Game Expo Players Award Shortlist

Created by: Seiji Kanai
Game duration: 30-40mins
Number of players: 3-6
Recommended ages: 10-99
Country of origin: Japan
Rules link: How to play Adventure Tours, Video link: Adventure Tours on YouTube

Embark on your next adventure, but be wise!

To ensure a successful expedition you must attract wealthy participants and powerful sponsors whose money will help you reach victory.

The most influential and wealthy participants who will help you to achieve the final victory, demand a well-equipped expedition.

Think carefully about how you will lay your hand cards and use... Read More

Created by: Francesco Rotta
Game duration: 15-20mins
Number of players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 7-99
Country of origin: Italy
Rules link: How to play Battle Sheep, Video link: Battle Sheep on YouTube

They set out to conquer the world one pasture at a time!

In Battle Sheep up to 4 players start by quickly constructing a very grassy play area, unique each and every game. They each then position all of their sheep in one of the outside pastures, ready to divide and conquer. 

Each player takes turns and starts by 'splitting' their flock of sheep, moving one pile as far as they... Read More

Created by: Seiji Kanai
Game duration: 5-20mins
Number of players: 2-2




Created by: Thierry Denoual
Game duration: 10-15mins
Number of players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 4-99
Country of origin: United States
Rules link: How to play Chickyboom!, Video link: Chickyboom! on YouTube

In Chickyboom, the chickens are hanging out on their colourful wooden perch, but if one of them decides to leave, the whole perch will teeter.

Collect as many chickens, hay bales and wagon wheels before the rocking perch topples. How many pieces can you save?

The chickens, hay bales and wagon wheels have different weights, meaning different point values. Selecting a heavier piece... Read More

Created by: Dominique Ehrhard
Game duration: 15-20mins
Number of players: 1-10
Recommended ages: 8-99
Country of origin: France

Crazy Circus is a simultaneous puzzle solving game where three animals stand on two platforms and you must issue spoken commands to change their configuration

For example, "Ma", which moves the bottom animal on one platform to the top, or "Ni" which swaps the top two animals on the two platforms.

As a result, the game is a race to shout out multi-syllable commands such as the... Read More

Created by: Darren Kisgen
Game duration: 20-40mins
Number of players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 8-99
Country of origin: United States
Video link: Dragonwood on YouTube

Dare to enter Dragonwood!

Deep in the heart of this mythical forest lurk angry ogres, giggling goblins, and even the famed and fearsome fire-breathers themselves! Collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice, which you will use to roll against your foes. Stomp on some fire ants, shriek at a grumpy troll, or strike the menacing orange dragon with a magical silver sword.

Choose... Read More

Created by: Harris Tsagas
Game duration: 15-20mins
Number of players: 1-5
Recommended ages: 4-99
Country of origin: Greece

Players work together trying to turn all of the tiles in the Farm face down, or help the Farmer catch the Wolf before they enter the Farm.

If the Wolf enters the Farm, then the Wolf is the winner.
If every animal tile is face down or the Farmer catches the Wolf, then the players have won together and rescued the Farm! Hurray!


Four Elements - IG Awards 2017
Created by: Robert Murelli
Game duration: 5-20mins
Number of players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 6-99
Country of origin: United Kingdom

Four Elements is a tactical dexterity game that takes phyiscal gaming to the next level. Players build mighty fortresses using the Elements Fire, Water, Earth & Air.


Here's what the creator of Fours Elements had to say about the game:

1. What does the game involve?

The game is all about Fire, Water, Earth... Read More

Created by: Brian Gomez
Game duration: 20-40mins
Number of players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 6-99
Country of origin: Latvia
Video link: Ice Cool on YouTube

You won't believe it!

These penguins are real rascals: if your flick is good enough, they can slide not only straight, they can make curves and even jump over the walls.

Each player will have to use the best of their skills in order to get the most points in this fun and exciting game.

It's not just cool, it's ICE COOL!


Created by: Brian Gomez
Game duration: 20-40mins
Number of players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 6-99
Country of origin: Latvia

You won't believe it!

These penguins are real rascals: if your flick is good enough, they can slide not only straight, they can make curves and even jump over the walls.

Each player will have to use the best of their skills in order to get the most points in this fun and exciting game.

It's not just cool, it's ICE COOL!

 

Ice Cool 2... Read More

In A Bind Jnr - IG Awards 2017
Created by: Behrooz 'Bez' Shahriari
Game duration: 10-20mins
Number of players: 3-8
Recommended ages: 4-10
Country of origin: United Kingdom

Draw a card! Read it aloud! Now do what it says... Those are all the rules of the game! As the games go on you will balance cards on your body and contort yourself. You're In A Bind, but you still need to draw your next card!

In a Bind Jr takes around 15 minutes. It's best for 3-6 people but you can play with even bigger groups by combining decks and splitting into teams. Each card has... Read More
Shop link: Click to buy

Created by: Laurent Escoffier , Created by: David Franck
Game duration: 15-25mins
Number of players: 2-5
Recommended ages: 8-99
Country of origin: France

In the wonderful land of Arkadia, a very old king has no heir.

He organizes a tournament to offer his throne to the bravest adventurer of the kingdom. Up to five finalists will wander seven worlds full of surprises...

In Loony Quest, players study challenging level cards and are then given 30 seconds to meet each one’s demands, armed only with a pen and tracing sheet.

Once... Read More

Created by: Marco Valtriani
Game duration: 15-20mins
Number of players: 3-8
Recommended ages: 6-99



Created by: Martino Chiacchiera , Created by: Benedetto Degli Innocenti
Game duration: 15-25mins
Number of players: 3-8
Recommended ages: 8-99
Country of origin: China

Mood X is a storytelling and lateral thinking game in which your playmates' personality is part of the game.

The game is divided into turns, and on each turn a different player acts as the protagonist of a short story, and a clever mechanism helps the other players to generate a range of stories in little time. Amusingly each story will be about at least one of the players at the table... Read More

ORE-SOME - IG Game Awards 2017

Game duration: 40-60mins
Number of players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 8-98
Country of origin: United Kingdom

ORE-SOME! is a frantic day in the mine played over 6 rounds of 2 phases each. The miner who makes the most money at the end of the day is declared the winner!

In the Move Phase, players move, ram and block each other for the best spots to dig. Rammed carts drop precious ore that can be swiped if you're quick and cunning!

In the Dig Phase, players take turns digging for, stealing... Read More

Created by: Marcel-André Casasola Merkle
Game duration: 30-45mins
Number of players: 2-5
Recommended ages: 8-99
Country of origin: Germany
Video link: Boardgame Geek Game Page

Pyramid of Pengqueen is a game with asymmetrical goals. While one player as the Mummy tries to catch tomb raiders, the other players try to secure as many treasures as possible from the Pyramid.

The game is played with magnetic playing pieces on two sides of a vertical board, so the Mummy player cannot see the pieces of the tomb raiders. As the Mummy piece consists of two parts (one on... Read More

Created by: Chris Childs , Created by: Tony Richardson
Game duration: 20-30mins
Number of players: 3-8
Recommended ages: 7-99
Country of origin: China
Rules link: How to play PDF from Out of the Box, Video link: on YouTube

The party game where everyone is an animal…or at least sounds like one!

The laughter erupts when tongue-tied players stumble and stutter to blurt out the animal sounds of the other players.

You’ll have bales of fun with Quack-a-doodle-Moo. It’s a real hoot!


Shop link: Click to buy
Created by: Petr Doubek , Created by: Céline Bénédé
Game duration: 15-20mins
Number of players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 7-99
Country of origin: France
Rules link: Rules link PDF, Video link: Youtube Presentation & game rules

A game of strategy.

Recreate the colour combinations of your cards on the board while all players are using the same pieces.

Each player is dealt 4 cards showing colour combinations. In turn, each player must try to recreate their combinations on the board by putting down coloured counters one by one. As soon as a player completes one of the combinations on the board, they say "... Read More


Game duration: 10-20mins
Number of players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 5-99
Country of origin: Germany

Rhino Hero is back on the job! And this time, not only does the wobbly skyscraper need to be climed, but there will be fierce battles between four superheros: Rhino Hero himself and three new additions: Girraffe Boy, Big E. and Batguin. Who will win the battles and successfully fend off the mean spider monkeys? A turbulent 3D stacking game for 2-4 players age 5+


Created by: Dave Cousins
Game duration: 5-15mins
Number of players: 3-6
Recommended ages: 10-99
Country of origin: United Kingdom

A game of memory, deduction and murder!

Players take on the role of Gangsta Teddy Bears who have just stolen a safe and each know one part of the combination.

Players ask each other questions to discover the complete combination, eliminating each other as a bear's information becomes known to the group.

The rules are simple, each player has a colour card and a number card... Read More

Created by: Ignacio Sanchez Usera , Created by: Jorge Pinan
Game duration: 10-15mins
Number of players: 2-6
Recommended ages: 8-99
Country of origin: Spain

Creatures from outer space have arrived on Earth and they want to communicate with us, but… they need to learn our language!

 With SBLAP you have to say words so that the aliens can learn to communicate. This game requires speed, a sharp eye, creativity and memory to succeed!


Created by: Phil Walker-Harding
Game duration: 20-25mins
Number of players: 2-4
Recommended ages: 8-99
Country of origin: Germany
Rules link: Rules,

Distant islands with golden treasures – who hasn’t dreamed of that?!

Silver & Gold combines simple rules, fast action, luck, and planning as players try to complete treasure map after treasure map.

The maps are wipeable to allow for endless adventures!

 

Created by: John Yianni
Game duration: 30-45mins
Number of players: 2-2
Recommended ages: 8-99
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Rules link: Tatsu Rules,

A fast pace, dragon themed backgammon style game. Each player using a stack of dragon stones, with three different dragon powers (Fire, Water, Vine) to either burn up, wash away or entangle the opponents dragon stones.

Victory comes when a player manages to burn up all of one type of the opposition's dragons or wash away all the opposition’s dragons off the board so that none remain in... Read More

Created by: Gun-Hee Kim
Game duration: 10-20mins
Number of players: 2-5
Recommended ages: 8-99
Country of origin: Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of

At the start of a race, each player secretly bets on two of four animals: turtle, rabbit, sheep, and duck. One animal is chosen at random for each player.

Then players must choose one of their cards from their hand of 6 to place face down (possibly the same animal) as an additional bet.

Players then take turns laying down 1-4 cards, with all cards needing to show the same animal... Read More