When I Dream was the biggest of a host of winners in the Imagination Gaming Game of the Year Awards, recently announced by the organisation that works to promote games as an educational tool.
Each year, Imagination Gaming recognises a variety of games that enable fun and learning in equal measure for all ages and abilities. These awards are led by the ‘BIGGY’ – the Best Imagination Gaming Game of the Year – which went to the hit Repos Productions title.
When I Dream claimed the prize, now in its sixth year, for its winning blend of creative thinking, word association and downright hilarity. By having players take turns wearing a blindfold while their friends try to help – or hinder – them guess a series of words, it’s one of the most distinctive and memorable party games on the market.
Not content with solely the biggest prize, When I Dream also won gold in the Best Family Game and Best Literacy Game categories.
Also earning high praise from the judges was Arokah, the unique and mysterious shape-based puzzle game. Launched by HexCel Designs earlier this year, Arokah’s enchanting spatial challenges earned it gold in Best Family Game and Best Problem-Solving Game.
There was success for Bananagrams, the smash-hit word game that challenges players to build grids of words at speed, as it took home a gold award for Best Literacy Game and claimed silver in Best Family Game.
Two great, fast-paced games from Canadian publisher FoxMind made waves with gold medals in Best Family Game and Best Problem-Solving Game: Match Madness, in which players sprint to arrange blocks to match patterns before their opponents can do the same; and the head-to-head battle of wits that is Maze Racers, which tasks players with building labyrinths that their rivals then have one minute to try to escape.
A fantastically successful awards run was topped off by Abalone. The revamped edition of the classic two-player strategy game took home gold in the Best Family Game category.