Best Children’s Game

Best Children’s Game is awarded to the best new game that is designed to be enjoyed by children under the age of 8 (and their families).

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

  1. has rules that are clear and simple
  2. allows players to feel they have done clever or exciting things during the game
  3. can be replayed many times with enjoyment
  4. encourages interaction, especially co-operation, with the other players
  5. is designed so that players of all ages can enjoy spending time together
  6. has sturdy and attractive components
  7. represents good value for money
  8. is different from other games
  9. has a manageable playing time that is appropriate to the age of the players
  10. scales well with different numbers of players (ideally for 2 to 6 players)

Games are eligible for consideration if they have become available from retailers in at least two Australian capital cities (or by mail order / online from an Australian retailer) in the calendar year before the award. The game must be a stand-alone game that does not require purchase of another (base) game to play.


Year Winner Short List Details
2018 Rhino Hero: Super Battle MemoArrr!, Rhino Hero: Super Battle, Sparkle Kitty, Tiny Park 2018 Short List
2017 Ticket To Ride: First Journey Go Cuckoo, Ice Cool, Ticket To Ride: First Journey 2017 Details
2016 My First Stone Age
2015 Doodle Quest 2015 Details
2014 Three Little Pigs Banjoolie Xeet, Goblins Drool! Fairies Rule! 2014 Details
2013 Catan: Junior Rhino Hero
2011/2 Nelly Beep! Beep!, Lego – Harry Potter Hogwarts, Vampires of the Night, Water Lily
2010 The Kids of Carcassonne Go Nuts!, Magic Labyrinth, Minotaurus, Ring-O Flamingo
2009 Viva Topo! Blokus 3D, Double Shutter Junior, Giro Galoppo, Hula Hippos, King Toad, Spaghetti Junction, Whirlpool
2008 Quoridor Kid Bingory, The Black Pirate, Codebreaker, Cogno: Alien Adventure, Froggy Boogie, Gumball Rally