This weekend, April 15-17, marks the annual Mensa Mind Games® competition, which will be held in Albany, NY. Each year, 200 Mensan participants, or “judges,” play and critique games released in the past year and award the coveted Mensa Select® seal to the top five vote-getters.
The Mensa Select seal is one of the most coveted and prestigious awards in the American game industry. The Mensa Mind Games® competition provides an opportunity for game manufacturers to compete in one of the most respected and recognizable national games competitions, while having their games reviewed by some of the nation’s most avid game-players — members of American Mensa.
Mind Games will begin this Friday afternoon and ends Sunday morning. According to the Mensa website, judges tend to play around the clock, breaking only for food, drink and sleep.
Board games, card games and other types of table and party games are eligible; games may be designed for one or more players. Games are judged on aesthetics, instructions, originality, play appeal and play value. Judges fill out comment cards for each game. After the competition, we receive these very helpful and in depth comment cards back. They show the age and gender of players, and include their ratings and comments regarding the game. I’ve posted a few comment cards we received for last year’s winner, Forbidden Island, on the left.
We did submit a few games for this year’s Mensa competition, so fingers crossed that we’ll be reporting good news in the near future.
As I wrote above, Gamewright’s most recent Mensa winner is Forbidden Island, which won a 2010 Mensa seal. Forbidden Island joins four other Gamewright Mensa Select winners: Rat-a-Tat Cat, Loot, Hit or Miss and Tiki Topple. What’s your favorite brainy Gamewright game?
We wish all the Mensans happy gaming this weekend!