The flicking game Ice Cool received the Kinderspiel des Jahres award as the Best Children’s Game of the Year 2017. Kinderspiel des Jahres is part of Spiel des Jahres which is considered the most prestigious award in the board game industry.
On May 22nd, Ice Cool was announced to be among the three nominees for the Best Children’s Game of the Year. This nomination already placed Ice Cool in the pantheon of children’s games. However, on June 19th, when Ice Cool was announced as the winner, it reached the pinnacle of success for a board game. The award ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, was attended by the game authors from Latvia: Egils Grasmanis, Jānis Grunte, Edgars Zaķis and Reinis Butāns. Together they work under the pseudonym ‘Brian Gomez’. The game’s illustrator is Reinis Pētersons.
One of the game creators and CEO of Brain Games, Egils Grasmanis, believes that the Spiel des Jahres award in the board game industry is like an Oscar in the film industry: “Already when we found out that Ice Cool was listed among the three best children’s games of the year, we felt great pride and joy. Receiving this award is truly an honor – it is the highest acknowledgement of our game’s quality and value.”
The Spiel des Jahres or Game of the Year is an award for family-style board and card games. The purpose of Spiel des Jahres is to reward excellence in design and quality for games released in Germany during the preceding 12 months. Created in 1978, it is now considered the most prestigious award in the board game industry. Since 1989, there has been a separate award for children’s games – Kinderspiel des Jahres.
Ice Cool was created in Latvia and published by Brain Games, whereas its German edition is published by Brain Games’ German partner Amigo Spiele. Ice Cool can be proud of having to date 15 international editions, translation into more than 20 languages and distribution in about 40 countries. The game has already 100, 000 copies worldwide.
Ice Cool was launched on June 3 at UK Games Expo 2016 where it received its first prize, UK Games Expo Award 2016 as Best Children’s Game 2016. Within a year, the game has received more than 10 international awards and nominations, including Major Fun Award and Seal of Excellence from Tom Vasel at The Dice Tower: “This is one of those games that when I saw demoing it for the very first time, I said I must have this game. I love the concept, especially going from one room to another. It’s super fun! I love this game, I love the board, I love that this is a box, everything here fits in the box but when you set it up it’s a really cool board. The Dice Tower judgement: into my collection.”
Since its launch in June 2016, the game has already received many awards:
Ice Cool is a children’s game for two to four players ages six and up, and takes approximately 30 minutes to play. It takes you to an undisclosed penguin school, where rascal penguins have decided to skip class and sneak some fish. But not so fast – the hall monitor is on their tails! The idea is to catch a fish or a penguin. The winner is the player with the most points on their fish cards. The special method of flicking penguins creates a whole new bag of tricks – players can make the penguin pieces slide, curve and jump. Another innovation is the new ‘box-in-a-box’ board concept that allows creating an immersive 3D game board in a minute. More information about the game and video are available on http://www.publishing.brain-games.com/ice-cool.
About Brain Games
In 2004, three board game enthusiasts embarked on a mission to develop board gaming culture in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. They started with the localization and distribution of the popular game Settlers of Catan and Brain Games is now the largest board game distributor in the Baltic countries. In 2011, the development and publishing of new, original games was introduced, and Brain Games Publishing was later established. Since then, Brain Games Publishing has developed and published eight games, which are available in more than 30 countries.