"Pictures" is the name of the game of the year 2020. It was chosen by a jury of critics on Monday in Berlin. The board of the association “Game of the Year” annually probes the game market and chooses what it believes to be the best game from several hundred new releases in various categories. Idea, rule design, layout and design are evaluated.
The association's aim is to promote board, card and board games as cultural assets. The award has been given since 1979.
In “Pictures” by Daniela and Christian Stöhr (PD-Verlag), photo motifs are to be built from building blocks, shoelaces or symbol cards that are to be recognized on a large card by the other players. The game includes five different sets of materials.
The jury praised “great creativity with the simplest means”. The game offers a great incentive to experiment. The guessing rounds were like visiting art exhibitions.
“The Crew” was chosen as the expert game of the year. Thomas Sing's game is a cooperative stitch game that challenges in an original way. It's about a spaceship crew traveling to a planet on the edge of the solar system.