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 February 24, 2021. We compared 450 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Sushi Go Party!

    All details for the board game Sushi Go Party! and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Sushi Go Party!
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  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"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Kingdomino" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  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. 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
  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. 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
    😕 Questionable price14€ 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
  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
    😕 Questionable price80€ atAmazon.de
  9. 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
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Codenames: Pictures

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Codenames: Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  10. 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
  11. 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
    💸 Too expensive!30€ atAmazon.de
  12. Hero Realms

    All details for the board game Hero Realms and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Hero Realms
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  13. Aeon's End

    All details for the board game Aeon's End and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    🔥 Deal: 22% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Aeon's End
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!47€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Aeon's End

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Aeon's End" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Aeon's End" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  14. Pandemic: Iberia

    All details for the board game Pandemic: Iberia and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Pandemic: Iberia
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Pandemic: Iberia

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic: Iberia" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pandemic: Iberia" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  15. 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
  16. 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
    😕 Questionable price32€ atAmazon.de

    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
  17. 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
    😕 Questionable price18€ atAmazon.de

    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
  18. Scythe

    All details for the board game Scythe and similar games

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 10.

    More details for Scythe
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 115 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!66€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Scythe

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Scythe" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Scythe" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  19. 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
    💸 Too expensive!20€ atAmazon.de

    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
  20. 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

    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
  21. 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"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Star Wars: Rebellion" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  22. 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
    👍 Good price!68€ atAmazon.de
  23. 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
  24. 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"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Encore!" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  25. 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!16€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for ICECOOL

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "ICECOOL" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "ICECOOL" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Arkham Horror: The Card Game" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  29. Great Western Trail

    All details for the board game Great Western Trail and similar games

    Nominated for 19 awards and won 7.

    More details for Great Western Trail
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime75 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
    😕 Questionable price37€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Great Western Trail

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Great Western Trail" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  30. 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

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