The best games presented at the Spiel 2004 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 2004" 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 2004 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'04:

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 116 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. No Thanks!

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    No Thanks! is a straightforward and captivating card game that offers a blend of strategy and luck. The game's simplicity makes it appealing and accessible to a wide range of players.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for No Thanks!
    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. The Downfall of Pompeii

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    The Downfall of Pompeii is a thematic and tactical board game that transports players to the ancient city of Pompeii, just before and during its catastrophic destruction by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The game combines strategic planning with an element of luck, as players attempt to save as many of their pieces as possible from the disaster.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for The Downfall of Pompeii
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Wie ich die Welt sehe...

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    • 2 - 15 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Attribut 2

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

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    Jambo is a strategic card game that immerses players in the role of traders in Central Africa, competing to become the most successful merchant through savvy buying and selling. Set before colonization, the game captures the essence of traditional trading practices and market competition, with players aiming to earn wealth by dealing in various goods.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for Jambo
    • 2 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. 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
  7. Citadels: The Dark City

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    Citadels: The Dark City is an expansion for the popular strategy card game Citadels. This expansion enriches the gameplay experience with additional elements, including new characters and districts, as well as unique features that were initially part of the German edition of the game. It is now included with the 3rd Edition of Citadels.

    More details for Citadels: The Dark City
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Geistertreppe: Flaschengeist

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    • 5 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  9. Carcassonne: The City

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    Carcassonne: The City stands as a standalone game in the famed Carcassonne series, inviting players to collaboratively build an old town using tile-laying mechanics. As the town expands, a unique feature of this version comes into play: the construction of town walls, starting from a wooden gate and growing outward. These walls aren't just functional; they're made from delicately carved wooden parts, creating a visually stunning medieval town by the game's end.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Carcassonne: The City
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne: The City

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne: The City" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  10. Flix Mix

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Dance of Ibexes

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  12. Akaba

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for Akaba
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Piranha Pedro

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for Piranha Pedro
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. Razzia!

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Around the World in 80 Days

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    Around the World in 80 Days transports players into the adventurous spirit of Phileas Fogg's epic journey, as immortalized in Jules Verne's classic novel. This board game, adorned with Victorian-era decorations, challenges players to circumnavigate the globe faster than their rivals, using strategy, planning, and a bit of luck to outmaneuver one another and claim victory in this race against time.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for Around the World in 80 Days
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 50 - 70 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Around the World in 80 Days

    • YouTube Review for the game "Around the World in 80 Days" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  16. Niagara

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    Niagara is a captivating board game that transports players to the perilous and competitive world of 18th-century waterfall expeditions. Set against the backdrop of rushing Niagara Falls, players take on the roles of adventurers, directed by the Shawnee and Iroquois Indians, to discover hidden jewels. The game combines strategic planning with an innovative movement mechanism, all brought to life through a stunning three-dimensional representation of the falls.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for Niagara
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Alhambra: The City Gates

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Team Work Original

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for Team Work Original
    • 4 - 16 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Sole Mio!

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Geister & Gespenster

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Geister & Gespenster

    • YouTube Review for the game "Geister & Gespenster" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  21. PeaceBowl

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. Moby Pick

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    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. Jupiter

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  24. Friedrich

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    Friedrich is a strategic board game that immerses players in the tumultuous period of the Seven Years War, offering a unique blend of historical accuracy and engaging gameplay. As players take on the role of Frederick the Great or one of his adversaries, they are plunged into a struggle for dominance over Old Europe. The game cleverly combines elements of board and card games, providing a rich tactical experience that is both challenging and rewarding.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Friedrich
    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 210 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  25. Caribbean

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  26. The Princess and the Pea

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 3+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. Oceania

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    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 10 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  28. Dicke DΓ€monen

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Pirates of the Spanish Main

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    Pirates of the Spanish Main stands as the world's first constructible strategy game, inviting players into the swashbuckling world of piracy, treasure hunting, and naval combat. This innovative game allows players to assemble their own fleets of ships from collectible components and navigate the high seas in search of treasure and glory. With a unique mix of strategy, construction, and collectibility, Pirates of the Spanish Main offers an engaging experience for players looking to embody the adventurous spirit of pirates.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Pirates of the Spanish Main
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Cellar des Triplettes

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Cellar des Triplettes
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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