2014 Best International Game


Designer: Stefan Feld
Publisher: Z-man
Players: 2 – 4
Playing time: 60 minutes
Suitable for: Families ages 12 and up, Strategy gamers
Indicative price: $70 – $100
We shortlisted it because: A beautiful looking game in which players are merchants in a 15th century city. Complex, but so worth the learning curve, that we couldn’t ignore it. Each turn you play one of the cards in your hand, and as every card has a multitude of uses, the choices are plentiful and there are lots of different ways to win. The basics of playing soon fall into place, it can be played over and over, and is genuinely intriguing and exciting.

Other Shortlisted Games:

Thebes: The Tomb Raiders


Designer: Peter Prinz
Publisher: Queen Games
Players: 2 – 4
Playing time: 30-60 minutes
Suitable for: Ages 10 and up
Indicative price: $35 – $50
We shortlisted it because: A fun family game with several interesting and clever elements and a well-implemented archaeology theme. Gain knowledge and then head out on digs, but be careful not to run out of time because everything you do costs you a certain number of weeks! Easy to learn and fun to play with a nice balance of luck, choices and strategy.


Bang: The Dice Game


Designer: Michael Palm
Lukas Zach
Publisher: dv Giochi
Players: 3-8
Playing time: 15 minutes
Suitable for: Ages 8 and up
Indicative price: $20 – $30
We shortlisted it because: A quick, fast and furious dice game that can accommodate up to eight players. Hidden identities means everyone’s a suspect, and arrows, bullets, and even beer, fly hither and thither. Easy to learn, with excellent components and at a good price, this game packs plenty of fun and replay value.