The best games released in 2018📆 2021

Looking for a really good game from the year 2018? Then we have just the thing for you: our recommendation list with the best board games that were newly released in 2018.

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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 2018:

This list was last updated on March 3, 2021. We compared 627 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Just One

    All details for the board game Just One and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Just One
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Just One

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Just One" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  2. The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    All details for the board game The Quacks of Quedlinburg and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 9.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for The Quacks of Quedlinburg
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for The Quacks of Quedlinburg

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Quacks of Quedlinburg" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  3. Decrypto

    All details for the board game Decrypto and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Decrypto
    • Players3 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!19€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Decrypto

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Decrypto" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Decrypto" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  4. Zombie Kidz Evolution

    All details for the board game Zombie Kidz Evolution and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for Zombie Kidz Evolution
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime5 - 15 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!23€ atAmazon.de
  5. Star Realms: Frontiers

    All details for the board game Star Realms: Frontiers and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. Welcome To...

    All details for the board game Welcome To... and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    More details for Welcome To...
    • Players1 - 100 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Welcome To...

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Welcome To..." von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Welcome To..." von "BoardGameGeek"
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  7. That's Pretty Clever!

    All details for the board game That's Pretty Clever! and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for That's Pretty Clever!
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  8. Chronicles of Crime

    All details for the board game Chronicles of Crime and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 3.

    More details for Chronicles of Crime
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Chronicles of Crime

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Chronicles of Crime" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Chronicles of Crime" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  9. Everdell

    All details for the board game Everdell and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Everdell
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 80 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Everdell

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Everdell" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Everdell" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  10. Detective Club

    All details for the board game Detective Club and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Detective Club
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    😕 Questionable price28€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Detective Club

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Detective Club" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Detective Club" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  11. Brass: Birmingham

    All details for the board game Brass: Birmingham and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 7.

    More details for Brass: Birmingham
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard

    Video reviews for Brass: Birmingham

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Brass: Birmingham" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  12. War Chest

    All details for the board game War Chest and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for War Chest
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for War Chest

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "War Chest" von "BoardGameGeek"
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    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "War Chest" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  13. Nemesis

    All details for the board game Nemesis and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Nemesis
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 180 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  14. Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition

    All details for the board game Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!24€ atAmazon.de
  15. The Mind

    All details for the board game The Mind and similar games

    Nominated for 19 awards and won 9.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2018

    🔥 Deal: 6% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for The Mind
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!5€ atAmazon.de
  16. ICECOOL2

    All details for the board game ICECOOL2 and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!19€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for ICECOOL2

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "ICECOOL2" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "ICECOOL2" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  17. Space Base

    All details for the board game Space Base and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Space Base
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Space Base

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Space Base" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Space Base" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  18. Menara

    All details for the board game Menara and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Menara
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime10 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!27€ atAmazon.de
  19. Endeavor: Age of Sail

    All details for the board game Endeavor: Age of Sail and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Endeavor: Age of Sail

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Endeavor: Age of Sail" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Endeavor: Age of Sail" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  20. Cahoots

    All details for the board game Cahoots and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    🔥 Deal: 13% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Cahoots
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!7€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Cahoots

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cahoots" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Cahoots" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  21. Belratti

    All details for the board game Belratti and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Belratti
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime20 - 45 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  22. Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition

    All details for the board game Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    💸 Too expensive!23€ atAmazon.de
  23. Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

    All details for the board game Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  24. Air, Land, & Sea

    All details for the board game Air, Land, & Sea and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Air, Land, & Sea
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  25. Architects of the West Kingdom

    All details for the board game Architects of the West Kingdom and similar games

    Nominated for 15 awards and won 4.

    More details for Architects of the West Kingdom
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 80 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Architects of the West Kingdom

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Architects of the West Kingdom" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Architects of the West Kingdom" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  26. Dice Throne: Season One

    All details for the board game Dice Throne: Season One and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 40 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  27. Gizmos

    All details for the board game Gizmos and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Gizmos
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 - 50 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    😕 Questionable price35€ atAmazon.de
  28. Stone Age: Anniversary

    All details for the board game Stone Age: Anniversary and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    😕 Questionable price61€ atAmazon.de
  29. Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

    All details for the board game Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 4.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age16+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  30. Istanbul: Big Box

    All details for the board game Istanbul: Big Box and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!33€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Istanbul: Big Box

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Istanbul: Big Box" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Istanbul: Big Box" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache

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