April 17, 2008

Mensa Selects Top 5 Games for 2008

HomerBrain.jpgEvery year the smartacular organization Mensa puts a slew of creative games to the test. They look for games that are fun, approachable, and that knock the cobwebs off the neglected corners of your brain unit.

Yesterday they released a list of the prize winners for 2008. From the press release:

"Mensa Select games are chosen based upon several criteria including aesthetics, instructions, originality, play appeal and play value. You don't have to be a genius to enjoy these games but you should be ready to have a great time!"

Not to taint the all happy-happy rhetoric, but as our apt friends at BoardGameNews have observed, the contestants had to pay for a fee to enter, which doesn't quite make it an open contest. Still, these top 5 have bubbled up from a list of 54 creative games meant to tickle your noggin, and that's saying something.

If you'd like more information about the selection process, or the games in general, checkout the press release.

And without further ado, the Top 5 games for 2008 as described by Mensa Mindgames:

  • AmuseAmaze [Amazon] HL Games A spell-binding word race in a letter maze, where even little words are winners. The board changes each time the game is played, as it's played, so it's never the same game twice!

  • Eye Know [Amazon] Wiggles 3D
    A board game featuring trivia with a poker twist. Players identify images, answer compelling trivia related to the image and collect cards while placing strategic bets.

  • Jumbulaya Platypus Games
    Players build new words, rearrange tiles and claim lines while simultaneously searching for a Jumbulaya.
  • Pixel [Amazon, Funagain] Educational Insights
    Don't let the situation slide out of control in this fun strategy game of slide, point, align, and win. The first player with three in a row wins!

  • Tiki Topple [Funagain] Gamewright
    A fast-paced strategy game. Players try to maneuver their secret tikis to the top of the line by playing the right combination of action cards. The player with the most points wins!

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