Best German board games and toys
German games mainly include the Kartenspiele (card games) and the Brettspiele (board games), although many non-German games like Hangman and Monopoly have, needless to say, been translated into German and become popular in the Germanic nations. Board games especially are huge in Germany.
Unique characteristicGerman games tend to be more complex than American ones, yet at the same time they usually don't have the characteristics of those American games which are more complex in terms of time such as the military strategy games that can last for several days.
German games are characterized by having relatively short playing times and being light on rules. They also tend to shy away from being military strategy games, since German culture has been very anti-war since the end of WWII.
Games from Germany are, however, heavy on strategy, quick thinking, and all-inclusive moves so that all players are constantly involved.
High Quality of DesignAnother standout characteristic is the high quality of design and manufacturing that goes into them. These games are the kind that show up in hobby shops, not on the mass market, which can make them difficult for those outside of Western Europe to obtain.
Their boards and cards are like works of art, while their playing pieces are like collectible miniatures. For this reason, these german creations give obvious credit to a games' designers.
Some of the hottest selling German games in Germany and abroad, including the U.S., are:
Die Siedler von Catan (Settlers of Catan): The object is to got to uninhabited islands and build a civilization through buying and selling commodities; you want to do this faster than the other players.
Puerto Rico: The island must be colonized, farms must be developed for food and trade, and San Juan must be built into an exquisite capital city. Again, you are racing against your opponents.
El Grande: You need to get caballeros (soldiers) onto the board to help you cultivate favor with the King of Spain. It's simple, but it's not easy!
Euphrat & Tigris (The Tigris and Euphrates): This is a "tile-laying game" in which you score points for various actions while creating civilization. At the end of the game, the player with the most points is the winner.
Perfect german giftsAs you might be able to tell from their careful design and manufacture of games, Germans take games seriously. Each year, the nation gives out the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) award and the Deutscher Spielepreis (German Game Award).
These two different award ceremonies are like movie awards in the United States. For their serious role in Germanic culture and for their great artistry, German games make perfect German gifts.
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