The best games released in 1997๐Ÿ“† 2024

Looking for a really good game from the year 1997? Then we have just the thing for you: our recommendation list with the best board games that were newly released in 1997.

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List of the best new games releases in 1997:

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 64 board games for this list and selected the top 10. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. For Sale

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    For Sale is a fast-paced, engaging game about buying and selling real estate, involving strategic bidding and sales to maximize profits.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for For Sale
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. Bohnanza

    All details for the board game Bohnanza and similar games

    Bohnanza is a unique card game about planting, trading, and harvesting beans. Unlike typical card games, you can't rearrange your hand, adding a strategic twist. The core of the game lies in trading beans with others to manage your hand effectively.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Bohnanza
    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Jungle Speed

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    Jungle Speed is a lively and fast-paced game that tests players' observation skills and quick reflexes. It's a game filled with excitement and often leads to bursts of laughter due to its frantic and fun nature.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003

    More details for Jungle Speed
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Chicken Cha Cha Cha

    All details for the board game Chicken Cha Cha Cha and similar games

    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.

    โญ๏ธ 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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  5. Turn the Tide

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    Turn the Tide is a clever card game that combines strategy, prediction, and a bit of luck. Players start with a hand of 12 cards from a deck numbered 1-60, with the remainder set aside for the entire game. Each round involves choosing a card secretly and then revealing them simultaneously. Scoring involves collecting cards from a separate deck, with the highest card played taking the lower scoring card and the second-highest taking the other. A unique aspect is the rotation of hands, as players pass their entire hand to the next player after each round, challenging them to score well with the same cards their neighbor previously used.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Turn the Tide
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Formula Dรฉ

    All details for the board game Formula Dรฉ and similar games

    Formula Dรฉ is a captivating racing board game that simulates the high-speed thrills of Formula One racing. Known for its unique blend of strategy and luck, Formula Dรฉ challenges players to navigate a series of race tracks, each with its distinct layout and challenges.

    More details for Formula Dรฉ
    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Haste Worte?

    All details for the board game Haste Worte? and similar games
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  8. Duck, Duck, Bruce

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  9. Quoridor

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    Quoridor is an abstract strategy game that is elegantly simple in its rules yet offers profound depth in strategic gameplay. Players navigate a pawn across the board with the aim of reaching the opposite side, all while placing walls to obstruct their opponent.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Quoridor
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. Wise and Otherwise

    All details for the board game Wise and Otherwise and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable

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