Mensa Recommended Games

In addition to the five Mensa Select® winners chosen each year, our Mensa judges also designate a category of games “Recommended for Play.”

By using the “Recommended by American Mensa” label, a manufacturer signals that its game, while not a top-five pick, was still identified by Mensa member judges as one they enjoyed playing and worth recommending to others. The “Recommended by American Mensa” designation was introduced at Mind Games 2013 and has been a part every year since. Each year, 10-15 games are recognized by our judges as “Recommended by American Mensa.”

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Astro Trash Astro Trash
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: USAOPOLY

Astro Trash is a game in which each player must get rid of all the Trash on their play mat at the expense of the players to their left and right. Players simultaneously roll three dice and rapidly move the “trash” according to the direction, quantity, and color indicated on the dice.

Players: 2–4 | Age Range: All Ages

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Blank Slate Blank Slate
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: USAOPOLY

Clever party game where you try to predict what others are thinking. Everyone secretly writes a word that completes a phrase on the cue card, but choose your word carefully, you score the most points for matching words with only one other person. Player with the most points wins!

Players: 6–8 | Age Range: 13+

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Cat Crimes Cat Crimes
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: ThinkFun, Inc.

It's time to solve brainteasers about Sassy, Ginger and Mr. Mittens with Cat Crimes, Who's to Blame Logic Game. Players use reasoning and logic to solve 40 challenges to identify the furry culprit! Ages 8+

Players: 1 | Age Range: All Ages

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Dragon Castle Dragon Castle
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: CMON INC

The Dragon Castle was once the most powerful and influential location in all of the realms. However, for decades, it has been in decline. Negligence has led to disrepair, and now the once-imposing palace has begun to crumble. As the people abandon the castle, there is an opportunity for the lords of the neighboring realms to become the new center of power. In Dragon Castle, you take on the role of one of the lords attempting to lure the people to your realm. Build a palace worthy of their awe, and it just might be named the new Dragon Castle.

Players: 2–4 | Age Range: All Ages

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Forbidden Sky Forbidden Sky
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: Gamewright

From ocean, to desert, and now to the sky, this latest installment takes you to new heights with several novel challenges, including collectively planning a terrain using only limited information, and constructing a real electrical circuit.

Players: 2–4 | Age Range: 13+

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Intelle Intelle
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: Fisher Heaton Games

It's Hacker vs Hacker as players compete to control the various systems of the mainframe - abstract strategy.

Players: 2 | Age Range: All Ages

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Nite Lights Nite Lights
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: SimplyFun

Players light up the sky, stacking their firework cards and blocks on the board by creating and matching color patterns. The first player to send all six of their Show Blocks into the night sky wins.

Players: 2–4 | Age Range: 13+

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Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: CMON INC

New lands have opened up and a plan must be created for the railroads and highways that will cross it, but who will come up with the most effective plan? In Railroad Ink, players use the Route dice to create Rail and Highway Routes on their own Route board. They score points for connecting the various cities on the board, as well as having long, interconnected Routes.

Players: 4–6 | Age Range: All Ages

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Reef Reef
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: Plan B Games / Next Move Games

A strategic game of growing beautiful coral reef with clever card plays.

Players: 2–4 | Age Range: All Ages

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Sushi Roll Sushi Roll
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: Gamewright

Rice and dice! Roll with your favorite Sushi Go! characters in this dice version of the best-selling card game! Load up the conveyor belts with savory sushi dice – then pick one and pass the rest! Earn points for winning combos like two tempura or a set of sashimi. Grab a menu to re-roll your dice or use chopsticks to swap with an opponent. And of course – save room for pudding at the end! Pick up the most points and you’re on a Sushi Roll!

Players: 2–4 | Age Range: All Ages

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Tiny Towns Tiny Towns
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: Alderac Entertainment Group

Build your Tiny Town in this abstract spatial game featuring constant player interaction.

Players: 4–6 | Age Range: All Ages

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Wolf Wolf
(Recommended for Play 2019)

Manufacturer: Gray Matters Games

"Which is stronger? The Lone Wolf or the Pack? Find out in this strategic trivia game where friend quickly becomes foe!

Players: 4–6 | Age Range: 16+

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