Major Fun Games for 2010
Each year, Majorfun.com puts out a list of games they call the "Major Fun Awards", which "go to games and people that bring people fun, and to any organization managing to make the world more fun through its own personal contributions, and through the products it has managed to bring to the market".
The awards include many types of games, including board games, card games, party games, kids games, educational games, dexterity games, and many games that, frankly, defy classification.
The criteria used to judge games includes:
- easy to learn (5-15 minutes)
- played in under an hour
- fun enough to play over and over again
- easy to store
- made to last
- uniquely fun
- tend to make people laugh,
- deep enough to withstand a lot of changes
The list serves as a great way to introduce players to new games, and to encourage publishers to keep producing top-notch titles that are simple to learn and teach yet are interesting enough to hold the attention of new and serious gamers alike.
The Top Games of 2010
Can you feel the Buzz? Grab some friends, a stack of cards and get ready for a party! Discover hundreds of themes for the whole family, or play with the more grown-up themes...there are laughs enough for everybody!
Catch the dancing egg and then run around the table with egg between your knees or under your chin, but as soon as the egg drops the game is over. Beware of egg thieves! A boisterous bouncing game for 2-4 players.
Roll the LEGO Dice to select one of four exciting building categories: vehicles, buildings, nature or things. A great game for family and friends to test your imagination, creativity, building and guessing skills to the max.
Oh, Really! is the Lively Game of What Matters Most! Opinions count as players try to guess how their friends really feel about what matters most. From the seemingly trivial to the highly debatable, "Oh, Really!" reveals players' true feelings.
Rory's Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator, providing hours of imaginative play for all ages. Anyone can become a great storyteller and there are no wrong answers. Simply roll the cubes and let the pictures spark your imagination!
This party game is all about giving outrageous advice! You might have to give out bad advice, your grandma's advice, or even advice from a psychic! Take our advice and play today!
There is always one, and only one, matching symbol between any two cards in this game. Spot it and you win! This challenge increases as new cards are quickly revealed in this fast-paced game.
Step into the fierce and furry world of full-contact Sumo hamster wrestling! Using magnetic force, maneuver your Sumo hamster and try to knock your opponent out of the ring. It's a contest of bulk as much as brawn, so feed your hamster every chance you get!
Sync Up! is the hilarious new party game where players are paired up to try and say the same thing at the same time. With a variety of fun categories, only a few seconds to answer, and a different partner every round, each game is a toss up!
The Wits & Wagers Family Edition can be enjoyed by all ages; featuring 300 kid friendly questions, each player writes down a guess to a fun question, then players try to score points by choosing which guess is closest to the right answer. Not a trivia buff? It doesn't matter!
You can view a comprehensive list of Major Fun Award Winners at BoardGameCentral.com, and or course at Majorfun.com. Enjoy!
In real life, "Major Fun" is known as Bernie DeKoven, who is an the award-winning designer and educator, and who's been searching for and creating fun his entire life. As Bernie says, "Today, through my programs and publications on this DeepFUN.com website, Majorfun.com and Junkyard Sports, I do what I can to help people from all over the world reclaim their playfulness."
Other Game Awards
- Games 100 Awards
A list of each year's very best games, as selected by Games Magazine - The 'Games 100' award-winning board games has been published each year since 1980 by Games Magazine.
- International Gamers Awards
The International Gamers Awards were created to recognize outstanding games and designers, as well as the companies that publish them.
- Mensa Select Awards
Winners of the prestigious "Mensa Select" award, bestowed annually by the American Mensa Society, based on originality, game play, aesthetics, play value, and clarity of instructions.
- Spiel des Jahres Awards
The German Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) is perhaps the world's most prestigious gaming award.