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Mensa Select Award Winners

The annual Mensa Mind Games competition for board games and card games


Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island

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Each year, American Mensa holds the Mind Games competition to choose five games which will be awarded the Mensa Select seal.

During the Mind Games competition, Mensa members play and rate new board and card games which are submitted by publishers. The five Mensa Select games are chosen based on a variety of categories including aesthetics, instructions, originality, play appeal and play value.

American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top two percent on an accepted, standardized intelligence test. The organization has more than 57,000 members in the United States and more than 110,000 members around the world.

Here's a year-by-year look at all of the board games and card games to win the Mensa Select seal.


Coerceo (2 players, ages 9 and up; designer not credited, published by Coerceo)
Iota (2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up; designed by Gene Mackles, self-published)
Mine Shift (2 players, ages 8 and up; designed by John Forte, Jr., published by MindWare)
Snake Oil (4 to 9 players, ages 13 and up; designed by Jeff Ochs, published by Snake Oil)
Tetris Link (2 to 4 players, ages 6 and up; designer not credited, published by Techno Source)


InStructures (4 or more players, ages 8 and up; designed by Jane's Games, published by Jane's Games)
Pastiche (2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up; designed by Sean D. MacDonald, published by Gryphon Games)
Pirate Versus Pirate (2 to 3 players, ages 8 and up; designed by Max Winter Osterhaus, published by Out of the Box Publishing)
Stomple (for 2 to 6 players, ages 8 and up; designed by Greg Zima, published by Spin Master)
Uncle Chestnut's Table Gype (for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up; designed by Paul E. Nowak and Christopher Nowak, published by Eternal Revolution)


Anomia (Andrew Innes, Anomia Press)
Dizios (designer not credited, MindWare)
Forbidden Island (Matt Leacock, Gamewright)
Word on the Street (Jack Degnan, Out of the Box Publishing)
Yikerz! (designer not credited, Wiggles 3D)


Cornerstone (Matt Mette and Mike Thompson, Good Company Games)
Dominion (Donald X. Vaccarino, Rio Grande Games)
Marrakech (Dominique Ehrhard, Fundex Games)
Stratum (José L. Navas, Family Games)
Tic-Tac-Ku (designer not credited, ColorKu)


AmuseAmaze (HL Games)
Eye Know (Wiggles 3D)
Jumbulaya (Platypus Games)
Pixel (Educational Insights)
Tiki Topple (Gamewright)


Gemlok (Pywacket Games)
Gheos (Z-Man Games)
Hit or Miss (Gamewright)
Qwirkle (Mindware)
Skullduggery (Outset Media Games)


Deflexion (Deflexion)
Hive (Smart Zone)
Keesdrow (Pywacket Games)
Pentago (Mindtwister USA)
Wits & Wagers (North Star Games)


DaVinci's Challenge (Briarpatch)
Ingenious (Fantasy Flight Games)
Loot (Gamewright)
Niagara (Rio Grande Games)
Zendo (Looney Labs)


10 Days in the USA / 10 Days in Africa (Out of the Box Publishing)
Basari (Out of the Box Publishing)
The Bridges of Shangri-La (Uberplay)
Rumis (Educational Insights)
Yinsh (Rio Grande Games)


Blokus (Educational Insights)
Cityscape (Out of the Box Publishing)
Fire & Ice (Out of the Box Publishing)
Octiles (Out of the Box Publishing)
Transamerica (Rio Grande Games)


Curses! (Play All Day Games)
Dvonn (Rio Grande Games)
The Legend of Landlock (Gamewright)
Muggins! (Muggins Math)
Smart Mouth (Binary Arts)


Brainstrain (Chuckle Games)
Dao (Play Dao)
Metro (Queen)
Shapes Up! (Educational Insights)
ThePollGame (thepollgame)


3 Stones (Enginuity Games)
Finish Lines (Games for All Reasons)
Imaginiff (Buffalo Games)
Time's Up (R&R Games)
Zertz (Rio Grande Games)


Apples to Apples (Out of the Box Publishing)
Bollox (Cadaco)
Doubles Wild (Enginuity Games)
Fluxx (Looney Labs)
Quiddler (Set Enterprises)


Avalam (Great American Trading Co.)
Cube Checkers (DCP Limited)
Kram (Du Botting Originals)
Spy Alley (Spy Alley Partners)
Wadjet (Timbuk II)


Hattrick! (U.S. Games Systems)
Quoridor (Great American Trading Co.)
Rush Hour (ThinkFun)
Sagarian (Sagarian)
Stops (Stops)


Pirateer (Mendocino Game Co.)
QuadWrangle (Great American Trading Co.)
Rat-a-Tat Cat (Gamewright)
Take 6 (U.S. Games Systems)
Touché (Wayne Bobette Enterprises)


Continuo (U.S. Games Systems)
Duo (U.S. Games Systems)
Quixo (Great American Trading Co.)
The Great Dalmuti (Wizards of the Coast)
Wordspin Scramble (Geospace Products Co.)


Char (Bechter Productions)
Chung Toi (House of Chung Enterprises)
Down Fall (Western Publishing)
Magic: the Gathering (Wizards of the Coast)
Pyraos (Great American Trading Co.)


Farook (Amuse, Inc.)
Inklings (Mattel)
Overturn (Pressman)
Quadrature (Mark Steere)
Quarto (Gigamic)


Kinesis (Cherry Street Games)
Q4 (Abalone Games)
Terrace (Siler Ventures)
Traverse (Educational Insights)
Why Not? (Our Game Co.)


Clue: The Great Museum Caper (Parker Brothers)
Lapis (Pango)
Master Labyrinth (Ravensburger)
Pyramis (Abalone Games)
Set (Marsha J. Falco, Set Enterprises)


Abalone (Abalone Games)
Scattergories (Milton Bradley)
Taboo (Milton Bradley)
Tri-Bond (Big Fun A Go-Go)
Trivial Pursuit - Genus Edition (Parker Brothers)

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