The best "Mensa Select🇺🇸" winners and nominees 2021

Looking for a good game that won or was nominated for the "Mensa Select" award? Then we have just the thing for you: A list with the best "Mensa Select" winners and games that were on the nomination list.

What is the "Mensa Select" game award?

The "Mensa Select" is an award for dice, card & board games. The award originates from 🇺🇸USA, was created in 1990 and is chosen by a jury.

Every year since 1990, the American Mensa selects several (usually 5) games to recommend as part of its Mind Games competition. These games are called Mensa Select.

From 1990-1995, the Mind Games judges were selected by the American Mensa branch. Since 1996, all members of American Mensa have been eligible to participate in Mind Games as judges, although an entry fee is required.

Mensa Select Categories

The Mensa Select award is presented each year in the following categories:

  • Mensa Recommended
  • Mensa Select

More info can be found on the official Mensa Select homepage or the Wikipedia contribution of Mensa Select.

Other game awards from around the world.

There are many more game awards from around the world, you can find a list at the bottom of this page.

List of best Mensa Select winners & nominees 2021:

This list was last updated on July 24, 2021. We compared 127 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Azul

    All details for the board game Azul and similar games

    Nominated for 29 awards and won 19.

    Spiel des Jahres 2018

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

    Video reviews for Azul

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Azul" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  2. Time's Up!

    All details for the board game Time's Up! and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for Time's Up!
    • Players4 - 18 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  3. 6 nimmt!

    All details for the board game 6 nimmt! and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

    More details for 6 nimmt!
    • Players2 - 10 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!5€ atAmazon.de
  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. Dominion

    All details for the board game Dominion and similar games

    Nominated for 32 awards and won 17.

    Spiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for Dominion
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!27€ atAmazon.de
  6. Raiders of the North Sea

    All details for the board game Raiders of the North Sea and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Raiders of the North Sea
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 80 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Anomia

    All details for the board game Anomia and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    More details for Anomia
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!9€ atAmazon.de
  10. Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

    All details for the board game Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    🔥 Deal: 54% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Lanterns: The Harvest Festival" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Lanterns: The Harvest Festival" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  11. Ingenious

    All details for the board game Ingenious and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Ingenious
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  12. Architects of the West Kingdom

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

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 5.

    More details for Architects of the West Kingdom
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 80 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!60€ atAmazon.de

    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
  13. TransAmerica

    All details for the board game TransAmerica and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2002

    More details for TransAmerica
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!43€ atAmazon.de
  14. Qwirkle

    All details for the board game Qwirkle and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 2011

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2011

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2011

    More details for Qwirkle
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!20€ atAmazon.de
  15. Blokus

    All details for the board game Blokus and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 4.

    More details for Blokus
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  16. The Great Dalmuti

    All details for the board game The Great Dalmuti and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for The Great Dalmuti
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  17. Hive

    All details for the board game Hive and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

    More details for Hive
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. Marrakech

    All details for the board game Marrakech and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2008

    🔥 Deal: 67% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Marrakech
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!23€ atAmazon.de
  19. Castles of Mad King Ludwig

    All details for the board game Castles of Mad King Ludwig and similar games

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 4.

    More details for Castles of Mad King Ludwig
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  20. Forbidden Island

    All details for the board game Forbidden Island and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 5.

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2011

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

    Video reviews for Forbidden Island

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Forbidden Island" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Forbidden Island" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  21. YINSH

    All details for the board game YINSH and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 2.

    More details for YINSH
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age9+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!27€ atAmazon.de
  22. World's Fair 1893

    All details for the board game World's Fair 1893 and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for World's Fair 1893
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime35 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Dragonwood

    All details for the board game Dragonwood and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dragonwood
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Dragonwood

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Dragonwood" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Dragonwood" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  24. Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension

    All details for the board game Gravwell: Escape from the 9th Dimension and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  25. Planet

    All details for the board game Planet and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 2.

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

    Video reviews for Planet

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Planet" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Planet" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Planet" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Planet" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  26. Taboo

    All details for the board game Taboo and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Taboo
    • Players4 - 10 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!23€ atAmazon.de
  27. 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
  28. Photosynthesis

    All details for the board game Photosynthesis and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 4.

    More details for Photosynthesis
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Photosynthesis

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Photosynthesis" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Photosynthesis" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Photosynthesis" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Photosynthesis" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  29. 10 Days in Africa

    All details for the board game 10 Days in Africa and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for 10 Days in Africa
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  30. Rat-a-Tat Cat

    All details for the board game Rat-a-Tat Cat and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    More details for Rat-a-Tat Cat
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!6€ atAmazon.de

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