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It’s time again: Punctually at the end of the year, I also present you a couple of in my opinion especially successful representatives from the colorful world of the board games again in 2021.

More and more people are still discovering the analog gaming world for themselves and are quite fascinated that there is no off show of the usual suspects like monopoly, humans do not annoy you and co. so much more to try out. I’m glad that has rediscovered his love for the board game a few years ago, of course, especially.

And that’s why I would like to give you some recommendations for board games here, which I especially liked this year, and where I am sure that you could also like many of you. On my list, you can find both titles that are more of the beginners, but also which, which focuses on advanced board players. Of course, as always there is no guarantee that the games also like you.

Anyone who is still looking for inspiration can gladly browse the lists from recent years, but of course, my recommendations are still today:

Board Game Tips 2016
Board Game Tips 2017
Board Game Tips 2018
Board Game Tips 2019
Board Game Tips 2020

Let’s go with my board game Recommendations 2021!

My Gold Mine

Publisher: Cosmos
Player number: 2-6
Age recommendation: from 7 years
Time: 25 minutes
Price (approx.): 13 Euro
Website: My Gold Mine

My Gold Mine is a push your luck game, so we challenge our luck. As a dwarf, we have to escape from a mine as possible with as many gold lumps as possible, without being burnt from the Dragon Robert. For this we choose a map of two stacks every train. One contains gold club, but may cause the dragon to hike in one’s own direction, the other contains output cards with which we can move in the direction of saving freedom. How much gold is just killed or how many steps it is, of course, is not clear, which is why every train is a bit thrill.

Especially since we also have an influence on our players, for example when a card is revealed, with which the places are exchanged by two figures or the entire group goes a step direction output. This high degree of interaction, but of course luck to ensure that my gold mine is suitable for both smaller and larger players inside, thanks to simpler rule and, little material you can play immediately. Due to the small box size and the manageable price, the title is also perfectly suitable as a cord.

Raise

Publisher: Beatnik
Player number: 2-5
Age recommendation: from 10 years
Time: 20 minutes
Price (approx.): 16 Euro
Website: raise

The Raise published recently at Beatnik is the perfect game for real gamers. Because this is about topping the others as often as possible in order to win the victory at the end. A special feature is the interaction of cubes and own hand cards. The former give a multiplier that gives a value together with our concealed hand card, to which we then put our counter. The fellow players in with the lowest value can now continue playing by throwing their own cards until the next counting stone is reached. Otherwise, fit and the round can no longer be won.

What probably sounds quite complicated here, is internalized while playing even within minutes and then ensures true gaming at the table by the exciting topic principle. Raise requires a clever card management, some assets ( Which card could you play or play now? ) And makes my assessment in larger rounds — so four or fifth — most fun.

The perfect word

Publisher: Moses Overlap
Player number: 1-6
Age recommendation: from 12 years
Time: 15 minutes
Price (approx.): 15 Euro
Website: The perfect word

The perfect word makes its name because it is the best word game I’ve played in the 2,021st In general, it is possible to get many points for their own, registered on a block words. Before the start of each of the nine rounds is determined by cards drawn on how long should be the word to use (up to nine characters) and what initial letter. Then the timer and each runs r has one minute for a punketrächtiges possible word. These points are, for example, the placement of vowels to it preprinted sites or the complete utilization of the word length, and there are bonus points for certain combinations like NT or st. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.

Why do I like the game so can be explained very simply? Because in addition to the general learning effect creates the perfect word especially to motivate both word game lovers inside and all those who may have these games do not like. Because points there are also imperfect words, advanced tickled the other hand, to bag the last bonus points. And in the end there are often big surprise about what others are on their list.

My Gold Mine

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€9.39 €12.99

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Raise

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€20,64

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The perfect word

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€13,69 €14,95

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Micro Macro: Crime City

Publisher: Pegasus
Players: 1-4
Age recommendation: from 10 years
Playing time: 15 to 45 minutes
Price (approx.): 20 EUR
Website: Micro Macro

Micro Macro has cleared this year’s coveted Game of the Year award and that has probably to do with its unusual concept. Because this is a hidden object game in which we need to educate on a huge map crimes, such as murder or bank robbery. 16 cases there is a total, split into smaller deck. Each card will contain an alert or notice, thereafter diligently sought on the plan. If you think you have found the right answer or the searched detail, the card is turned over, and it is checked whether the answer is right or wrong. Then it’s on to the next card, and so the next piece of the puzzle in the case on.

Who Wimmelbücher like Where’s Waldo? know about what at Micro Macro to him or her due. It just makes a lot of fun to go into the city to explore, because there teeming with fun details. Is that the plan not colored, but only in black and white, the fascination does not detract from, but rather provides for more clarity. Practical: Icons identify cases with incomplete adult content, already can search that allows even small children. Meanwhile, a second part is already appeared with 16 other cases.

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The Adventures of Robin Hood

Publisher: Cosmos
Players: 2-4
Age recommendation: from 10 years
Playing time: 60 minutes
Price (approx.): 50 EUR
Website: Robin Hood

The adventures of the Robin Hood was nominated for the game of the year price, but in the end Micro Macro had to leave the instance. Nevertheless, the beautifully illustrated game by Michael Mendel but highly recommended. We assume the roles of Robin Hood, Little John and Co. and have to solve the big game plan different tasks, such as talking with people, freeing fellow from the clutches of the Sheriff of Nottingham and many more. For that sets the game to an equally unusual as intuitive principle. Because for us to move around the board, we put wooden templates together. Thus, we achieve Kläppchen on the plan, we can detach a similar Advent and give them the then trigger certain events or new information. So the plan changed dynamically over the course of a match.

Told and controlled every game with a high-quality bound book, in addition to the introduction of a new chapter, among other things, different responses from persons includes talking to us. The Adventures of Robin Hood relies entirely on the principle of building up and start playing. An extensive manual is not here, which is why the game especially for beginners inside and family sectors. But even experienced player board inside should have fun with the title thanks to the great adventure over brought flair have.

Savannah Park

Publisher: Deep Print Games
Players: 1-4
Age recommendation: From 8 years
Playing time: 20 to 40 minutes
Price (approx.): 30 EUR
Website: Savannah Park

Fast explained, played quickly — that also meets Savannah Park. Basically, it is about to arrange animal plates on the own game plateau so that as large as possible groups of equal species arise. When we are on the train, we take one of the platelets and then put it to the open place on our tableau. The Cloud: All players must move exactly the same platelets, through the random constellations on the tableau is ensured that there are not the same games. Once each platelet was moved, it will be billed and who has the most points wins.

Despite the actual simple game flow and the relatively limited possibilities, Savannah Park has packed correctly. This is due to the motivation to achieve the highest possible score and the fact that a round is played very quickly. This happens, even different things need to be considered. Bush burn fields, for example, scan your animals, stones must not be super building. The high score hunt is in such a quick internal light that my recommendation is especially for families with children in school age.

witch stone

Publisher: SUCH!
Player number: 2-4
Age recommendation: from 12 years
Time: 60 to 90 minutes
Price (approx.): 40 Euro
Website: Witch stone

In Witch stone, we slip into the role of wizards and witches that compete for victory points around an old holy stone. In our witch chamber we puzzle hexagon platelets with symbols to each other with which we perform different actions on the large game plan. For example, we travel with our witch figure via a game plan and get points for completed ways. Or we progress on the wand bar ahead to secure ourselves bonuses. By placing and achieving bonus actions, proper chain reactions can occur later. Also, at Witch stone wins in the end, who has taste the most points.

The fulfilling at Witch stone is that every action is rewarded with anything. Here is a progress, there a little success, the feeling is completely positive. Although the random order of the hexagon platelets, it is difficult to play on certain strategies, making the different actions rather balanced quite balanced, this does not matter greatly. Due to the integration of the individual elements you should already bring for Witch stone ideally a little gaming experience, it is suitable for my assessment but also as a somewhat more demanding entry into the world of board games.

Dune Empire

Publisher: MODEL
Player number: 1-4
Age recommendation: from 13 years
Time: 60+ minutes
Price (approx.): 45 Euro
Website: Dune Empire

The Dune universe experienced a veritable Renaissance this year by the Cinema Film of Denis Villanueva. And who wants to dive deeper there, can do that, among other things, with Dune Empire, one of the best board games I played this year. Here we roll ourselves as a representative in the large houses on the desert planet Arrays, collecting with spice, solar and water important resources and tries to win in conflicts to get bonuses to finally reach 10 victory points and thus a lot for us decide. Mechanically, Dune Empire is a mix of worker placement and deck building. So we place figures on the plan to carry out actions, location and strength of the respective action are determined by our played cards.

What sounds relatively dry, when playing itself quickly becomes a gripping fight. Around each resource is fought, committed in conflicts — especially because you can take this because of intrigue cards a surprising turn and every winning victory is cheered. Much of what I guess of board games comes together in Dune Empire, which is why I can recommend the game to all non-connoisants of the film or the universe. However, you should be at least three for a game, better still to be four, because here the competition is greatest and thus the gaming experience most intense.

Beyond the Sun

Publisher: Grohmann Games
Player number: 2-4
Age recommendation: from 12 years
Time: 90 to 120 minutes
Price (approx.): 70 Euro
Website: Beyond the Sun

Beyond the Sun puts us in the 23rd century. Humanity threatens on the earth of downfall and different political groups deal with the resettlement of other planets and exploration of necessary technologies. We are one of these political groups and make exactly this in the course of a game: On a technology tree, we place our action stone and, among other things, cranks the economy, re-explained skills (e.g. Terraforming) or colonization of remote planetary systems. However, resources such as ore or population are necessary for this purpose and their replenishment needs to be curled.

So there is a lot to do in Beyond the Sun and also the score-looking schedule with its huge technology tree initially looks a little inviting. Anyone who can not be deterred by it will then be rewarded Amber with an incredibly satisfying feeling, because here we really have the impression that it goes ahead, and we gradually improve. The general mechanics of Beyond the Sun is comparatively easy, yet the game is more of something for advanced or even experts players. They should look at the title but absolutely.

Arch Nova

Publisher: FIRE LAND
Player number: 1-4
Age recommendation: from 14 years
Time: 90 to 120 minutes
Price (approx.): 65 Euro
Website: Arch Nova

At this year’s game in Essen — the most important trade fair for board and card games — Arch Nova had the largest hype by far. The existing specimens were out of stock in the NU and is currently very hard to get to the title, there will be improvement in March / April. In general, we build a scientifically guided zoo in Arch Nova. A total of five action cards, for example, to build attractions, support species protection projects or hire specialists who make our zoo a bit more attractive. Overall, there are more than 250 cards in the game, of which we do not all see every part. This should then be ensured for an enormous high resume stimulus.

I use the word here, because I’m still waiting for my specimen of Arch Nova when I write these lines. Due to the mechanics mix and the whole appearance of the game, however, I already know that I really liked the game. For board game fresh lings, the title is probably nothing, because it is a knocker in every way. Much material that requires a large table, an extensive rule and a playing time of about an hour per participant make Arch Nova probably rather a delicious bite for experts. For them, however, the current games’ year is likely to hardly keep something better.

Micro Macro:
Crime City

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€16,99 €24,99

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Witch stone

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€50,93

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Dragon

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€19,99 €24,99

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Dragon

Publisher: Pegasus
Player number: 2-4
Age recommendation: from 5 years
Time: 90 to 120 minutes
Price (approx.): 65 Euro
Website: Arch Nova

And finally I have a tip for the very little players inside. In Dragon, four dominoes with two different landscape types are designed in each round of two different types of land from which each participant may choose one. These are puzzled to the already before a lying parts. If you manage to connect two like landscape types, you can turn an egg of this type. Anyone who finds a dinosaur gets a point. But also an empty egg gives a small consolation prize. Namely, the Dragonball figure, with which one can first choose a domino in the next round.

Dragon has hit my four-year-old daughter like a bomb. Anyway, that it requires you from reach games, it rarely occurs and has shown me that this must be very special here. Super Simple Rules, Great Featuring and Good Haptics Dragon make for me a real recommendation for all who want to bring children to the topic of board games.

And now you’re in it: Does your board games play? If yes, which? And: Do you have more recommendations?