Type: A game of tiles and tactics / 2 to 5 players
Purpose of the game:Immerse yourself in the medieval atmosphere as you set out to conquer the land and towns of the South of France. It's up to you to devise the best strategy to impose your power and thwart your opponents' plans. The game of Carcassonne is based on the same principle as dominoes. The game is played around a board on which each player places tiles representing villages, churches, roads and fields. The players build a landscape and place their pieces while pursuing their own strategy. The player with the most wins the game.
Why we like it: The game is obviously a reference to Carcassonne, the magnificent city in the South of France, famous for its ramparts and fortifications.
2. Mr Jack
Type: Investigation and deduction game / 2 players
Purpose of the game: Night covers the dimly lit alleyways with its dark mantle, and only a few areas are lit up by gaslight. Eight detectives have banded together to track down the elusive Jack the Ripper, who is hiding in their midst". This thrilling and addictive puzzle game demands great concentration and strategic acumen of you. Using successive deductions and putting the characters into the dark or the light, the investigating players must figure out on which identity the infamous Jack is hiding behind, and attempt to catch him. An intriguing plot involving the famous Jack the Ripper set in 19th century London.
Why we like it: Mr Jack is one of the few games where each player has different objectives. The Investigator needs to reveal the identity of Mr Jack and arrest him, as he wants to escape at any cost.
Type: Game of management and tactics / 2 to 4 players
Purpose of the game: In the early 16th century, the city of Ulm in Germany was booming. Anyone looking to be successful in the city had to find favour with influential people. It's up to you to use your money, power and assets to put your stamp on the city. When the game starts, each player has Action tiles that they can use to collect money, move ships, buy a building, etc. to earn reputation points and ultimately win the game.
Why we like it: The game encourages travel and creates the desire to visit the charming city of Ulm in Southern Germany. Ulm makes an ideal destination for a romantic weekend. The old historic town centre is great for strolling around, not to mention climbing to the top of Ulm Cathedral (NB: in fact, the cathedral is actually just a church, but its impressive size means that people tend to refer to it as a cathedral).
5. Tickets to Ride
Type: Positioning game / 2 to 5 players
Purpose of the game: Relive the golden age of railways and set out to conquer railways. At the start of the game, each player needs to set their objectives they want to achieve (to create links between 2 towns). Setting these objectives is very important for the game, because if a player succeeds in achieving them, they will earn bonus points. If they don't, they will incur a penalty. This game has become a must-have for toy libraries, with its accessible gameplay, rapidly explained rules and the romantic, poetic world of 19th century railways.
Why we like it: Even if the game won't take you on a journey with its scenery, at least it has the merit of helping you to rediscover world geography with all the versions and add-ons it offers: Europe, France, London, Scandinavia, etc.
5. iKNOW Mini - Journey in Europe
Type: General knowledge game / 2 to 4 players
Purpose of the game: Discover Europe in a different way with iKNOW Mini - Journey in Europe: 200 questions on European history, culture and geography. Answer the questions in as few clues as possible, and listen to your opponent's answers and betting on their answers to try and win some extra points. This general knowledge game also involves a bit of strategic thinking - knowing who to bet on, calculating the number of clues required, misleading your opponents, etc.
Why we like it: Its practical, compact format can be played in addition to the classic iKNOW. You can revise your geographical knowledge, and you can also win extra points by placing the right bets on your opponents.