The best games released in 2022๐Ÿ“† 2024

Looking for a really good game from the year 2022? Then we have just the thing for you: our recommendation list with the best board games that were newly released in 2020.

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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 2020

This list was last updated on February 25, 2024. We compared 687 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Ready Set Bet

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 9 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. Heat: Pedal to the Metal

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    Heat: Pedal to the Metal is a dynamic and strategic racing board game that simulates the thrill and intricacies of car racing. It offers players a chance to experience the excitement of racing while managing crucial elements like speed, car upgrades, and varying track conditions.

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 6.

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. HITSTER

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    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 16+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Splendor Duel

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    Splendor Duel is an intriguing two-player game that builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, Splendor, enhancing it with new layers of strategy and competitiveness. Designed specifically for two players, this standalone game maintains the core elements of Splendor while introducing novel twists and mechanics, making it more dynamic and interactive.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 3.

    More details for Splendor Duel
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Sea Salt & Paper

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    Sea Salt & Paper is a set collection card game that combines strategic decision-making with the excitement of timing your moves just right. Similar to Rummy in gameplay, it involves collecting sets of cards to score points, while also navigating the timing of when to end the round for optimal advantage.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 2.

    More details for Sea Salt & Paper
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    ๐Ÿ‘ Good price!11โ‚ฌ atAmazon.de*
  6. Lands of Galzyr

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 150 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. MicroMacro: Crime City โ€“ All In

    All details for the board game MicroMacro: Crime City โ€“ All In and similar games

    MicroMacro: Crime City โ€“ All In is the latest installment in the MicroMacro: Crime City series, offering players a new district of the black-and-white, crime-ridden metropolis known as Crime City to explore. This edition comes with a fresh, large city map that connects seamlessly with the maps from previous games, presenting 16 new and more complex crime cases for players to solve.

    More details for MicroMacro: Crime City โ€“ All In
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    ๐Ÿ”ฅ Great price!20โ‚ฌ atAmazon.de*
  8. Dorfromantik: The Board Game

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    โญ๏ธ Spiel des Jahres 2023

    More details for Dorfromantik: The Board Game
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    ๐Ÿ‘ Good price!28โ‚ฌ atAmazon.de*
  9. Next Station: London

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    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2023

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 25 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Planet Unknown

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    Planet Unknown is a competitive and strategic game for 1-6 players set in a future where Earth's resources are depleted. Players are tasked with developing the most efficient and habitable planet among a series of newfound worlds. Using polyomino-shaped tiles, each representing vital infrastructure, players work to efficiently cover their planets and build an effective support system for life.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2023

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 60 - 80 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    ๐Ÿ‘ Good price!59โ‚ฌ atAmazon.de*
  11. Trekking Through History

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Mindbug: First Contact

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    Mindbug: First Contact is an innovative and strategic duel card game where players summon unique hybrid creatures to battle their opponent. However, the twist lies in the Mindbug cards, which can turn the tide of the game by allowing players to take control of an opponent's creature.

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    More details for Mindbug: First Contact
    • 2 Players
    • 15 - 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. Phantom Ink

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 10 - 15 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. Wingspan Asia

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    Wingspan Asia is the third expansion of the acclaimed game Wingspan, introducing a captivating collection of Asian bird species to the existing lineup. This expansion not only adds diversity with birds chosen from over 2,800 species native to Asia but also brings versatile gameplay options.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Wingspan Asia
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 40 - 70 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    ๐Ÿ”ฅ Great price!35โ‚ฌ atAmazon.de*
  15. Akropolis

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    Akropolis is a strategic board game set in ancient Greece, where players take on the roles of skilled architects competing to build the most prestigious city. The game focuses on urban planning, resource management, and tactical tile placement.

    Nominated for 17 awards and won 9.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Star Wars: Jabba's Palace โ€“ A Love Letter Game

    All details for the board game Star Wars: Jabba's Palace โ€“ A Love Letter Game and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  17. Azul: Master Chocolatier

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition

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    Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition is a unique and innovative quantum trick-taking card game that challenges 2 to 5 players to think strategically about color and number. This deluxe edition of the game enhances the experience with high-quality components and new features.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    More details for Cat in the Box: Deluxe Edition
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Kites

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. The Guild of Merchant Explorers

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    The Guild of Merchant Explorers is a unique and engaging strategy game that blends exploration with city-building elements. Players begin with a single city on their personal map and must skillfully expand their territory by placing cubes based on terrain cards drawn from a shuffled deck. The game emphasizes strategic planning and adaptability, with players aiming to efficiently complete areas, connect cities, and maximize their score through various means.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for The Guild of Merchant Explorers
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Fun Facts

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2023

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    ๐Ÿ‘ Good price!18โ‚ฌ atAmazon.de*
  22. Quacks & Co.: Quedlinburg Dash

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 4.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2022

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    ๐Ÿ‘ Good price!25โ‚ฌ atAmazon.de*
  23. Bohnanza: 25th Anniversary Edition

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    • 2 - 7 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  24. Caper: Europe

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    Caper: Europe thrusts players into the heart of a high-stakes game of thievery and strategy, set against the backdrop of Europe's most iconic locations. As rival criminal masterminds, players draft a crew of skilled thieves, dispatch them across the continent, and equip them with various gear to pull off daring heists. The challenge lies in outsmarting your opponent by efficiently managing your resources, controlling key locations, and securing valuable stolen goods. With only six rounds to enact your master plan, the pressure is on to be the most cunning and successful mastermind.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Caper: Europe
    • 2 Players
    • 25 - 35 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Secret Identity

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

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    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  26. boop.

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

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    • 2 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. Feed the Kraken

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 5 - 11 Players
    • 45 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. Undaunted: Stalingrad

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    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

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    • 2 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  29. Flamecraft

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    In Flamecraft, you delve into a whimsical world where artisan dragons, smaller yet magically adept relatives of their larger kin, are the stars. As a Flamekeeper, your role is to communicate with these dragons, finding them the perfect shop to call home and using enchantments to coax them into creating marvelous things. Your success in aiding the dragons and shopkeepers boosts your reputation, with the goal of becoming the Master of Flamecraft.

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 2.

    More details for Flamecraft
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Planted: A Game of Nature & Nurture

    All details for the board game Planted: A Game of Nature & Nurture and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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