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.
Winner – Planet Unknown
Develop a new planet all your own while avoiding meteors in this polyomino game of simultaneous play, engine building, and meteor strikes.
Return to Dark Tower
Defeat monsters, cleanse buildings, and discover the secrets of the tower in this restoration of the 1981 title.
The Guild of Merchant Explorers
Discover an abandoned realm over a few ages in this game of ebb and flow exploration.
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.
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.
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.
The Search for Planet X
Use your observation skills to discover a new planet in this astronomical deduction game.
Take a new city from the preindustrial dawn through a busy era of industry in this legacy tile-laying game.
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.
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.
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!
Draft and roll dice to build up fortune and prestige in old Portugal.
Keep opponents away from your greatest discovery in this monstrous deduction game.
Architects of the West Kingdom
Heroes of Land, Air, and Sea