The best games released in 2012📆 2021

Looking for a really good game from the year 2012? Then we have just the thing for you: our recommendation list with the best board games that were newly released in 2012.

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List of the best new games releases in 2012:

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 333 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Love Letter

    All details for the board game Love Letter and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Love Letter
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Love Letter

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  2. The Resistance: Avalon

    All details for the board game The Resistance: Avalon and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for The Resistance: Avalon
    • Players5 - 10 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  3. Las Vegas

    All details for the board game Las Vegas and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2012

    More details for Las Vegas
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Las Vegas

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Las Vegas" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Las Vegas" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  4. Qwixx

    All details for the board game Qwixx and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Qwixx
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  5. Cockroach Poker Royal

    All details for the board game Cockroach Poker Royal and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 - 25 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Cockroach Poker Royal

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cockroach Poker Royal" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cockroach Poker Royal" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  6. Coup

    All details for the board game Coup and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Coup
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Coup

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Coup" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Coup" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  7. Lords of Waterdeep

    All details for the board game Lords of Waterdeep and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    More details for Lords of Waterdeep
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  8. Escape: The Curse of the Temple

    All details for the board game Escape: The Curse of the Temple and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 1.

    More details for Escape: The Curse of the Temple
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Escape: The Curse of the Temple

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Escape: The Curse of the Temple" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Escape: The Curse of the Temple" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  9. Targi

    All details for the board game Targi and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2012

    More details for Targi
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!13€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Targi

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Targi" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Targi" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  10. Riff Raff

    All details for the board game Riff Raff and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Riff Raff
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!42€ atAmazon.de
  11. Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game

    All details for the board game Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 5.

    More details for Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!33€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  12. Tokaido

    All details for the board game Tokaido and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Tokaido
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Tokaido

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Tokaido" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Tokaido" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  13. Carcassonne: Winter Edition

    All details for the board game Carcassonne: Winter Edition and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  14. Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

    All details for the board game Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  15. Ghost Blitz 2

    All details for the board game Ghost Blitz 2 and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2012

    More details for Ghost Blitz 2
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de
  16. Morels

    All details for the board game Morels and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Morels
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!8€ atAmazon.de
  17. Indigo

    All details for the board game Indigo and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2012

    More details for Indigo
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!40€ atAmazon.de
  18. Pluckin' Pairs

    All details for the board game Pluckin' Pairs and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Pluckin' Pairs
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime50 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  19. The Enchanted Tower

    All details for the board game The Enchanted Tower and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for The Enchanted Tower
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 25 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  20. Cardline: Animals

    All details for the board game Cardline: Animals and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Cardline: Animals
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  21. Machi Koro

    All details for the board game Machi Koro and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for Machi Koro
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Machi Koro

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Machi Koro" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Machi Koro" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  22. Würfel Bohnanza

    All details for the board game Würfel Bohnanza and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  23. Wings of Glory: WW1 Rules and Accessories Pack

    All details for the board game Wings of Glory: WW1 Rules and Accessories Pack and similar games
    • Players2 - 99 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  24. Okiya

    All details for the board game Okiya and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Okiya
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  25. Zug um Zug: Deutschland

    All details for the board game Zug um Zug: Deutschland and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de
  26. Bling Bling Gemstone

    All details for the board game Bling Bling Gemstone and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime10 - 20 Minutes
    • Age4+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de
  27. Tsuro of the Seas

    All details for the board game Tsuro of the Seas and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  28. DC Comics Deck-Building Game

    All details for the board game DC Comics Deck-Building Game and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age15+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  29. Suburbia

    All details for the board game Suburbia and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Suburbia
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  30. Kemet

    All details for the board game Kemet and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Kemet
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Kemet

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kemet" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kemet" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kemet" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kemet" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache

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