Best Australian Game

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

Past Winners

YearWinnerShort ListedDetails
2018BärenparkBärenpark, Burger Up, Skyward, Unfair2018 Details
2017Imhotep Burger Up, Cacao, Cogz, Elysium, Imhotep, One Zero One, Unfair2017 Details
2016Royals Cacao, Cogz, Elysium, One Zero One, Pyramix, Rise to Power2016 Details
2015Sushi Go Elevenses, Francis Drake, Pack of Heroes, Pyramix, Rise to Power, Royals2015 Details
2014Relic RunnersAnimalacious, Pirates of the Spanish Main: Shuffling the Deck, Question Time, Sushi Go2014 Details
2013Dungeon Raiders Cuble, Rosetta, Viewpoint: Reflections2013 Details
2011/2Dweebies Caption If You Can!, Dungeon Raiders, Higher or Lower, Viewpoint 2011/2 Details
2010Make’n’Break Compact Heads of State, Whirlpool, Word Wrangles Game Pack 2010 Details
2009Sorts for Kids Cannonball Colony, KogWorks, Make ‘n’ Break Compact 2009 Details
2008Archaeology: the card game Acronymia, Kingdom Quest, Sorts, SuDoKu Battle Lines, Word Wrangles 2008 Details

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)