The best games released in 1998๐Ÿ“† 2024

Looking for a really good game from the year 1998? Then we have just the thing for you: our recommendation list with the best board games that were newly released in 1998.

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List of the best new games releases in 1998:

This list was last updated on April 18, 2024. We compared 82 board games for this list and selected the top 10. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Guillotine

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    Kingdom Builder is a strategic board game where players shape their domains by building settlements, with the ultimate goal of earning the most gold by the end of the game.

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Guillotine
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. Circus Flohcati

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    Circus Flohcati brings the vibrant world of the flea circus to your table, offering a fast-paced game of strategy and risk-taking. Players aim to collect a variety of acts, each represented by ten types (colors) and point values ranging from 0 to 7, to amass the highest score. Your turn could involve adding a face-up card to your hand or unveiling a new one from the deck, which might just force an action upon youโ€”like pilfering a card from a rival. But beware, revealing a card matching the color of one already face-up means you end up empty-handed. The thrill of the game lies in deciding whether to secure a card in sight or gamble for a potentially better draw.

    More details for Circus Flohcati
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Samurai

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    Samurai is a strategic board game set in medieval Japan. It immerses players in a contest of influence and power among three key factions of the era: samurai, peasants, and priests.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Samurai
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Samurai

    • YouTube Review for the game "Samurai" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  4. Excape

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper

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    In Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper, players are transported back to Victorian London, tasked with solving one of history's most enduring mysteries. Using a rummy-style card game framework, players collect and meld cards representing evidence, suspects, and victims to build a case against the infamous Jack the Ripper. The gameplay cleverly integrates historical details of the Ripper cases with unique card game mechanics, adding depth and intrigue. With the potential for Jack to escape if all Victim cards are played, the game introduces a thrilling twist that keeps players engaged till the very end.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Mamma Mia!

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    Mamma Mia! is a delightful card game from designer Uwe Rosenberg, blending strategy and memory skills in a fun pizza-making theme. Players compete to complete pizza orders by strategically playing ingredient cards into a common pool and timing their pizza baking to utilize the available ingredients in the kitchen.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Mamma Mia!
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Through the Desert

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    Through the Desert is a strategic board game where players guide caravans through the desert to claim oases and territory. Often compared to the classic game Go, it combines strategic planning with a visually appealing setup featuring colorful plastic camels.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Through the Desert
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  8. Anno Domini: Natur

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
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  9. Zero Down

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Take 5!

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Take 5!
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
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