The 9 games nominated for the Spiel des Jahres are known

The matches of the next Spiel des Jahres have been announced. A nice selection.

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Do you follow the announcements of the various awards throughout the year? The Swiss Gamers Award? The Golden TricTrac? The golden ace? Canteen? The gold diamond? Spiel des Jahres? Every time there is a kind of fervor. Which game will they play, which games will they showcase on the nomination list? So test the prognosis and often fail. It is a game in itself.

It is in May of each year that the most prestigious award in the industry announces its nominations. 9 games, in 3 categories. The Kennerspiel des Jahres, the prize for a more… “plush” game, the Kinderspiel des Jahres, the best game for children, then the main one, the Spiel des Jahres, the best game of the year.

Like every spring since 1979, a jury chooses from all the games released during the year to designate 9. These 9 games are then on the list of nominated games and the winners are known a few weeks later. June for the best game for children and July for the best game for an experienced audience and the famous Spiel des Jahres, more suitable for families.

This jury is made up of ten professionals, journalists, mainly 8 men and 2 women, to choose the game of the expert and the family. To choose the best game for children, this year there are 4 professionals, including 1 woman and 3 men.

This year, the nominees for the Spiel des Jahres 20222 were revealed on the official awards Twitter account in a series of tweets.

Here are the three titles selected by category.

The children’s game of the year

Even smart

By Wolfgang Warsch, aged 2 to 4, ages 5 and up. This is the children’s version of Very clever. A roll and write. We roll the dice, check things and gizmos on a card. His “big brother” Très Futé was already nominated for the Spiel des Jahres four years ago in 2022.

The Belcastel Grand Prix

The Belcastel Grand Prix is, in a sense, the children’s version of Charlatans of Belcastel by the same author of the game with the previous name, the very bankable Wolfgang Warsch. The Charlatans ended up winning the Kennerspiel.

From 6 years old, from 2 to 4. The French version is announced in a few days.


Zauberberg takes up the marble run in a way, with a tray that allows you to roll up tickets and characters trying to climb the mountain. A cooperative and original game for children.

By Jens-Peter Schliemann and Bernhard Weber, ages 5, ages 1 to 4.

Kennerspiel des Jahres

Duna: Imperium

Adapted from the Frank Herbert universe, Duna: Imperium is a strategy game that combines deck building and worker placement to deliver deeply thematic gameplay mechanics to stick to this science fiction monument. And inevitably, since it’s Dune, the game offers you to embody one of the factions fighting for control of the sand planet Arrakis!

Note that a very early expansion is approaching, L’Avènement d’Ix. Adds three new Great Houses to the base game.

Living Forest

In Living Forest, four nature spirits have been named to save the sacred tree from the devastating flames of Onibi. In turn, they will have to choose from the items brought to them by the Guardian Animals to replant protective trees, fend off Onibi’s flames or awaken Sanki, the Guardian of the forest …


Strange to see this game placed on the list of the best games of 2022. Cryptid it was actually released in VO and VF in 2019. I guess it had to be released in German, the language of the Spiel, much later in order for it to appear on the list.

Cryptid is an excellent deduction game that asks you to find a hidden creature. We have already told you about it in detail.

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In Scout, capture the performers of your opponents and create the greatest circus show. Each member of your team has a specific role. To fill the gaps in your team, try to find members in other circus groups!

By adding just one more person, you can set off an incredible chain reaction that will help you create a show that no other circus can outrun. Will you fight with your current members? Or will you wait and try to recruit more? You’ll feel amazingly good when you make the right choices in this fast-paced card game!

Scout it is in fact a micro-game of cards released by the Japanese Oink, used to offering us dense, fun and engaging minigames.

Top ten

Top ten at Cocktail Games is a suggestive, fun, and cooperative game released in 2020 that asks you to rank the claims based on a scale. A great communication game. For us already one of the best of 2020.


Cascadia is a tile game with sublime and sublime rules that we absolutely loved. And that definitely deserves its place on this list.


Pending the results, this list of the 9 games nominated for the three Spiel categories is quite rich and consistent. However, we can identify four aspects:

👉 Austrian author Wolfgang Warsch still manages, as in 2018, to list two of his games

👉Some games came out two, three years ago.

👉 Kennerspiel aligns with As d’Or 2022, which has already awarded two awards for Dune Imperium and Living Forest

👉 The Spiel is often “accused” of only congratulating, of celebrating only German matches. This year there is a Japanese, it is rare, two French and three Americans.

The winner of the main Spiel des Jahres award, as well as the winner of the Kinderspiel des Jahres, will be announced on July 16, while the winner of the Kennerspiel des Jahres will be revealed in less than a month, on June 20.

Article written by Gus. Chief editor of Gus & Co. He has been working in the gaming world since 1989 as an author and journalist. And as a player, above all. His four passions: narrative games, menagerie and mathematics.

What do you think of this selection? And what’s your prognosis?

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