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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


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Set in ancient Rome, Trajan is a development game in which players try to increase their influence and power in various areas of Roman life such as political influence, trading, military dominion and other important parts of Roman culture.

Best Abstract Strategy

Matter (Announced) Matter is a game of hierarchy, where each of the four elements has a counter-element that reduces its power. Boost your elementals by connecting matching tiles, and avoid tiles that will weaken them.

Best Advanced Strategy

The Village (Temporarily Out of Stock) Das Dorf

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Life in the village is hard – but life here also allows the inhabitants to grow and prosper as they please. One villager might want to become a friar. Another might feel ambitious and strive for a career in public office.

Best Card Game

Decktet (Announced)

Best Family Game


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A long time ago at the Japanese Imperial court, the Chinese Emperor offered a giant panda bear as a symbol of peace to the Japanese Emperor...

Best Party Game

Pluckin Pairs

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Pluckin' Pairs embodies the same spirit as the classic party game Compatibility in that you want to match images with other players in order to score points...

Best Puzzle

Cool Circuits Lay down a puzzle card, solve the challenge by making a loop, and watch the board light up! Funagain Games does not stock this edition of this title, usually because it's out of print.

Best Strategy Game

Zong Shi (Backordered)

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In a large town in old China, several talented artisans, Masters in their own right, aspire to become recognized as Zong Shi — the Grand Master craftsman. You are one of these Master artisans, and together with your Apprentice, you are competing...

Best Word Game

Kerflip! (Backordered) Fast Anagram Fun! KerFlip is an exciting, shoot-from-the-hip style word game that rewards you for making words faster than your opponents can...

Best Abstract Strategy Runner-Up

Mine Shift (Backordered)

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How can you forge ahead through the jeweled walls of the mine shaft? Shift them! Rotate a game tile a quarter turn to move the mine wall...

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