Welcome to Mind Games®

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American Mensa’s Mind Games is a four-day board-game-judging marathon, during which the year’s five — 10 in 2021! — best new-to-market games are chosen and awarded the coveted Mensa Select® seal.

Mensa members and their guests evaluate a pre-selected lot of games based upon certain judging criteria and submit honest, constructive comments to be returned to the games’ manufacturers. Our information for first-timers will give you an idea what to expect.

I’m in! What’s next?

Mind Games 2021 is scheduled for April 22-25 in Portland, Maine, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland. Player/Judge registration is open, and information about the event hotel and official overflow hotel is available.

I’d like to submit my game for judging

Smart move! Game manufacturers receive credible research at a fraction of the cost of most focus groups. Our judges are among the most avid game players in the country and rate competitors on aesthetics, instructions, originality, play appeal and play value. After the competition, game manufacturers receive detailed feedback and demographic data from our judges.

Learn more about the the benefits of entering Mind Games and the entry requirements.