Over the weekend, Cascadia took out the top prize and won the 2022 Spiel des Jahres award.
Cascadia is a puzzly tile-laying and token-drafting game featuring the habitats and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. In Cascadia, players take turns building their terrain and populating it with wildlife. Players must create a diverse and harmonious ecosystem - each animal species has a different spatial preference and each habitat must be placed to reduce fragmentation and create wildlife corridors.
In their nomination statement, the Spiel judges noted that "Cascadia is a real feel-good game. You can always achieve something on your turn, even if the choices on offer aren’t exactly what you wanted. The two-part puzzle is especially successful, requiring players to find a good balance between matching landscape tiles and playing the right animal symbols."
Cascadia took out the win ahead of Scout and Top Ten. You can see the full list of nominations - as well as the winners of the Kennerspiele des Jahres ("connoisseur" games) & Kinderspiel des Jahres (children's games) - at the award announcement page.
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