Award-Winning Card Games

Each year some of the most prestigious gaming organizations in the world hand out their annual awards, honoring the best games of the year, including card games. Awards include the Games 100, International Gamers Awards, Mensa Mind Games, Spiel des Jahres, and more. The following are some of the card games that have received awards in the recent past, along with the awards they won.

  • BohnanzaBohnanza
    Bohnanza makes bean farming fun! Each player starts with two or three bean fields and a handful of bean cards to plant in those fields. Through clever trading, players build up their bean farms while trying not to help the other players too much. In the end, the player who has the best farm earns the most gold and is the winner! This already expanded game has 11 bean varieties which is enough for seven players, yet also works great for as few as two. 1999 Games 100 Winner, 1997 Spiel Des Jahres Nominee
  • Bonnie and Clyde Mystery RummyBonnie and Clyde Mystery Rummy
    This is a Rummy-style mystery card game based on the notorious outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who robbed banks throughout the central United States between 1931-1935. Their explits and charisma made them famous, and their story has been made into books and movies. Ted Hinton was the FBI agent charged with capturing them. Bonnie and Clyde is for 2-4 players, ages 8+ and takes about 45 minutes to play. Bonnie and Clyde includes: 1 crime spree figure, 77 cards, game board and rules. 2010 Games 100 Award Nominee
  • BoomTownBoomTown
    There's gold in them hills! With that cry, prospectors race westward and Boomtowns are established - the gold rush in on! In Boomtown, you must compete with your fellow prospectors in a mad scramble to find fortune in gold - but watch out for highwaymen, card sharks and crooked politicians. There are many ways to make a buck in Boomtown, and the player with the most at the end wins! 2006 Games 100 Award Nominee
  • Duo Card GameDuo Card Game
    If you enjoy Uno, double your fun with Duo! The Duo Card Game is fast and furious fun for the whole family! Each card has three different features - colors, symbols and numbers. Cards played must match 2 out of 3 features. Duo also includes semi-wild and wild cards for added fun! This is a lively, fast-paced game created by Maureen Hiron. Awards include Games 100 Best Games and the 1995 Mensa Select Award. For 2 to 6 players.
  • FarfaliaFarfalia
    This a trick-taking card game, with the natural enthusiast in mind! As research in the biological science requires a careful eye and meticulous thought, so does this card game - as only one specimen may be removed from the collection. A fun and suitable card game for both kids and adults! The naturalist magazine Farfalia proposes five subjects that their enthusiastic followers must find and catch... with their cameras! Research requires careful planning -- especially when only one specimen can be taken for the collection. And how much better if it is a species of Farfalia, the leading magazine in the field! 2006 Games 100 Award Nominee
  • FluxxFluxx
    Fluxx is the card game with ever-changing rules! Play begins with the Basic Rules card in the center of the table. Game play progresses following the Basic Rules, and new rules are adapted as they appear. The game continues until someone meets the most recently played goal. Though it sounds complicated it's really quite simple! Mensa Mind Games 1999

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  • Hell RailHell Rail
    Each of the players fancies himself an engineer of the HellRail, conducting the souls of sinners to their torturous abodes in the great Inferno. But, only one of them will triumph and be spared eternal atrocity. Why not enliven your own gathering? One could argue that HellRail is both a card game and a board game. The cards contain sinners (loads), brimstone (fuel), and track, allowing the cards to be played any of three ways. Each player has a wooden train marker which he uses to mark his progress on the board. The cards form the track connecting the different levels of hell to the front gate and each other. The player's train is formed of sinners which require the expenditure of brimstone to move. 2001 Games 100 Winner
  • HisssHisss
    Hiss is the colorful snake-making tile game! Is that a snake I see slithering across the table at me? Build snakes by matching colors from head to tail. Long snakes, short snakes, purple, yellow and rainbow snakes. Finish a snake and add it to your snake pit. The player with the most snakes at the end of the game wins! Oppenheim Toy Portfolio "Best Toy Award"
  • IotaIota
    Iota is a compact card game in which players compete to score points by playing cards whose three attributes individually are either all the same or all different. Add cards to a grid, making sure that color, shape and number are either all the same or all different across the line. This may sound really easy, but as the grid expands, so do the possibilities! Whoever sees the opportunities will seize the win. Iota - the pocket-sized game that's big time fun.
  • JaipurJaipur
    Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. You are one of the two most powerful traders in the city. But that's not enough for you, because only the merchant with two Seals of Excellence will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja's court. You are therefore going to have to do better than your direct competitor by buying, exchanging and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.A card game full of surprises for seasoned traders!
  • LootLoot
    Loot is the plundering pirate card game! Set sail for an exciting adventure of strategy and skullduggery in this captivating card game. Storm your opponent's merchant ships and seize valuable treasure, but watch your back matey - plundering pirates are out to capture your ships as well! The player with the most loot rules the high seas. Mensa Mind Games 2005
  • Masters GalleryMasters Gallery
    Do you have an eye for great art? Find out in Masters Gallery where you will buy, sell, and ultimately influence the values of great masterpieces created by the world's finest Old World artists. The game cards in Masters Gallery feature 30 famous works of art painted by Jan Vermeer, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent Van Gogh. Players of the game are at the same time art critics and gallery owners whose goal is to make a profit in both roles over the course of four rounds. Masters Gallery was designed by master game creator Reiner Knizia and has the same gameplay as Modern Art: The Card Game. 2010 Games 100 Award Nominee
  • My Word!My Word!
    My Word! is a word game that plays like a party game! As soon as the My Word! letter cards are laid on the table, all of the players quickly search for words among the cards. The first player to call out a word using at least three cards wins those cards. Fast and fun, My Word! appeals to lovers of word games, and party games alike! 2002 Games 100 Nominee

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  • QuiddlerQuiddler
    The challenge of Quiddler is to arrange your entire hand into words! Draw and discard in turn, while trying to use those high point letters - but don't get caught with them uncombined! Quiddler is fast paced because you can play using everyday words. A bonus is given for the most words in each round (so short words can help you win), as well as for the longest word. There are 8 rounds in the game. It starts with 3 cards, progresses to 4, and so on, up to 10 cards. Players draw and discard until someone has combined their entire hand into words using two or more cards per word. Once a player goes out, everyone else gets one last chance to draw and put down the words they have made. 2000 Games 100 Nominee, Mensa Mind Game 1999
  • Rat-a-Tat CatRat-a-Tat Cat
    Rats are high, cats are low... low-down and cool, that is! Put on your poker face, then draw, swap, and sneak a peek to get rid of rats and make way for the cats. The player with the lowest score wins. Rat-a-Tat Cat is a fun card game that requires quick counting skills and keen timing. It teaches math concepts, like greater than and less than. As they learn the strategy for the game, kids will also begin to develop an intuitive sense of probability. Mensa Mind Games 1996
  • SlamwichSlamwich
    Flip and stack this clever loaf of cards to build slamwiches and double deckers! But watch out-you'll have to catch the thief and stop the muncher from stealing a stack of cards. The first player to collect all the cards wins. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio "Best Toy Award", Parent's Choice Seal of Approval
  • Snake OilSnake Oil
    In the Old West, the sly snake oil salesman had a special talent -- getting the most skeptical customer to buy the most dubious products. Now it's your turn! Invent your own crazy two-word products and sell them to all types of customers. If the customer buys your product, you win! With over 280 wild words and 70 oddball customers, you will never run out of new combinations. Believe you me folks, Snake Oil will cure your doldrums and have your friends and family rolling in laughter! How would you sell a Burp Balloon to a ninja...or a Rumor Mirror to a teacher? Make it s-s-serious, s-s-silly, or s-s-slimy. That's-s-s the art...and the fun...of Snake Oil!
  • There's A Moose In The HouseThere's A Moose In The House
    There's a moose loose in the kitchen and another in the bathroom! In this silly matching card game, the goal is to keep the moose out of your house, while at the same time giving them to your opponents. Use a door to close off empty rooms or if you're lucky, plant a moose trap to keep those loveable but uninvited visitors away! The player with the fewest moose at the end wins. Includes 58 cards and instructions. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio "Best Toy Award"
  • Uglydoll Card GameUglydoll Card Game
    Wedgehead, Cinko, Wage, and the rest of the Uglydolls invite you to join them in their first-ever three-of-a-kind, quick-match card game. It's fast, easy, and fun! Just turn cards over until you see three matching Uglys. Be the first to grab them to claim them as yours. If you and another player both grab a card at the same time, the first player to shout "Ugly!" three times wins the card. Be the player with the most cards at the end of the game to win! Major Fun 2007 Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio "Best Toy Award"

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