Preselection

Here is the selection of the games from which the winners of the Mensa Be Games Awards will be chosen by Mensa Be, the High IQ Society of Belgium.

On the basis of the criteria adopted by Mensa Be, 3 prizes are defined and will be awarded at the end of the votes during the MBGA weekend or online:

  • Mensa Be – Best Mensa Game 2019 : the best in terms of reflection and overall
  • Mensa Be – Best Social Game 2019 : the most fun to play together
  • Mensa Youth Be – Best Youth Game 2019 : the favorite of young people

 

In addition to these three prizes, the best Belgian game and the best cooperative game will be highlighted.




Kitchen Rush

Kitchen Rush

Kitchen Rush simulates the excitement of a high-pressure kitchen environment through an innovative real-time worker placement mechanism. 1-4 players work together trying to fulfill orders fast enough to earn enough money to keep the business going across 4 rounds of 4 minutes. The fun, excitement and rush it brings to the table offers a full course for gamers and family members alike.


Cooperative game
Author : Vangelis Bagiartakis, Dávid Turczi
Illustrator : Gong Studios
Editor : Artipia Games, Geek Attitude Games


Bunny Kingdom

Bunny Kingdom

Bunny Kingdom is a game for 2 to 4 players, in which you are Rabbit Lords who are conquering a new world on behalf of the Bunny King.

You will need to get the best of what these lands have to offer. Explore the furthest corners, construct Cities, farm Resources to make your Fiefs prosper, and accumulate precious Golden Carrots. Don’t forget to satisfy the King by accomplishing Missions of the utmost discretion on behalf of His Majesty!

Every choice can bring you laurels of victory, but in the end, only the most valiant among you will be named “Big Ears” by the Bunny King. Will you be worthy?


Author : Richard Garfield
Illustrator : Paul Mafayon
Editor : IELLO


Chronicles of Crime

Chronicles of Crime

Chronicles of Crime is a cooperative game of criminal investigation mixing board game, an app and a touch of Virtual Reality. You and your team will be put on crime cases, moving all around town, interviewing suspects or witnesses, and searching for clues in 3D scenes!

The base game comes with 6 scenarios (1 tutorial + 5 investigations) for a total of 6 to 8 hours of gameplay. More scenarios are and will be available without buying new physical components!

[Publisher description :https://luckyduckgames.com/games/chroniclesofcrime.html]


Cooperative game
Author : David Cicurel
Illustrator : Matijos Gebreselassie, Mateusz Komada, Katarzyna Kosobucka
Editor : Lucky Duck Games


Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Long John Silver’s crew has committed mutiny and has him cornered and tied up! Round after round, they question him about the location of his treasure and explore the island following his directions — or perhaps his misdirections? Who knows… The old sea dog is surely planning an escape, after all, after which he will definitely try to get his treasure back.

Treasure Island is a game of bluffing and adventure in which one player embodies Long John, trying to mislead the others in their search for his treasure. The hunt reaches its climax with Long John’s escape, when he will make a final run to get the booty for himself!

[Publisher description : https://www.matagot.com/en/catalog/details/jeux-entre-amis/2/l-ile-au-tresor/955]


Author : Marc Paquien
Illustrator : Vincent Dutrait
Editor : Matagot


Solenia

Solenia

Several millennia ago, the tiny planet Solenia lost its day-and-night cycle: Its northern hemisphere is forever plunged into darkness, and its southern hemisphere is eternally bathed in sunlight. Your mission is to carry on your ancestors’ honorable task of traveling the world to deliver essential goods to the inhabitants of both hemispheres. While the Day people want you to deliver the rarest gems and stones, the Night people sorely need wood and wheat to survive. Be efficient and outpace your opponents to collect the most gold stars by the end of the game!

[Publisher description : https://pearlgames.be/boardgame/solenia-2/]


Belgian game
Author : Sébastien Dujardin
Illustrator : Vincent Dutrait
Editor : Pearl Games


Stuffed Fables

Stuffed Fables

Stuffed Fables is an AdventureBook Game – an exciting new product line from Plaid Hat Games. In an AdventureBook Game all of the action takes place in the unique storybook – a book that acts as your rules reference, story guide, and game board, all in one!

Sworn to protect the little girl that loves them, a group of stuffed toys has been drawn into the Fall, an otherworldly, fantastic realm ruled by a brooding master of nightmares.

[Publisher description : https://www.plaidhatgames.com/games/stuffed-fables]


Cooperative game
Author : Jerry Hawthorne
Illustrator : Kristen Pauline, Tregis
Editor : Plaid Hat Games, Edge


Santorini

Santorini

Build like a mortal, win like a God in the game of Santorini, the strategic family board game by Gordon Hamilton. The objective is simple: Be the first player to build, block, and climb your way to the top of a tower three stories high. Sounds easy? Not so fast! Santorini requires tactical maneuvering and retains novelty with the addition of extra powers via “god” cards. With thousands of possibilities and unlimited replay value, each round of Santorini is exciting and new! Set up the island of Santorini and challenge your friends and family to construct the iconic city! Both kids and adults can play this game that tests the bounds of mortal intelligence. Join the pantheon of winners in the game of Santorini!

[Publisher description : https://www.spinmaster.com/product_detail.php?pid=p21321]


Author : Gord!
Illustrator : Lina Cossette, David Forest
Editor : Spin Master Ltd


Gravity Superstar

Gravity Superstar

At the edge of known space, the most famous adventurers converge on a strange little planet that is uniquely capable of attracting precious stardust with its befuddling gravity. These adventurers are there to collect as much of this rare resource as they can, while their rivals constantly try to steal it. You are one of these superstars on a quest for wealth, and you must overcome the gravitational challenges set before you!

[Publisher description : https://sitdown-games.com/produit/gravity-superstar-2/]


Belgian game
Author : Julian Allain
Illustrator : Gyom
Editor : Sit Down!


Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem

The players slip into the role of rich patricians in ancient Rome. Everyone is trying to build a lucrative district to score as many prestige points as possible. The novel way to get to the individual buildings of his district, and the varied display of the many different score cards makes the game to an unusual and very varied strategy game of the successful author Stefan Feld.


Author : Stefan Feld
Illustrator : Lalanda Hruschka
Editor : Alea, Ravensburger


The Mind

The Mind

The Mind is more than just a game. It’s an experiment, a journey, a team experience in which you can’t exchange information, yet will become one to defeat all the levels of the game.


Cooperative game
Author : Wolfgang Warsch
Illustrator : Oliver Freudenreich
Editor : Pandasaurus Games , Oya, White Goblin Games


Decrypto

Decrypto

Players compete in two teams in Decrypto, with each trying to correctly interpret the coded messages presented to them by their teammates while cracking the codes they intercept from the opposing team.


Author : Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance
Illustrator : Fabien Fulchiron, NILS, Manuel Sanchez
Editor : Le Scorpion Masqué


Orbis

Orbis

Orbis is a tactical game of world development and strategic resource management, in which players take on the roles of gods creating their best universes. Utilizing lands lost in the aether, players accumulate worshippers to spend on even more fruitful lands — some of which grant game-changing bonuses. The key to victory lies in having the most creation points (CPs) at the end of the game!


Author : Tim Armstrong
Illustrator : Davide Tosello
Editor : Space Cowboys


Shadows : Amsterdam

Shadows : Amsterdam

Amsterdam, nowadays.

An offense was committed. Over the last days, the police investigation languished. Your detective agency is required to speed it up, but your main rivals are also sent on the case.

In Shadows, each detective team drives around the city to find three clues then bring them back to its sponsor, before the other team. In each team, an informer sends visual tips to discreetly direct its detectives as fast as possible.

Shadows is a fast deduction game for all kind of players. From short rules and simple gameplay, feel the stress of the real-time competition.
Important! To complete the investigation, stay out the police way…


Author : Mathieu Aubert,
Illustrator : Studio M81 et Libellud
Editor : Libellud