Mensa Select winners 1990-2015 by BGG rating
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Every year, American Mensa holds an event in April called Mind Games, at the end of which five games are named Mensa Select. Due to the selection process, "gamer's games" rarely do well. I thought it might be interesting to build a list of past Mensa Select winners sorted by BGG rating to see if any highly rated games (by BGG standards) come up. I started this list after Mind Games in 2006.

The first Mensa Select awards were given in 1990. Originally, a panel of judges selected the games, but in 1996 it was opened up to the membership. What follows is the current process for naming the Mensa Select games. To be considered, a game must be submitted by its publisher. The Mind Games event is held from Friday night to Sunday morning, with a different local Mensa group hosting the event each year (for example, the 2006 event was in Portland, Oregon, and the 2007 event was in Pittsburgh). Within the approximately 40-hour period of the event, each participant evaluates 30 of the games that have been submitted for that year.

With the highly compressed evaluation period, the Mensa Select awards tend to favor games that are quick and easy to learn. And many worthy games are not submitted by their publishers because they are not viewed as "Mensa" games. Given both of these limitations, it's not really surprising that many of the winners are abstract brain-burners or party games that deal with words or trivia. Still, 62 games were submitted and 198 people attended Mind Games in 2006, so it's likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

The following games are not on the list because I was unable to locate them in the BGG database (year of Mensa Select award in parentheses):
Rush Hour (1997) - Solitaire puzzle not the same as the BGG entry
Kram (1998)

Update: The Wiki now contains a page that has all the Mensa Select winners by year: Mensa Select
Update2: There is now a BoardGameGeek family for Mensa Select games: Mensa Select
Update3: The Mensa Select games are now included in the BoardGameGeek "awards" system, and the corresponding award is listed in the Honors section of each winner's game entry
Update4: As of 2015, at least one "gamer's game" has made the Mensa Select list in each of the last few years. It might be about time to rewrite the above paragraphs to reflect the changing demographics of Mind Games attendees.
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