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Games Magazine Awards

Funagain Games is
for the GAMES 100

Each year since 1980, GAMES Magazine has published a Buyer's Guide to Games in their year-end holiday issue. Except for once or twice in the early 1980s, the article has listed and reviewed one hundred games each year, and was thus dubbed The GAMES 100.

Early in the feature's history, the article served as a reference to many games available on the market, new and old, listing such long-time classic titles as Monopoly, Clue, and Scrabble--and even the occasional toy like Frisbee. In later years, the feature has focused more and more on recognizing the best and most unique new board and card games.

In 1991, GAMES also began recognizing the favorites in each category with a special Best designation, and has selected one game from the whole list to receive the highest honor of Game of the Year.

Through the early 1990s, more and more electronic games were included in the list, with the computer game Myst even winning Game of the Year in 1994. Beginning the following year, computer and cartridge games were split off and given their own separate Electronic Games 100 section.

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Game of the Year

Jump Gate (Backordered)

Explore far-away planets. Discover what resources and surprises they hold. Be the first to set foot on a new planet and claim it as your own. Collect resources to gain fortune and fame. All of this comes courtesy of: the Jump Gate....

Best Abstract Strategy

Arimaa (Backordered)

(20% savings!)
Arimaa is a game where stronger animals like elephants and camels try to push and pull the weaker ones from the opposing team into traps while one of the rabbits tries to sneak across the board and harmlessly reach the other side. The first player to...

Best Advanced Strategy

Egizia English language edition The builders are back in ancient Egypt, and as the players pull their strings, they collect resources and abilities along the Nile while trying to earn the right to place pieces of monuments and wonders from that time. Egizia is a worker placement game... Funagain Games does not stock this edition of this title, usually because it's out of print.

Best Family Game

Burger Joint In this two-player game, each player runs a chain of fast-food joints: one specializes in burgers and the other in pizzas. As each expands, he takes on some of the menu items of the other in order to compete for customers. Later, each can open family... Funagain Games does not stock this edition of this title, usually because it's out of print.

Best Family Card Game


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Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. You are one of the most powerful merchants of the city. But that's not enough, because only the dealer to the two Seals of Excellence will have the privilege of being invited to the court of Maharaja. So you must measure...

Best Family Strategy

Valdora Hidden far away from our time lies a valley full of unimaginable riches. Adventurers from all over the world set off to try to make their fortune here. Funagain Games does not stock this edition of this title, usually because it's out of print.

Best Party Game

Telestrations (Restocking)

Easy to learn, simple to play, Telestrations is the hilarious sketch and guess party game that offers up instant fun and laughter! Includes 2,400 entertaining words from "cheeseburger" to "love handles".

Best Historical Simulation

Battles of Napoleon: The Eagle and the Lion (Restocking)

(20% savings!)
Planned as the first in a series of products that combine principles and mechanics from board and miniature games, each subsequent release will be standalone two-player games that can also be combined with others for larger battles.

Best Abstract Strategy Runner-Up

Zenith (Backordered)

(10% savings!)
Created by MindWare! Players take turns strategically placing their pieces on empty spaces on the board, or stacking them to create another level of play...

Best Abstract Strategy Nominee

Cir*Kis (Backordered)

(9% savings!)
Score by completing circles and stars on the eye-catching game board. Plan ahead and you could earn a free turn to place another piece and score big!

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