Mensa Select winners

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 in concept, challenging, and well designed. Additionally, these games are a good value for the price, easy to comprehend and play, and, above all, fun! Look for the Mensa Select seal when purchasing games.

Winning Year:
Game Name:

Architects of the West Kingdom (2019 winner)

Architects of the West Kingdom Manufacturer: Renegade Game Studios
Description: As royal architects, players compete to construct various landmarks. Will you remain virtuous, or be found in the company of thieves and black marketeers?
Players: 2–4
Age Range: 13+

Gizmos (2019 winner)

Manufacturer: CMON INC Gizmos
Description: The Great Science Fair is approaching! Inventors from all over the land are looking to show that they have what it takes to win by building the greatest machines ever seen. Harnessing the four types of energy, they’ll construct their machines to be both efficient and useful.Gizmos puts players in the role of inventors. By using the four types of energy marbles, they will create their own personal Gizmo, adding on one Machine card at a time… or more, if they use their ingenuity to chain together multiple cards with a single play. Science is as much about creativity as it is about math!
Players: 2–4
Age Range: 13+

Gunkimono (2019 winner)

Gunkimono Manufacturer: Renegade Game Studios
Description: Deploy new squads of troops to yield victory points or forego these points and save up for your stronghold instead in this tile-laying and area control game.
Players: 4–6
Age Range: 13+

Planet (2019 winner)

Manufacturer: Blue Orange Games Planet
Description: Each player’s board is a 12-sided 3-dimensional planet core. They select landscape tiles and arrange them on their planet to win Animal Cards and create the most populated planet.
Players: 2–4
Age Range: All Ages

Victorian Masterminds (2019 winner)

Victorian Masterminds Manufacturer: CMON INC
Description: Sherlock Holmes is missing. In his absence, evil villains from all over the world are plotting their takeover. Yes, it’s a good time to be bad, as everyone is completing their mechanical monstrosities with which their rule will be unchallenged. But which villain will come to rule? In Victorian Masterminds, players take on the role of super villains, each trying to finish their mechanical marvels while stealing buildings from major cities and kidnapping scientists to do their bidding.
Players: 2–4
Age Range: 13+