Best Australian Game

Best Australian Game is awarded to the best new game with Australian creative content.

Eligibility for the Best Australian Game award:

Games are eligible to be considered for the Best Australian Game award if they meet the general eligibility criteria, and have creative content from designers, developers or illustrators generated by an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Games eligible before 2018 could appear two years in a row.

In selecting a winner, the judges will look for a game that:

  1. has rules that are clear and not overly complex
  2. maintains the interest of players throughout the game
  3. provides the opportunity to make interesting decisions or to do clever and imaginative things
  4. can be replayed many times with enjoyment
  5. rewards skill but has sufficient luck, or a handicapping system, to allow any family member a chance of winning
  6. has sturdy and attractive components
  7. represents good value for money
  8. is different from other games
  9. has a manageable playing time (ideally under 90 minutes)
  10. scales well with different numbers of players (ideally for 2 to 6 players)

Year Winner Short Listed Details
2018 Bärenpark Bärenpark, Burger Up, Skyward, Unfair 2018 Short List
2017 Imhotep  Burger Up, Cacao, Cogz, Elysium, Imhotep, One Zero One, Unfair 2017 Details
2016 Royals  Cacao, Cogz, Elysium, One Zero One, Pyramix, Rise to Power 2016 Details
2015 Sushi Go  Elevenses, Francis Drake, Pack of Heroes, Pyramix, Rise to Power, Royals 2015 Details
2014 Relic Runners Animalacious, Pirates of the Spanish Main: Shuffling the Deck, Question Time, Sushi Go 2014 Details
2013 Dungeon Raiders  Cuble, Rosetta, Viewpoint: Reflections
2011/2 Dweebies  Caption If You Can!, Dungeon Raiders, Higher or Lower, Viewpoint
2010 Make’n’Break Compact  Heads of State, Whirlpool, Word Wrangles Game Pack
2009 Sorts for Kids  Cannonball Colony, KogWorks, Make ‘n’ Break Compact
2008 Archaeology: the card game  Acronymia, Kingdom Quest, Sorts, SuDoKu Battle Lines, Word Wrangles