The best games presented at the Spiel 2001 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 2001" 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 2001 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'01:

This list was last updated on March 31, 2024. We compared 44 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Pick Picknic

    All details for the board game Pick Picknic and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. Villa Paletti

    All details for the board game Villa Paletti and similar games

    Villa Paletti is an engaging and whimsical game designed for 2 to 4 players, aged 8 and up, that challenges budding architects to construct a towering structure. Set in a land of blooming lemons, players follow in the footsteps of the sage "Paletti" who sought to complete his grandfather's unfinished castle in the sky. The twist in Paletti's plan is to reuse old columns from the lower levels of the castle to build higher floors, creating a daring and precarious architectural marvel – the Villa Paletti.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2002

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Stick 'Em

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    Stick 'Em, initially released as Sticheln, is a captivating trick-taking card game that turns traditional card game objectives on their head. Players aim to score points by collecting as many cards as possible, except in one chosen colorβ€”referred to as their "pain" colorβ€”which they seek to avoid. The game involves both strategic depth and a twist of predicting opponents' moves to avoid pitfalls.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Stick 'Em
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Stick 'Em

    • YouTube Review for the game "Stick 'Em" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  4. Kupferkessel Co.

    All details for the board game Kupferkessel Co. and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Heimlich & Co.

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    Heimlich & Co. is a clever and secretive board game where players maneuver a group of spies around a track to earn points, all while keeping their true identity hidden. The game's unique twist lies in the mystery of each player's color, only revealed at the end, making deduction and misdirection key elements of play. With a simple roll of the dice, players decide how to advance the spies, influencing the scoring but trying to conceal their motives.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1986

    More details for Heimlich & Co.
    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
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  6. Ka-Ching!

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Eynsteyn

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Bus

    All details for the board game Bus and similar games

    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
  9. Atlantic Star

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

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Schuss und Tor

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  12. High Bohn

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Starship Catan

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    Starship Catan takes you on an interstellar adventure for two players, blending the thematic elements of Starfarers of Catan with a unique gameplay experience. This card-based game focuses on exploration, strategy, and resource management. Players explore shuffled decks to find new colonies, engage in trade, assist planets, and face off against pirates. The game's depth comes from upgrading your starship's various systems - weapons for combating pirates, thrusters for deeper space exploration, scanners to foresee upcoming challenges, and more. Victory is achieved by earning points through colonies, upgraded systems, friendship, and heroism, with the goal to reach 10 VP first.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Starship Catan
    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. A House Divided: War Between the States 1861-65

    All details for the board game A House Divided: War Between the States 1861-65 and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 240 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Save Doctor Lucky

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    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Shark

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. The Great Brain Robbery

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. The Gnumies

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Gargon

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. Draco & Co

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. Ein Arsch kommt selten allein

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  22. Industrial Waste

    All details for the board game Industrial Waste and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  23. Auweier

    All details for the board game Auweier and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Ben Hurt

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. LibertΓ©

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for LibertΓ©
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for LibertΓ©

    • YouTube Review for the game "LibertΓ©" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  26. Urland

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  27. Der Herr der Ringe: Die GefΓ€hrten – Das Kartenspiel

    All details for the board game Der Herr der Ringe: Die GefΓ€hrten – Das Kartenspiel and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. FrachtExpress

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    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. The Yeti Slalom

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  30. Funkenschlag

    All details for the board game Funkenschlag and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Funkenschlag
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 180 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn

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