Texas) is a strategic board game that pits two playersโ€”or two teams in a four-player partnership variantโ€”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.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Nicht die Bohne!

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. Kippit

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  15. Union Pacific

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    Union Pacific is a strategic train-themed stock market game where players navigate the balance between expanding railway companies and acquiring stock shares. The game revolves around increasing the value of different companies by extending their rail lines and strategically managing your stock portfolio for maximum dividends.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 1999

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  16. Kahuna

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    Kahuna is a strategic two-player game set in the South Seas, where players take on the roles of Kahuna โ€“ powerful sorcerers of the Pacific. The game revolves around competing for dominance over an archipelago of twelve small islands.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Bus

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    Bus is a pioneering strategy game by Splotter Spellen, emerging from Essen 1999 as a standout creation by a group of students. This game challenges players to efficiently manage a public transportation system to deliver as many passengers to their destinations as possible. The game combines route planning, passenger distribution, and timing to create a deeply strategic and competitive experience.

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  18. Bargain Hunter

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    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Space Beans

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Nichts als ร„rger!

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. Matschig

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  22. Die Mauer

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. Lifetime

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  24. Taj Mahal

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    Taj Mahal is a strategic board game set in northwest India during the early 18th century, a time when the power of the Grand Moguls was declining. This historical setting provides a rich backdrop for a game of influence and palace building.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Taj Mahal
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  25. Schrille Stille

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. Aladdin's Dragons

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    Aladdin's Dragons (also known as Morgenland), developed from Richard Breese's Keydom, evolves the bidding and resource management mechanics into a vibrant, strategic board game that transports players to a realm of magical intrigue. Through clever placement of numbered bidding chips on a tripartite board, players engage in a tense contest of wits and bluffing. The objective is to amass wealth and magical artifacts, with treasure tokens serving as the pivotal currency for advancement.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Aladdin's Dragons
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. Torres

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    Torres is an abstract strategy game centered around the themes of castle building and strategic pawn movement. It is known for its deep tactical gameplay and resource management elements.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    โญ๏ธ Spiel des Jahres 2000

    More details for Torres
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Torres

    • YouTube Review for the game "Torres" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  28. Maskenball Venezia

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    • 5 - 12 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  29. Vinci

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    Vinci draws inspiration from games like History of the World, challenging players to navigate through various European civilizations to amass the most points. Each civilization comes with its unique powers, allowing players to expand their empires and strategically outmaneuver their opponents. The essence of the game revolves around the judicious management of civilizationsโ€”knowing precisely when to let one decline in order to adopt another more advantageous one. This tactic is key to accumulating points and achieving victory.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Vinci
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  30. Tales of the Arabian Nights

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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