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Mensa Select Games of the Years

Founded in 1990, American Mensa’s Mind Games® has become one of the most respected national games competitions. The four-day board-game-judging marathon draws Mensans and their guests from across the country where they vote on the year’s five best new-to-market games to be awarded the coveted Mensa Select seal.

This list includes 7 games from the last 3 years, with 1 like. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play Mensa certified games.


 

Shifting Stones

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Genres: Brain Game, Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Game Wright (@GameWright)

Players: You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room

Shifting Stones is a competitive brain game where you manipulate a grid of Stone cards to match arrangements on your Pattern cards. The trick is that you have to spend your Pattern cards to swap or flip the Stone cards. It's a game where you have to...

Miyabi

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Collecting, Push-Your-Luck, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

Developer: HABA USA (@HABA_USA)

Players: This is a single-player game

Miyabi is a world building brain game where you build elegant Japanese gardens. You place Tetris-shaped garden tiles in your garden matching different flowers, stones and tress with scoring columns. Because the garden tiles are awkward shapes and only...

Mental Blocks

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Communication, Puzzle and World Building

Pieces: Cards and Placeables

Developer: Pandasaurusgame (@Pandasaurusgame)

Players: You can play with 2 to 9 players in the same room

Mental Blocks is a puzzle game where you build shapes from blocks to match you Design cards. However, each card only shows you the construction from one perspective so you have to co-operative with the other players. Building the structure to match all...

Village Pillage

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Battle, Collecting, Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Blue Beard Ent (@BlueBeardEnt)

Players: You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room

Village Pillage is a simple card battling game about protecting your village. You choose which characters to send into battles which resolve depending on each card's abilities. Unlike similar card battle games, things are kept streamlined both by the...

Bermuda Pirates

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Action, Collecting, Dexterity, Push-Your-Luck and Traversal

Pieces: Board, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Fox Mind (@FoxMind)

Players: You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room

Bermuda Pirates is an action game about navigating a treacherous sea. You use your finger to push your boat through the sea to the central island to collect gems. The twist is the magnetic spots in the board that sink your boat and jettison any cargo.

Clip Cut Parks

Skill Rating: 7-11 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Roll-And-Write, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Cards, Dice and Placeables

Developer: Play Renegade (@PlayRenegade)

Players: This is a single-player game

ClipCut Parks is a world building brain-game where you are making the ideal park. You cut up sheets of square coloured terrain to place on your Park cards. The twist is that you can only make a specific number (and length) of cuts matching a dice role.

Stripes

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Genres: Brain Game, Collecting and Sequencing

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Breaking Games (@Breaking_Games)

Players: You can play with 2 to 6 players in the same room

Stripes is a sequencing and collecting card game where you create stripes of a single colour from a tangled mess of colours. You flip, draw and trade your cards into an order that creates a complete line of colour. It is about using limited actions to...

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