The best games presented at the Spiel 2008 game fair in Essen, Germany 2023

Are you looking for a good new game? We have compared all the games presented at the game fair "Spiel 2008" 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 2008 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'08:

This list was last updated on January 25, 2023. We compared 284 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries and similar games
    • 2 - 3 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  2. Wits & Wagers

    All details for the board game Wits & Wagers and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for Wits & Wagers
    • 3 - 7 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Dominion

    All details for the board game Dominion and similar games

    Nominated for 32 awards and won 17.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Dominion
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. Fauna

    All details for the board game Fauna and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2009

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2009

    🔥 Deal: 6% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Fauna
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!27€ atAmazon.de
  5. Pandemic

    All details for the board game Pandemic and similar games

    Nominated for 29 awards and won 8.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Pandemic
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pandemic

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Pandemic" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. PitchCar: Extension 4 – Stunt Race

    All details for the board game PitchCar: Extension 4 – Stunt Race and similar games
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition

    All details for the board game Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition and similar games
    • 5 - 68 Players
    • 30 - 90 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  8. Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm

    All details for the board game Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm and similar games
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Memoir '44: Mediterranean Theater

    All details for the board game Memoir '44: Mediterranean Theater and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. Hey, That's My Fish!

    All details for the board game Hey, That's My Fish! and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Hey, That's My Fish!
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Hey, That's My Fish!

    • YouTube Review for the game "Hey, That's My Fish!" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  11. Chinatown

    All details for the board game Chinatown and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Chinatown
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Chinatown

    • YouTube Review for the game "Chinatown" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  12. Pyramid of Pengqueen

    All details for the board game Pyramid of Pengqueen and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Citadels

    All details for the board game Citadels and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2000

    More details for Citadels
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Galaxy Trucker: The Big Expansion

    All details for the board game Galaxy Trucker: The Big Expansion and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Pit

    All details for the board game Pit and similar games
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 90 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Formula D

    All details for the board game Formula D and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Formula D
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age

    All details for the board game Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Tales of the Arabian Nights

    All details for the board game Tales of the Arabian Nights and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Tales of the Arabian Nights

    • YouTube Review for the game "Tales of the Arabian Nights" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  19. Poison

    All details for the board game Poison and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Poison
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Alhambra

    All details for the board game Alhambra and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2003

    More details for Alhambra
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!46€ atAmazon.de
  21. Piece o' Cake

    All details for the board game Piece o' Cake and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Piece o' Cake
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  22. Kaleidos

    All details for the board game Kaleidos and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    More details for Kaleidos
    • 2 - 12 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. Formula Dé

    All details for the board game Formula Dé and similar games
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Curli Kuller

    All details for the board game Curli Kuller and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2009

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Curli Kuller
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  25. Sushizock im Gockelwok

    All details for the board game Sushizock im Gockelwok and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!45€ atAmazon.de
  26. Wings of War: Famous Aces

    All details for the board game Wings of War: Famous Aces and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. Zooloretto

    All details for the board game Zooloretto and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2007

    More details for Zooloretto
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. Start Player

    All details for the board game Start Player and similar games
    • 2 - 99 Players
    • 1 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  29. Pack & Stack

    All details for the board game Pack & Stack and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Pack & Stack
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  30. Fairy Tale

    All details for the board game Fairy Tale and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Fairy Tale
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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