Winning games

Mensa Select SealEach year, members of Mensa meet over one weekend to play and rate the year's newest board games. The top five games earn Mensa Select® distinction and may display the Mensa Select seal on their packaging.

The seal indicates that a game is original, challenging and well designed. Indirectly, it indicates that a game is original and creative in concept, challenging, a good value for the price, easy to comprehend and play, and, above all, fun! Look for the Mensa Select seal when purchasing games.

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Game Name:

Circular Reasoning

(winner 2016)
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Circular Reasoning Manufacturer: Breaking Games
Description: In Circular Reasoning, players race each other to get all their tokens to the center of a circular board. The board state changes as the game presses on, impacting how players interact and how they intend to win.
Players: 2-4
Age Range: 12+

Favor of the Pharaoh

(winner 2016)
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Manufacturer: Bezier Games, Inc. Favor of the Pharaoh
Description: Favor of the Pharaoh tasks players with building a dice-rolling engine--not to mention adding and manipulating dice--in preparation for a final roll-off between all players to gain the Pharaoh's favor and win the game.
Players: 2-4
Age Range: 13+

New York 1901

(winner 2016)
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New York 1901 Manufacturer: Blue Orange Games
Description: This family strategy game is about building skyscrapers on the famous streets of New York City. Players compete to acquire land from the marketplace so that they can fit their historic skyscrapers within the territory of their expanding estate.
Players: 2-4
Age Range: 8 and Up

The Last Spike

(winner 2016)
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Manufacturer: Columbia Games Inc. The Last Spike
Description: In the Last Spike, players cooperate to build a continuous railway from St. Louis to Sacramento. Players also compete to earn the most money from land speculation before the Last Spike ends the game.
Players: 2-6
Age Range: 10+

Worlds Fair 1893

(winner 2016)
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Worlds Fair 1893 Manufacturer: Renegade Game Studios
Description: Acting as organizers of the fair, players work diligently to increase their influence throughout the fair and obtain the grand exhibits that will be put on display. The organizer who has earned the best reputation when the fair begins wins.
Players: 2-4
Age Range: 13+