The best games released in 2016📆 2021

Looking for a really good game from the year 2016? Then we have just the thing for you: our recommendation list with the best board games that were newly released in 2016.

More lists from similar periods

A list with the best games from other years can be found at the end of the page.

In addition, we have created several more lists of card & board game awards:

List of the best new games releases in 2016:

This list was last updated on July 13, 2021. We compared 469 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. 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

    Video reviews for Kingdomino

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kingdomino" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kingdomino" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  2. 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
  3. Codenames: Pictures

    All details for the board game Codenames: Pictures and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    More details for Codenames: Pictures
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!14€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Codenames: Pictures

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  4. Love Letter Premium

    All details for the board game Love Letter Premium and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!14€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Love Letter Premium

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter Premium" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Love Letter Premium" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  5. Secret Hitler

    All details for the board game Secret Hitler and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Secret Hitler
    • Players5 - 10 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. Flamme Rouge

    All details for the board game Flamme Rouge and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for Flamme Rouge
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Flamme Rouge

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Flamme Rouge" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  7. Santorini

    All details for the board game Santorini and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Santorini
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  8. Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure

    All details for the board game Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    More details for Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  9. Insider

    All details for the board game Insider and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Insider
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Insider

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Insider" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Insider" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Insider" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Insider" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  10. When I Dream

    All details for the board game When I Dream and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for When I Dream
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for When I Dream

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "When I Dream" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "When I Dream" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  11. ICECOOL

    All details for the board game ICECOOL and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 6.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for ICECOOL
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!14€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for ICECOOL

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "ICECOOL" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "ICECOOL" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  12. Krazy Wordz: Erwachsenen Edition

    All details for the board game Krazy Wordz: Erwachsenen Edition and similar games
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Krazy Wordz: Erwachsenen Edition

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Krazy Wordz: Erwachsenen Edition" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Krazy Wordz: Erwachsenen Edition" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  13. Encore!

    All details for the board game Encore! and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Encore!

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Encore!" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Encore!" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  14. Archaeology: The New Expedition

    All details for the board game Archaeology: The New Expedition and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  15. 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
  16. Terraforming Mars

    All details for the board game Terraforming Mars and similar games

    Nominated for 26 awards and won 13.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Terraforming Mars
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Terraforming Mars

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Terraforming Mars" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Terraforming Mars" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  17. Captain Sonar

    All details for the board game Captain Sonar and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Captain Sonar
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Captain Sonar

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Captain Sonar" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  18. 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"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Tempel des Schreckens" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  19. Happy Salmon

    All details for the board game Happy Salmon and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Happy Salmon
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime2 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  20. Kneipenquiz: Das Original

    All details for the board game Kneipenquiz: Das Original and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 - 40 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de
  21. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures

    All details for the board game Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures and similar games
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  22. Scrawl

    All details for the board game Scrawl and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age17+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  23. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

    All details for the board game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    More details for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age11+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!37€ atAmazon.de
  24. 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"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Word Slam" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  25. Spyfall 2

    All details for the board game Spyfall 2 and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Spyfall 2
    • Players3 - 12 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!18€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Spyfall 2

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Spyfall 2" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Spyfall 2" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Spyfall 2" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Spyfall 2" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  26. Beasts of Balance

    All details for the board game Beasts of Balance and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Beasts of Balance
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Beasts of Balance

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Beasts of Balance" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Beasts of Balance" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  27. Valeria: Card Kingdoms

    All details for the board game Valeria: Card Kingdoms and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  28. Tyrants of the Underdark

    All details for the board game Tyrants of the Underdark and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  29. Archer: Once You Go Blackmail...

    All details for the board game Archer: Once You Go Blackmail... and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  30. A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King

    All details for the board game A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "A Game of Thrones: Hand of the King" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache

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