The best games presented at the Spiel 2016 game fair in Essen, Germany 2021

Are you looking for a good new game? We have compared all the games presented at the game fair "Spiel 2016" 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 2016 after the city where it is held, is an annual four-day board game fair that is also open to the public. In 2016, the Spiel'16 game fair was held from October 13 to 16 (Thursday to the following Sunday) at the Messe Essen exhibition center in Essen, Germany. Many new games are released at the fair every year, especially (but not exclusively) European-style board games.

More info about game fair "Spiel" is available at official game website.

SPIEL'16 - the biggest game fair in the world

The first time the fair took place was in 1983 at the Volkshochschule Essen. In 2016, Spiel'16 was once again the world's largest trade fair for board games, with 1,021 exhibitors from 51 nations, nearly 1,200 new launches and 174,000 game-loving visitors.

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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.

If you are generally looking for the always best game new releases, then we have another always top current list for you: The Best New Game Releases 2021.

List with the top100 new releases of Spiel'16:

This list was last updated on February 27, 2021. We compared 48 board games for this list and selected the top 47. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Dixit: Revelations

    All details for the board game Dixit: Revelations and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de
  2. Kingdomino

    All details for the board game Kingdomino and similar games

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 7.

    Spiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Kingdomino
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!12€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Kingdomino

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kingdomino" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  3. Junk Art

    All details for the board game Junk Art and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Junk Art
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  4. 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon

    All details for the board game 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  5. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

    All details for the board game Mansions of Madness: Second Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  6. King of Tokyo

    All details for the board game King of Tokyo and similar games

    Nominated for 19 awards and won 7.

    More details for King of Tokyo
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!34€ atAmazon.de
  7. Dominion: Empires

    All details for the board game Dominion: Empires and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  8. Raiders of the North Sea

    All details for the board game Raiders of the North Sea and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Raiders of the North Sea
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 80 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  9. Star Wars: Rebellion

    All details for the board game Star Wars: Rebellion and similar games

    Nominated for 15 awards and won 4.

    More details for Star Wars: Rebellion
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime180 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Star Wars: Rebellion

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Star Wars: Rebellion" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  10. Encore!

    All details for the board game Encore! and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Encore!

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Encore!" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  11. Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Arkham Horror: The Card Game and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 4.

    More details for Arkham Horror: The Card Game
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!36€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Arkham Horror: The Card Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  12. Tempel des Schreckens

    All details for the board game Tempel des Schreckens and similar games
    • Players3 - 10 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Tempel des Schreckens

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Tempel des Schreckens" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  13. Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition)

    All details for the board game Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition) and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  14. Arboretum

    All details for the board game Arboretum and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Arboretum
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Arboretum

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Arboretum" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  15. Orléans: Trade & Intrigue

    All details for the board game Orléans: Trade & Intrigue and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!23€ atAmazon.de
  16. Word Slam

    All details for the board game Word Slam and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    More details for Word Slam
    • Players3 - 99 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Word Slam

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Word Slam" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  17. A Feast for Odin

    All details for the board game A Feast for Odin and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

    More details for A Feast for Odin
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    👍 Good price!63€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for A Feast for Odin

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "A Feast for Odin" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "A Feast for Odin" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  18. Viticulture: Moor Visitors Expansion

    All details for the board game Viticulture: Moor Visitors Expansion and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  19. Mystic Vale

    All details for the board game Mystic Vale and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

    More details for Mystic Vale
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Mystic Vale

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Mystic Vale" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  20. Dr. Eureka

    All details for the board game Dr. Eureka and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dr. Eureka
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!20€ atAmazon.de
  21. Tiefe Taschen

    All details for the board game Tiefe Taschen and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 - 50 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Tiefe Taschen

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Tiefe Taschen" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  22. World's Fair 1893

    All details for the board game World's Fair 1893 and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for World's Fair 1893
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime35 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!10€ atAmazon.de
  23. Fuji Flush

    All details for the board game Fuji Flush and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Fuji Flush
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime10 - 20 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!10€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Fuji Flush

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Fuji Flush" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Fuji Flush" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  24. 51st State: Master Set

    All details for the board game 51st State: Master Set and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de
  25. Do De Li Do

    All details for the board game Do De Li Do and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 11% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Do De Li Do
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime10 - 20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!7€ atAmazon.de
  26. Cottage Garden

    All details for the board game Cottage Garden and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Cottage Garden
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Cottage Garden

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cottage Garden" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  27. First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express!

    All details for the board game First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express! and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    😕 Questionable price70€ atAmazon.de
  28. Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!69€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride: Rails & Sails" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  29. Aventuria: Ship of Lost Souls

    All details for the board game Aventuria: Ship of Lost Souls and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!25€ atAmazon.de
  30. Escape Room: The Game

    All details for the board game Escape Room: The Game and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Escape Room: The Game
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!39€ atAmazon.de
  31. Port Royal: Unterwegs!

    All details for the board game Port Royal: Unterwegs! and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!18€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Port Royal: Unterwegs!

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Port Royal: Unterwegs!" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Port Royal: Unterwegs!" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  32. Fields of Green

    All details for the board game Fields of Green and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Fields of Green

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Fields of Green" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Fields of Green" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Fields of Green" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  33. Evolution: The Beginning

    All details for the board game Evolution: The Beginning and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Evolution: The Beginning
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  34. Risk Europe

    All details for the board game Risk Europe and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  35. La Granja: No Siesta

    All details for the board game La Granja: No Siesta and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for La Granja: No Siesta

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "La Granja: No Siesta" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  36. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game

    All details for the board game The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Deck-Building Game and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age15+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  37. Five Tribes: The Thieves of Naqala

    All details for the board game Five Tribes: The Thieves of Naqala and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  38. Railroad Revolution

    All details for the board game Railroad Revolution and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 - 90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    😕 Questionable price47€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Railroad Revolution

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Railroad Revolution" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  39. Deus: Egypt

    All details for the board game Deus: Egypt and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Deus: Egypt
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Deus: Egypt

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Deus: Egypt" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Deus: Egypt" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  40. Costa Rica

    All details for the board game Costa Rica and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  41. Xibalba

    All details for the board game Xibalba and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!16€ atAmazon.de
  42. Key to the City: London

    All details for the board game Key to the City: London and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!38€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Key to the City: London

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Key to the City: London" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Key to the City: London" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  43. Game of Thrones: The Trivia Game

    All details for the board game Game of Thrones: The Trivia Game and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age18+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Game of Thrones: The Trivia Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Game of Thrones: The Trivia Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Game of Thrones: The Trivia Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  44. Legendary Inventors

    All details for the board game Legendary Inventors and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  45. Doom: The Boardgame

    All details for the board game Doom: The Boardgame and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime180 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!70€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Doom: The Boardgame

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Doom: The Boardgame" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  46. In the Name of Odin

    All details for the board game In the Name of Odin and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    😕 Questionable price50€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for In the Name of Odin

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "In the Name of Odin" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "In the Name of Odin" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  47. The Architects of the Colosseum

    All details for the board game The Architects of the Colosseum and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!5€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for The Architects of the Colosseum

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Architects of the Colosseum" von "BoardGameGeek"
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