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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 5 years, with 7 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play Mensa certified games.

 

Mental Blocks

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: Cards and Placeables

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

Stripes

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: Cards

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 in an order that creates a complete line of colour. It is about using limited actions to...

Village Pillage

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: Cards and Tokens

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

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: Board, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

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.

Miyabi

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: Placeables, Score Board and Tokens

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 trees with scoring columns. Because the garden tiles are awkward shapes and only...

Shifting Stones

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: Cards and Tokens

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...

Clip Cut Parks

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: Cards, Dice and Placeables

Clip Cut 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.

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