2018 Mensa Mind Games Winners Announced

2018 Mensa Select Winners

2018 Mensa Mind Games Winners Announced

Each year 300+ members of American Mensa, America’s Premier High-IQ Organization, meet for the annual Mensa Mind Games competition. Members play over 50 board games to pick the best to receive the coveted Mensa Select seal. This coveted seal indicates that a game is original and creative in concept, challenging, a good value for the price, easy to comprehend and play, and above all, fun!

Mensa Select Winner Seal
Mensa Select Winner Seal

The Mind Games 2018 took place on April 20-22, 2018 in Denver at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center.


Eligibility and Judging Criteria

Manufacturers submit their nationally distributed games available between June 1, 2016, and June 1, 2018. Board games, card games, and other types of table and party games are eligible. These games may be designed for one or more players.

In a 40+ hour marathon, the judges play and evaluate a lot of pre-selected games based upon specific criteria. Judges look for originality in concept, challenge level, gameplay, replay value, aesthetics, entertainment value, value in price, and instructions. Judges fill out comment cards for each game. After the competition, each manufacturer receives the comment cards, which show the age and gender of players and include their ratings and comments regarding the game.


Winners – Past and Present

Winners receive the Mensa Select distinction and the coveted foil seal to display on their packaging. Past winners include Scattergories™, Trivial Pursuit™ and Taboo™. In 2018, Mensa Mind Games judges have selected the following titles to receive the official Mensa Select seal:

Azul, Plan B Games
Constellations: The Game of Stargazing and the Night Sky, Xtronaut Enterprises Constellations - The Game of Stargazing and the Night Sky
Ex Libris
Ex Libris
Ex Libris, Renegade Game Studio
Photosynthesis, Blue Orange Games  
Raiders of the North Sea
Raiders of the North Sea
Raiders of the North Sea, Renegade Game Studio

Additionally, 10-15 games receive the “Recommended by American Mensa” label. This label indicates that a game, while not a top-five pick, is still identified by member judges as one they enjoyed playing and worth recommending to others.

Entries for Mind Games 2019 will start being accepted in late fall of 2018. Entries for 2019 consideration will have achieved national distribution between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2019. The 2019 Mind Games competition information is TBA.


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