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The "Spiel des Jahres 2018" has been elected by the jury "Spiel des Jahres" on monday, 23. july 2018 in Berlin.

"Azul" by Michael Kiesling (Publisher: Plan B Games) is Spiel des Jahres 2018

In the tactical tile-laying game Azul, the Portuguese King Manuel I commissions craftsmen to decorate the walls of his palace with beautiful mosaics. They can’t just use any old tiles: they need the so-called ‘Azulejos’. Beneath the simple action of laying tiles burns a fierce competition to pick the best tiles from the factories at just the right time. Each turn players have to take all tiles of the same type from one factory. Depending on the position in the mosaic, sometimes the craftsmen need a lot of tiles of one type to expand the mosaic, sometimes fewer. Whoever over-speculates and takes too many tiles will receive minus points. You can earn a lot, however, by tiling connected parts of the mosaic and by having completed rows and columns at the end of the game.

Statement by the jury:

The abstract game “Azul” combines several supposed contradictions: the almost sober functionality of the game board is in marked contrast to the fabulous aesthetics of the mosaic being constructed. The feel of the tiles themselves increases the impression of value. The game components alone are a pleasure. The designer Michael Kiesling has succeeded in this masterpiece: giving so much depth to a supposedly simple selection mechanic, that you’ll want to play this again and again and again.

Azul is for 2 to 4 players of ages 8 and up
By Michael Kiesling
Illustration: Chris Quilliams
Publisher: Next Move (Montréal)
German distributor: Pegasus Spiele (Friedberg)

Press contact: Pegasus, Peter Berneiser
0049 (0) 6031 - 72 17 91;

Also nominated (in alphabetical order):



for 2 to 4 players of ages 8 and up
By Rüdiger Dorn
Illustration: Dennis Lohausen
Publisher: Queen Games (Troisdorf)

Press contact: Queen Games, Beate Haasbach-Gupta
0049 (0) 2241 - 49 00 99;


The Mind

for 2 to 4 players of ages 8 and up
By Wolfgang Warsch
Illustration: Oliver Freudenreich
Publisher: Nürnberger-Spielkarten-Verlag (Fürth)

Press contact: NSV, Franz Jurthe
0049 (0) 911 - 96 96 716;


A commentary of Tom Felber on the games of 2018

Visit the gallery of the award ceremony  2018 at Berlin's Swissôtel.

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Covershots 3D

Front shot Azul 300 dpi (jpg, 7,1 MB)
Front shot Luxor 300 dpi (jpg, 870 KB)

The Mind
Front shot The Mind 300 dpi (jpg, 70 KB)

Recommendation list

The jury has also given out a recommendation list with six games.

Press contact at Spiel des Jahres association: 
Bernhard Löhlein
Phone: +49 160 - 90 19 41 57