Strategy Games

Games that take a step beyond Casual Games in their complexity, planning requirements, and duration. Play time typically runs from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

2022

Winner – Cascadia

Explore the colorful and varied landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and try to build the perfect habitats in this tile- and token-drafting game.

Recommended

Furnace

Buy up companies and process resources to make as much money as possible in this strategic game of auctions and engine-building.

Genotype: A Mendelian Genetics Game

Draft dice and complete pea plants via Punnett Squares in this surprisingly biological worker placement game.

Nominated

Hadrian’s Wall

Brew

2021

Winner – Calico

Find a perfect place to get some pause by building a quilt fit for a cat to nap on in this puzzly tile-laying game.

Recommended

The Search for Planet X

Use your observation skills to discover a new planet in this astronomical deduction game.

My City

Take a new city from the preindustrial dawn through a busy era of industry in this legacy tile-laying game.

Nominated

Fort

Smartphone Inc.

2020

Winner – Wingspan

Build up a feathery engine by getting a variety of birds to visit your wildlife preserves in this beautifully illustrated and strategic title.

Recommended

Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated

Take on responsibility for a franchise and vye for Employee of the Month in this legacy adaptation of Clank!

Ecos: First Continent

Start the Earth over, but better this time, in a tile-laying, combo-building game of steadfast planning and nimble execution.

Nominated

SHŌBU

Hadara

2019

Winner – Chronicles of Crime

Players work together as London’s finest and solve a variety of violent crimes, scanning cards with their phones to question suspects, enter clues into evidence, and crack the case!

Recommended

Coimbra

Draft and roll dice to build up fortune and prestige in old Portugal.

Cryptid

Keep opponents away from your greatest discovery in this monstrous deduction game.

Nominated

Architects of the West Kingdom

Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea

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