The winner of this year’s prestigious Spiel des Jahres award is Daniela and Christian Stöhr’s Pictures, published by Rio Grande Games and PD-Verlag.
The game, which sees players try to re-create images using a mish-mash of objects, saw off competition from Reiner Knizia’s My City and Nova Luna from Uwe Rosenberg and Corné van Moorsel.
“The material sets in “Pictures” initially seem almost randomly thrown together, but in reality they are chosen wisely: each set challenges the players in a different way, and so the incentive to experiment is enormous,” read a statement from the Spiel des Jahres judges.
“The results are often astonishing, which is why the guessing sessions quickly resemble visiting art exhibitions: with great aha moments and amusing attempts to justify the misunderstood artist genius. Great creativity with the simplest of means.”
Elsewhere, winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres (recognising excellence for more complex games) was The Crew, designed by Thomas Sing and published by Kosmos, while Speedy Roll from Urtis Šulinskas was named Kinderspiel des Jahres (Children’s game of the Year).
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