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.”

Astro Trash

Astro Trash

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  USAOPOLY
Players: 2–4
Age Range: All Ages

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.

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Blank Slate

Blank Slate

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  USAOPOLY
Players: 6–8
Age Range: 13+

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!

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Cat Crimes

Cat Crimes

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  ThinkFun, Inc.
Players: 1
Age Range: All Ages

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+

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Dragon Castle

Dragon Castle

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  CMON INC
Players: 2–4
Age Range: All Ages

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.

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Forbidden Sky

Forbidden Sky

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  Gamewright
Players: 2–4
Age Range: 13+

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.

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Intelle

Intelle

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  Fisher Heaton Games
Players: 2
Age Range: All Ages

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

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Nite Lights

Nite Lights

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  SimplyFun
Players: 2–4
Age Range: 13+

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.

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Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition

Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  CMON INC
Players: 4–6
Age Range: All Ages

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.

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Reef

Reef

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  Plan B Games / Next Move Games
Players: 2–4
Age Range: All Ages

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

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Sushi Roll

Sushi Roll

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  Gamewright
Players: 2–4
Age Range: All Ages

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!

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Tiny Towns

Tiny Towns

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  Alderac Entertainment Group
Players: 4–6
Age Range: All Ages

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

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Wolf

Wolf

Recommended for Play 2019

Manufacturer:  Gray Matters Games
Players: 4–6
Age Range: 16+

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

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