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"Tal der Wikinger" by Wilfried and Marie Fort won the "Kinderspiel des Jahres 2019"

The "Kinderspiel des Jahres 2019" (Children's Game of the Year) has been elected by the jury "Spiel des Jahres" on monday, june 24th 2019 in Hamburg.


When the barrels start rolling in the village of the Norsemen, all the Vikings want to be involved, big and small. Outside the village the longboats are ready for the booty to be loaded on board. In the middle of the village the barrels are waiting. The object is to knock down the barrels with a big bowling ball – but you need good aim, as there is a dock at the top of the village. The colour of the barrels you knock down determines whose player token will be moved where. Ideally you will get a reward but if you’re unlucky and fall off the end of the dock into the water, you’ll get nothing, while all the other players will score. “Tal der Wikinger” is an exciting game of plunder where all you need is a bit of skill to get stuck in. The tactical thinking you’ll need when you’re jostling for position on the dock gets easier with more experience and it guarantees long-lasting fun.

Jury statement:

Everyone will want to play, not least because of the picture perfect game components. And of course everyone knows how to bowl: there’s a sense of pure joy when the barrels are sent flying. You can learn the specifics of the game as you go along. And if you miss the target this time, you won’t feel frustrated just eager to start another round. The designers Wilfried and Marie Fort have created a game challenging both players’ dexterity and their tactical thinking, a combination which is as innovative as it is unique.

Tal der Wikinger is a tactical Dexterity game for 2 to 4 players at the age of 6 years
By Wilfried and Marie Fort
Illustrations: Maximilian Meinzold
Publisher: Haba

Press contact: Haba, Madlien Podelleck
+49 (0) 9564 - 929 28 48;

Also nominated (in alphabetical order):


Race-Memory game for 2 to 5 players ages 6 and up

By Marco Teubner
Illustrations: Anne Pätzke
Publisher: Pegasus Spiele

Press contact: Pegasus Spiele, Peter Berneiser
+49 (0) 6031 - 72 17 91;


Go Gecko Go!

Race game for 2 to 4 players ages 6 and up

By Jürgen Adams
Illustrations: Gabriela Silveira
Publisher: Zoch

Press contact: Susanne Heiss
+49 (0) 9072 - 92 27 50;


You can find a comment of the jury chairman Harald Schrapers on the current year here

Visit our Gallery of the ceremony 2019 at the Ehemaliges Hauptzollamt in Hamburg (soon).

The press kit for the award ceremony in June is here as pdf-Download.

Images of the ceremony:

Photo credits: Patrick Pfeiffer for Spiel des Jahres e.V. (CC-BY-SA 4.0)

The rights for the cover pictures lie with the respective publishers. The use is free of charge provided the source is acknowledged. The rights for all other press material are held by Spiel des Jahres. The use of texts is permitted in quotation form or as a whole, provided that the source and context are clearly stated. Please indicate where the material was used. We would be very pleased to receive a specimen copy.

Covershots 3D

Frontshot Fabulantica 300 dpi (jpg, 700 KB)
Packshot Go Gecko Go! 300 dpi (jpg, 1,2 MB)

Panic Mansion
Packshot Tal der Wikinger 300 dpi (jpg, 1,7 MB)


The Jury has also published a list of 7 recommended games.

Press contact at Spiel des Jahres association: 
Bernhard Löhlein
Phone: +49 151 - 19 63 56 55