The best "Spiel des Jahres🇩🇪" board games 2021

We compare all games of the german board game award "Spiel des Jahres"🇩🇪. We list only the best nominated and awarded board games which you can buy in 2021.

What is "Spiel des Jahres"?

The German🇩🇪 critics' prize "Spiel des Jahres" (Game of the Year), which has been awarded since 1979, is probably the most important prize for board games. The prize is highly acclaimed worldwide, which is why it is also known as the "Oscar for board games".

Separate Awards for Families, Connoisseur's & Children

Since 2001, the Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children's Game of the Year) and since 2011 the Kennerspiel des Jahres (Connoisseur's Game of the Year) have also been awarded. Furthermore, in 1999, it was introduced to award not only a single game with the Kinderspiel/Kennerspiel/Game of the Year per prize, but to additionally honor the other board games in the selection with Nominated for Game of the Year. In addition, sometimes a special prize is awarded for special board games, such as recently for Pandemic Legacy - Season 2.

But of course, the best of the best can also be compared to each other. Here now our recommendations among all Spiel des Jahres card & board games since 1979.

All "Spiel des Jahres" years listed individually

The Spiel des Jahres has been awarded since 1979. We have therefore created separate lists for all years, all award types (Spiel des Jahres, Kennerspiel, Kinderspiel) and all nominees:

List with the best Spiel des Jahres🇩🇪 winners and nominees:

Attached is our list of the best "Game of the Year" games to buy 2021:

This list was last updated on June 22, 2021. We compared 63 board games for this list and selected the top 50. 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 12 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Just One
    • Players3 - 7 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!16€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Just One

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Just One" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Just One" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  2. Codenames

    All details for the board game Codenames and similar games

    Nominated for 27 awards and won 15.

    Spiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Codenames
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine

    All details for the board game The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine and similar games

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 10.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de
  6. Dixit

    All details for the board game Dixit and similar games

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 9.

    Spiel des Jahres 2010

    More details for Dixit
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  7. 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
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de

    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
  8. Wingspan

    All details for the board game Wingspan and similar games

    Nominated for 23 awards and won 15.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Wingspan
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 70 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!40€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Wingspan

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wingspan" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Wingspan" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  9. Ticket to Ride

    All details for the board game Ticket to Ride and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 10.

    Spiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Ticket to Ride
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ticket to Ride" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  10. 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
  11. 7 Wonders

    All details for the board game 7 Wonders and similar games

    Nominated for 33 awards and won 19.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2011

    More details for 7 Wonders
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  12. Carcassonne

    All details for the board game Carcassonne and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 5.

    Spiel des Jahres 2001

    More details for Carcassonne
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Carcassonne

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Carcassonne" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Carcassonne" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  13. Pictures

    All details for the board game Pictures and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for Pictures
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!25€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Pictures

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Pictures" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  14. Perudo

    All details for the board game Perudo and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 1993

    🔥 Deal: 12% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Perudo
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!20€ atAmazon.de
  15. Camel Up

    All details for the board game Camel Up and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Camel Up
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  16. 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
  17. Hanabi

    All details for the board game Hanabi and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Hanabi
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime25 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. Colt Express

    All details for the board game Colt Express and similar games

    Nominated for 18 awards and won 8.

    Spiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for Colt Express
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime30 - 40 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!19€ atAmazon.de
  19. Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King

    All details for the board game Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 5.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 50 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!30€ atAmazon.de
  20. Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters

    All details for the board game Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2014

    🔥 Deal: 25% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!28€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  21. Dragomino

    All details for the board game Dragomino and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021

    More details for Dragomino
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  22. My First Stone Age

    All details for the board game My First Stone Age and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 4.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for My First Stone Age
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!59€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for My First Stone Age

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "My First Stone Age" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "My First Stone Age" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  23. Istanbul

    All details for the board game Istanbul and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014

    🔥 Deal: 25% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Istanbul
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!21€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Istanbul

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Istanbul" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Istanbul" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"Sprache
  24. Dragon's Breath

    All details for the board game Dragon's Breath and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for Dragon's Breath
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 20 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  25. Hedgehog Roll

    All details for the board game Hedgehog Roll and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for Hedgehog Roll
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 - 25 Minutes
    • Age4+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  26. 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
  27. The Enchanted Tower

    All details for the board game The Enchanted Tower and similar games

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    🔥 Deal: 12% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for The Enchanted Tower
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 25 Minutes
    • Age5+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!22€ atAmazon.de
  28. Villa Paletti

    All details for the board game Villa Paletti and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 2002

    More details for Villa Paletti
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  29. Exit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin

    All details for the board game Exit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Exit: The Game – The Abandoned Cabin
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!9€ atAmazon.de
  30. Alhambra

    All details for the board game Alhambra and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 4.

    Spiel des Jahres 2003

    More details for Alhambra
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  31. Zooloretto

    All details for the board game Zooloretto and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 5.

    Spiel des Jahres 2007

    More details for Zooloretto
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  32. Spinderella

    All details for the board game Spinderella and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 4.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for Spinderella
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!22€ atAmazon.de
  33. Kingdom Builder

    All details for the board game Kingdom Builder and similar games

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 2012

    More details for Kingdom Builder
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  34. El Grande

    All details for the board game El Grande and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 1996

    🔥 Deal: 78% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for El Grande
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!9€ atAmazon.de
  35. Thurn and Taxis

    All details for the board game Thurn and Taxis and similar games

    Nominated for 12 awards and won 5.

    Spiel des Jahres 2006

    More details for Thurn and Taxis
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  36. Catan

    All details for the board game Catan and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 7.

    Spiel des Jahres 1995

    More details for Catan
    • Players3 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!22€ atAmazon.de
  37. Broom Service

    All details for the board game Broom Service and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2015

    More details for Broom Service
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 75 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!10€ atAmazon.de
  38. Heimlich & Co.

    All details for the board game Heimlich & Co. and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 1986

    More details for Heimlich & Co.
    • Players2 - 7 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  39. Valley of the Vikings

    All details for the board game Valley of the Vikings and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    Kinderspiel des Jahres 2019

    More details for Valley of the Vikings
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 20 Minutes
    • Age6+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  40. Manhattan

    All details for the board game Manhattan and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 1994

    More details for Manhattan
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  41. Tikal

    All details for the board game Tikal and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 1999

    More details for Tikal
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!33€ atAmazon.de
  42. Village

    All details for the board game Village and similar games

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 7.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2012

    More details for Village
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    🔥 Great price!29€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Village

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Village" von "BoardGameGeek"
      YouTube Review vom Spiel "Village" von "BoardGameGeek"Sprache
  43. Um Reifenbreite

    All details for the board game Um Reifenbreite and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 1992

    More details for Um Reifenbreite
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  44. Niagara

    All details for the board game Niagara and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    Spiel des Jahres 2005

    🔥 Deal: 23% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Niagara
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!15€ atAmazon.de
  45. Hare & Tortoise

    All details for the board game Hare & Tortoise and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 1979

    More details for Hare & Tortoise
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  46. Rummikub

    All details for the board game Rummikub and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 1980

    More details for Rummikub
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!25€ atAmazon.de
  47. Exit: The Game – The Secret Lab

    All details for the board game Exit: The Game – The Secret Lab and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for Exit: The Game – The Secret Lab
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 - 150 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!9€ atAmazon.de
  48. Hoity Toity

    All details for the board game Hoity Toity and similar games

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    Spiel des Jahres 1990

    More details for Hoity Toity
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  49. Legends of Andor

    All details for the board game Legends of Andor and similar games

    Nominated for 10 awards and won 7.

    Kennerspiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Legends of Andor
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!29€ atAmazon.de
  50. Scotland Yard

    All details for the board game Scotland Yard and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

    Spiel des Jahres 1983

    More details for Scotland Yard
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!23€ atAmazon.de

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