The results are in and Germans have spoken. The annual Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) was announced on June 28th and it goes to Dixit. Who knew they’d still like party games?
I’m in the middle of getting ready to move, so I will only say a few things here about this game and some of the runners up I’ve played. (For full, easy to understand review of this game in video, go here)
This really is a great party game. It’s especially great for artistic people and those who like to think abstractly. The colorful, surrealist pictures are fun to look at. It’s even more fun to create themes for as this is what you do on your turn. Everyone else tries to pick a card of theirs they think matches that theme. Then everyone (besides the person who’s turn it is) tries to pick the current player’s card using number chips. Scores are divvied out from there. The scoring system is the trickiest part because the player who’s turn it is wants some people to pick their card but not everyone while everyone else wants everyone to pick their card. Because you can come up with any theme you want on your turn, the game has massive reply value and can lead to some very creative and sometimes hilarious games!
number of players: 3-6 (I suggest the more the merrier. It is a party game)
Playing time: 30 minutes
Suggested ages: 8 and up
The Runners Up
Portrayal–Haven’t played yet
A la Carte–Haven’t played yet
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age–On my wishlist. If you like Yahtzee, this is the next step up. Quick civilization building type game with specially marked dice, pad of paper and pencil. Great fun for a building game without the deep concentration and over analysis of many building games.
Fresco–Played this just last Saturday and liked it. Another worker placement type game where you’re trying to balance your mood by not getting up too early yet early enough to buy the right paints first so you can mix them and complete a section of the ceiling fresco the bishop ordered. Enjoyable but nothing terribly new and exciting here and certainly a lot more complex than the other nominees.
Photos from Boardgamegeek.com