The winner of the 2021 Spiel des Jahres is ...
The Spiel des Jahres 2021 Game of the Year is MicroMacro: Crime City by Johannes Sich and published by Edition Spielwiese and Pegasus Spiele. Its beautifully illustrated by Johannes Sich, Daniel Goll and Tobias Jochinke and caters for 1-3 players aged 10 and up. MicroMacro: Crime City provides a unique experience where players follow various denizens of a city as they go about their day and commit crimes which players attempt to solve. MicroMacro: Crime City beat out The Adventures of Robin Hood (by Michael Menzel and published by Kosmos), and Zombie Teenz Evolution (by Annick Lobet and published by Scorpion Masque).
The Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021 Children’s Game of the Year is Dragomino (by Bruno Cathala, Marie Fort, and Wilfried Fort, published by Pegasus Spiele and Blue Orange). This is a more child friendly spin on Kingdomino and Queendomino and caters for 2-4 players, aged 5 and older. Dragomino beat out Storytailors (by Wilfried Fort and Marie Fort, published by Lifestyle Boardgames), and Mia London (by Antoine Bauza and Corentin Lebrat, published by Scorpion Masque).
The Kennerspiel des Jahres 2021 is Paleo (by Peter Rustemeyer, published by Hans im Gluck) which features amazing artwork by Dominik Meyer and centers around a Stone Age tribe as they try to survive the daily rigors of life. Paleo is for 2-4 players, aged 10 and up, and it beat out The Lost Ruins of Arnak (by Michal Stach, published by CGE), and Fantasy Realms (by Bruce Glassco, published by Strohmann Games and WizKids).
For more information and a list of recommendations by the Spiele des Jahres panel of other games see their website.