Every year since 1990, American Mensa has held the Mensa Mind Games competition to recognize recently released board games and card games, and that continued in 2017. Over one intense, 46-hour-long weekend of gaming (of which, to be honest, many of us are probably jealous), Mensa members/judges select the top five games, which are awarded the Mensa Select distinction and seal. The winners for 2017 are:
- Amalgam, by SimplyFun
- Around the World in 80 Days, by IELLO
- Clank!: A Deck Building Adventure, by Renegade Game Studios
- Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle, by USAopoly
- Imagine, by Gamewright
The Mensa Mind Games criteria examines the games’ originality, challenge, design, creativity, ease of comprehension and play, fun factor, and interestingly, value of game play for its price. Past winners include Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Dominion, Yinsh, Magic: the Gathering, and Apples to Apples. The list of this year’s winners can be found here and all of the winners can be viewed and filtered by year on the Mensa Mind Games page.