The best games presented at the Spiel 2009 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 2009" 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 2009 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'09:

This list was last updated on April 18, 2024. We compared 209 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Jaipur

    All details for the board game Jaipur and similar games

    In the bustling city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, you find yourself in a fierce competition as one of the two most powerful traders. However, being a prominent trader isn't enough; the ultimate goal is to earn two coveted "seals of excellence" to secure an invitation to the Maharaja's prestigious court. To outshine your direct competitor, you'll need to demonstrate superior trading skills by buying, exchanging, and selling goods at advantageous prices, all while carefully managing your valuable camel herds.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 4.

    More details for Jaipur
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. Dominion: Seaside

    All details for the board game Dominion: Seaside and similar games

    Dominion: Seaside is an expansion to the popular deck-building games Dominion and Dominion: Intrigue. It is important to note that this expansion does not constitute a standalone game but rather adds new dimensions and strategic possibilities to the existing base games.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Dominion: Seaside
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Carcassonne

    All details for the board game Carcassonne and similar games

    Carcassonne is a renowned tile-placement game set in the picturesque landscape of Southern France. This game is beloved for its simplicity, depth, and the beautiful mosaic players create on the table.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2001

    More details for Carcassonne
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Carcassonne

    • YouTube Review for the game "Carcassonne" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  4. Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912 and similar games

    Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912 is an expansion for the popular Ticket to Ride series, specifically enhancing the Ticket to Ride Europe game. This expansion introduces new elements and variants to the gameplay, offering fresh challenges and strategic options for players.

    More details for Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Parade

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    In Taj Mahal, players are immersed in the setting of northwest India at the beginning of the 18th century. This period marks the decline of the Grand Moguls' rule, presenting an opportunity for Maharishis and princes to assert control over the region. The game revolves around gaining influence through various strategic moves.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Parade
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
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    Video reviews for Parade

    • YouTube Review for the game "Parade" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  6. Unanimo

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Unanimo
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Unanimo

    • YouTube Review for the game "Unanimo" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  7. Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm

    All details for the board game Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm and similar games

    Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm is an expansion for the Kingsburg board game that adds new layers of customization and variety. This expansion is composed of five distinct "modules," each offering different ways to enhance the base game. Players can choose to add one or more modules to their game for a unique experience or a different challenge each time.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Chicken Cha Cha Cha

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    Chicken Cha Cha Cha is a delightful and engaging memory game that combines the whimsy of chickens learning to dance with the challenge of strategic movement and memory. Players become chickens vying to out-memorize and outmaneuver their opponents around a circuitous path, aiming to collect the tail feathers of their rivals by accurately recalling the images hidden on octagonal tiles.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1998

    More details for Chicken Cha Cha Cha
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
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  9. Tobago

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    Tobago is an intriguing adventure board game where players embark on a treasure hunt, using clues to narrow down the locations of hidden treasures on a mysterious island. The game stands out with its modular board and strategic gameplay, appealing to players who enjoy deduction and exploration themes.

    Nominated for 15 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2010

    More details for Tobago
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  10. Bananagrams

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    Bananagrams is a lively, quick-paced word game that stands out for its simplicity and portability. It comes in a unique, banana-shaped fabric pouch, making it an excellent choice for on-the-go fun without the need for pencils, paper, or a board.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Bananagrams
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Start Player

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    • 2 - 99 Players
    • 1 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  12. Loco Motive

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2010

    More details for Loco Motive
    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Cyclades

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    In this latest collaboration between Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, players must buy the favor of the gods in their race to be the first player to build two cities in the Ancient Greek island group known as the Cyclades.

    Nominated for 7 awards.

    More details for Cyclades
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
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    Video reviews for Cyclades

    • YouTube Review for the game "Cyclades" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  14. Hansa Teutonica

    All details for the board game Hansa Teutonica and similar games

    Hansa Teutonica is a strategic board game that transports players back to the time of the Hanseatic League, a medieval commercial and defensive confederation of merchant guilds in Northwestern and Central Europe. In this game, players take on the roles of traders competing to expand their trading network, improve their skills, and gain the most victory points.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for Hansa Teutonica
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  15. Ugg-Tect

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Ugg-Tect
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Ubongo 3D

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    Nominated for 5 awards.

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    More details for Ubongo 3D
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
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    Video reviews for Ubongo 3D

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ubongo 3D" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  17. The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac

    All details for the board game The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac and similar games

    The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac is an action-packed board game that takes players on a thrilling and perilous journey through the ruins of a Mayan temple. The game is designed to simulate an Indiana-Jones-style adventure, filled with danger, excitement, and the quest for ancient treasures.

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Polizei-Alarm!

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Duck, Duck, Bruce

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow: The Village

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    • 8 - 18 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Orchard: Memo Game

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 3+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  22. Vampires of the Night

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    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2010

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2010

    More details for Vampires of the Night
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. Arena: Roma II

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Arena: Roma II
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Beer & Pretzels

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  25. Agricola

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    Agricola is a strategic board game where players become farmers aiming to build thriving homesteads. Manage resources, expand your home, and feed your family to win.

    Nominated for 25 awards and won 14.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2008

    More details for Agricola
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 150 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  26. Jambo Expansion 2

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. 7 Ate 9

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 5 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  28. Mystery Rummy: Murders in the Rue Morgue

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Diego Drachenzahn

    All details for the board game Diego Drachenzahn and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2010

    More details for Diego Drachenzahn
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  30. Chronicle

    All details for the board game Chronicle and similar games
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Chronicle

    • YouTube Review for the game "Chronicle" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English

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