International Games Week

International Games Week is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

International Games Week is November 3-9, 2019. Libraries can host a gaming event during or near this week to be eligible for registration for donations.

IGW 2019 Games List:

Brotherwise Games (U.S.)
Boss Monster 2: The Next Level
2-4 Players | 20-30 min. | Ages 13+
It’s time to take your dungeon to The Next Level! Return to the video game-inspired world of Arcadia in Boss Monster 2. This all-new 160-card set plays as a standalone game or as an expansion to the best-selling original card game. Become one of twelve new Bosses, Build powerful new Trap and Monster rooms, Cast Epic Spells, Face new challenges, including Hybrid Heroes and Dark Heroes.  Just like the original, Boss Monster 2 is designed for players of all skill levels. 

CMON Games (U.S.)
Dream On!
2-8 Players | 15-20 min. | Ages 7+
You are about to enter a shared dream with your friends. It may take you on a wild adventure under the sea, or to a faraway land, or even soaring through the stars. In Dream On, you will tell the story of your dream together, one card at a time. When you wake up, you’ll work together as a team to remember everything that happened, before the story slips away from you. The better you’re able to recall the story of the dream, the more points you’ll earn.

Exploding Kittens (U.S.)
Exploding Kittens: a card game
2-5 Players | 15 min. | Ages 7+
Players draw cards until someone draws an exploding kitten, at which point they explode, they are dead, and they are out of the game — unless that player has a defense card, which can defuse the kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches.

Red Raven Games (U.S.)
2-5 Players | 20 min. | Ages 8+
Collect as much treasure as you can, but watch out for monsters! The further you go in the level, the more treasure you’ll get, but if you take too much damage, you’ll end up going home with nothing.

Looney Labs (U.S.)
Fairy Tale Fluxx
2-6 Players | 5-20 min. | Ages 8+
The land of happily ever after is now in Fluxx! Constantly changing and mixing up all your favorite fairy tales, this is a wonderful version for introducing newer players to the magic of Fluxx, without the complications of Creepers or Surprises!

Osprey Games (U.S.)
High Society
3-5 Players | 20 min. | Ages 10+
As the quintessential bon vivant you must spare no expense following the latest trend and surrounding yourself with the fineries of life that you justly deserve. Assert your status, impress your peers, and avoid at every turn.

2-6 Players | 20-40 min. | Ages 10+
Every year the Emperor walks through the Imperial Gardens to greet the spring, every year he stops beneath the sakura trees, and every year you try to paint his picture. This will be your year. Artists from near and far will step over their rivals to be closest to the Emperor as he reaches the cherry blossoms, hoping to paint a portrait that will please him. However, should one of them accidentally bump into the Emperor, they would be sure to earn his ire!

1-2 Players | 10-20 min. | Ages 12+
A solo and cooperative tile-laying game. Players will help Shahrazad tell stories to pass another night by playing tiles featuring unique takes on iconic fairy-tales to construct the best story.

Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space
2-8 Players | 25-45 min. | Ages 12+
A mysterious alien plague has crept aboard the spacestation and is transforming the human crew into horrendous monsters! The remaining crewmen desperately try to save their lives by escaping from the derelict spaceship, but in the darkness the aliens are lurking…

3-5 Players | 30-50 min. | Ages 10+
You’ve studied the footage, connected the dots, and gathered what meagre evidence you could. You’re close – soon the whole world will know the truth behind the Cryptid. A group of like-minded cryptozoologists have come together to finally uncover the elusive creature, but the glory of discovery is too rich to share.

Odin’s Ravens
2 Players | 20-30 min. | Ages 8+
Every morning Odin sends his ravens, Huginn and Muninn, across the world to bring back news of what life is like on Earth. Naturally, after thousands of years, they’ve gotten a little competitive…

Lost Expedition
1-5 Players | 30-50 min. | Ages 14+
Legendary explorer Percy Fawcett marched deep into the Amazon in search of El Dorado. He was never seen again. Your team is following in his footsteps, but in searching for riches you must be careful not to lose the greatest treasure of all – your life.

Samurai Gardner
2-5 Players | 15-20 min. | Ages 10+
You are a samurai, tasked with upholding the honour of your noble lord. Now you must face your toughest task yet – ensuring he has a more beautiful garden than the other Japanese lords!

Oink Games (Japan)
Nine Tiles
2-4 Players | 15 min. | Ages 6+
The only thing you have to do is to move or flip the nine tiles in front of you with a goal of solving the puzzle faster than the other players.

Deep Sea Adventure
2-6 Players | 30 min. | Ages 8+
A group of adventurers got together on a submarine to try and gather the treasures that sleep at the bottom of the sea.

4-8 Players | 15 min. | Ages 9+
Combines two fun components, finding the answer to a quiz and revealing the Insider who is manipulating the discussion. The Insider will do everything to hide their identity while misleading others.

ThinkFun Games (U.S.)
Potato Pirates
3-6 Players | 20-45 min. | Ages 7+
Voyage on the high seas in a quest to save the Potato King! Program attacks to roast, mash, and fry enemy potato crews in battle, but keep yer eyes peeled for Potato King Cards.

Invasion of the Cow Snatchers
1 player | Ages 6+
Take control of your very own UFO to solve magnetic challenges! Maneuver your way over and around farm obstacles while beaming up cows.

Heads Talk Tails Walk
2-5 Players | 5-15 min. | Ages 3+
Can you hop like a frog while clucking like a chicken? Have a blast trying with this delightfully silly game for ages 3+. Players try to match hidden head tiles to the correct body tiles.

2 or more players | Ages 8+
A spatial card game that challenges you to be the first to make matches, or “Swishes.” Swishes are made by stacking as few as two or as many as 12 cards so that every ball swishes into a hoop of the same color. The player with the most matches at the end of the game wins.

Rush Hour
1 Player | 10-20 min. | Ages 8+
It will take more than a little skilled driving to get the red car out of this traffic jam – it will take brainpower. In Rush Hour, a sliding block logic game, you have to battle the gridlock as you slide the blocking vehicles out of the way for the red car to exit.

Gravity Maze
1 Player | 10-20 min. | Ages 8+
A gravity-powered logic maze game that builds reasoning skills and visual perception. Use the challenge cards to strategically place towers and create a path for your marble to reach the target.

Roller Coaster Challenge
1 Player | 10-20 min. | Ages 6+
In this thrilling engineering challenge, players get to build their very own roller coasters. Start by choosing a challenge card and setting up the pieces to match. Then, players use the remaining pieces to build a working roller coaster that meets the build conditions on their challenge card. 

2-8 Players | 5 min. | Ages 4+
A matching game that encourages pre-readers and early readers alike to match the pictures and words to their challenge cards. 

Balance Beans
1 Player | 10-20 min. | Ages 5+
A logic game and math game all in one. Set up the Red Beans according to the Challenge Card. Then carefully place the colorful Beans on the Seesaw to keep it from teetering. When you balance the Seesaw, you are actually balancing an equation.

Cat Crimes
1 Player | 10-20 min. | Ages 8+
Tangled yarn and a missing bird… which of the six furry fiends was responsible for each Cat Crime? With a little problem solving you’ll be able to use paw prints, toy placement, and other clues to figure out exactly where each Cat was sitting at the time of the crime.

Iello Games

1-4 Players | 15 min. | Ages 5+
It’s springtime! It is time to take care of your farm. Choose the best cards to build fences around your fields and protect your herds. Watch out: the wolf roams and can appear at any time!

SOS Dino
1-4 Players | 25 min. | Ages 7+
A cooperative game in which players have to move the cute dinosaur figurines to help them escape the flowing lava.

Troll & Dragon
2-5 Players | 20 min. | Ages 7+
Brave the big Troll and the terrible Dragon to collect the most treasures for your king and win the game.

High Risk
2-4 Players | 20 min. | Ages 8+
Only the best can join the first expedition to climb the highest peak in the world, and your team isn’t the only one to brave this mountain. At there inhospitable heights even the most experienced climbers are going to need a little bit of luck.

3-6 Players | 20 min. | Ages 8+
In Nessos, embody Greek heroes who imprison mythological creatures into sacred Amphoras in order to offer them to the gods. If you capture enough, you will reach the rank of gods’ Chosen One! But beware… Charon the terrible roams and will try by all means to make you take a one way trip to Hell!

Welcome to the Dungeon
2-4 Players | 30 min. | Ages 10+
You all stand at the entrance to the dungeon, but only one will enter: the bravest, the craziest, or maybe just the one who hasn’t had a chance to flee yet! To see who has the guts to enter, take turns setting aside equipment or adding monsters to the dungeon. Are you tough enough to hit the dungeon? Or will you let someone else go down — and hope they stay down?

Alien Wars
2-6 Players | 10 min. | Ages 6+
A fast, card-tossing game in which your goal is to become Master of the Galaxy; and to do this you need to eliminate everyone else from the galaxy. Then you can do whatever you want with the place.

Coiledspring Games (UK)
The Mind
2-4 Players | 15 min. | Ages 8+
A game where players play cards into the center of the table in ascending order but no communication is allowed to know what should be played next. Only the power of your mind and eyes can help guide the others in the correct order of play.

Cheating Moth
3-5 Players | 30 min. | Ages 7+
A hilarious game of diversions, distractions and dastardly cheating.

Tsumikiya (Japan)
Sakura no Kinobori / さくらのきのぼり
2-5 Players | 10 min. | Ages 3+
This is a card game for age 3+. Each player tries to connect and make a tall tree. The rules are very easy to understand so families with children of all ages will enjoy this game.

Sakura no Daibouken / さくらの大冒険 
2-6 Players | 10 min. | Ages 6+
Sakura no Daibouken is a cooperative board game where all participants will win or lose together. Communication is the key to winning. Players become a seaman to find a treasure before pirates find it.

Took 2 Long Productions (Worldwide)
Wilson + Glimmer vs. Shrubbery digital game
Windows / Singleplayer / Roleplaying game / English Language
Journey through the “dangerous” Hearnwood along with Glimmer fighting monsters, gaining levels, fighting monsters, finding special treasures, fighting monsters, and fighting monsters (we did mention that right? There’s a lot of that… sorry… not sorry…).

Pie for Breakfast Studios (U.S)
La Mancha
3-5 Players | 45-90 min. | Ages 12+
A storytelling card game for 3-5 players based on Miguel de Cervantes’s classic 1605 novel Don Quixote.

Erickson (Italy)
Anche gli orchi hanno paura / Even the orcs are afraid
2 or more players | Ages 6+
A cooperative game where children learn to overcome their fears.

2-4 Players | 20-30 minutes | Ages 7+
The fearsome Dragondado is terrorizing the reign of Ludus. Who will succeed in taming it to restore peace in the kingdom and become a Knight?

Giocadomino _ Suoni e parole : Sillabe iniziali
2 or more players | Ages 5+
A variation of dominoes used for learning sounds and words.

Giocamemo A che gioco giochiamo?
2 or more players | Ages 2+
An educational game designed to develop a sense of self and the sense of others.

Giocamemo Girotondo delle emozioni
2 or more players | Ages 4+
An active playful game for everyone designed to develop a sense of self and the recognition of emotions.

Giocamemo Il circo dei contrari
2 or more players | Ages 2+
A fun game designed to develop logical skills and to reinforce executive functions.

Giocamemo Zucca e mucca e altre strane coppie
2 or more players | Ages 2+
An educational game designed to develop metaphonological skills.

Missione spazio
1 or more players | 10-20 minutes | Ages 1+
A fun journey into the universe, to develop planning, problem-solving, logic, and cooperation skills.

Mostri in mostra
2-4 Players | 5-10 minutes | Ages 5+
In this art gallery, someone had fun editing all the portraits of the monsters. Perhaps it was your opponent who created this confusion? You will be able to be attentive and quick and turn your painting into the same …

Ruba memo
2-4 Players | 10 minutes | Ages 5+
A game of dexterity and speed, in which each player will have to show that he has an iron memory and be able and quick to steal the cards on the table and those already won by the opponents. 

Titti fritti
2-6 Players | 5-10 minutes | Ages 5+
With Titti Fritti, adults and children have fun, training their own reasoning, self-control, attention and memory skills.

2-4 Players | Ages 3+
A game of intuition, glance, and speed!

Red Glove Games (Italy)
2-4 Players | 20 minutes | Ages 5+
A peaceful trip to the lake can turn into a day full of mystery and suspense if the lake is Lochness. A camera is enough and a great desire for adventure to try to immortalize the legendary creature that populates these waters. Are you ready to immerse yourself in this magical atmosphere and meet Nessie?

Australia Outback
2-4 Players | 30 minutes | Ages 8+
Welcome to Australia! The land of kangaroos, koalas, and platypuses! The colorful outback expects a Ranger to help its animals find the right place to survive and reproduce their own species, are you ready to follow the call of the mesa?

3-7 Players | 30 minutes | Ages 10+
Can you draw an ALIEN? Of course you can! But what if some players are drawing a MARTIAN and others an EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL? Can you figure out which SUBJECTS scrawled other players in 30 SECONDS?

Tortuga Gourmet
2-5 Players | 20 minutes | Ages 7+
The most fearsome pirate cooks of the seven seas are looking for gourmet ingredients to compose their absurd recipes. Move your ship over the islands, collect the ingredients and compose the recipes: are you ready for the challenge?

dV Giochi (Italy)
The Game
1-5 Players | 20 minutes | Ages 8+
A cooperative card game full of tension.

Monster Match
2-6 Players | 10 minutes | Ages 6+
Welcome to Ciambellonia, the world capital of donuts!  The greedy monsters are stealing all the donuts: capture as many as possible to recover all the sweets.

3 Segreti – Crimini nel Tempo
2-8 Players | 15 minutes | Ages 14+
In this game, you are a time travel investigator dealing with unsolved cases.

Creativamente (Italy)
Parolandia Frasi per Gioco
2-10 Players | Ages 7+
Combine your puzzle pieces and build your sentence, longer and more fun as possible. Challenge your friends by creating original sentences and … motivating them!

2-4 Players | Ages 5+
A game of space.

Babalibri (Italy)
Toc! Toc! Toc!
2-4 Players | 15 minutes | Ages 4+
To win the game, you will have to be very hospitable and welcome the first five guests to your home. 

2-4 Players | 15 minutes | Ages 3+
Simone, the famous rabbit who says «Caccapupù», is the protagonist of this hilarious memory game!

Lo sgranocchiacolori di Pop
1-2 Players | 10 minutes | Ages 3+
Pop has lost all the colors! To help him get back over-colored, you’ll have to find his favorite dishes and feed them to the little dinosaur. A game of association and memory, to have fun alone or with the whole family!

La zuppaccia di Cornabicorna
2 or more players | 15 minutes | Ages 5+
Cornabicorna launches a challenge to all children who do not want to eat soup: in this card game, those who find themselves holding the “ZUPPACCIA” card at the end of the game have lost! 

La tombola della famiglia Topini
2-4 Players | 15 minutes | Ages 3+
The complete Topini family gives us a very special bingo. Whoever succeeds first in completing all the folders, thanks to speed and attention, wins the game! 

Il gioco dell’oca di Cornabicorna
2-4 Players | 10 minutes | Ages 5+
“If you don’t eat soup, I’ll eat your bunny!” Pay attention! Cornabicorna is determined to swallow you all in one bite. You will have to escape along the path as quickly as possible, avoiding the traps and pitfalls prepared by the sublime, magnificent and grandiose Cornabicorna! 

Corri pulcino!
2 or more players | 10 minutes | Ages 5+
Claude Ponti’s incredible chicks have escaped from books to get you involved in a game where speed and eye-catching are indispensable!

Come fa l’uccellino?
2-4 Players | 15 minutes | Ages 3+
Inspired by the Bird of Soledad Bravi, this is a domino where players all win together. By laying their tiles, they can imitate the direction of the animal or the sound of the object represented, or mime an action that concerns them. Combining illustrations with onomatopoeic sounds is an ideal way to have fun with your own voice.

Chi è il più forte?
1-6 Players | 20-25 minutes | Ages 4+
In this adrenaline-fueled variation of the classic memory game, players must use memory, finding all pairs of identical tokens arranged on the board, and at the same time have a little luck … In fact, every turn, one turns a wheel that tells the player the move to make.

Bandito servito! 
2-8 Players | 15 minutes | Ages 4+
The goal of Bandito served is to earn a very rich hazelnut swag. To do this, you need a bit of audacity and a lot of concentration: turning the cards in the deck one by one, you will form a sequence, to be memorized in a few seconds. Immediately afterward you will have to imitate with your closed eyes the funny moves of the little bandits represented on the cards. Be careful, be on the lookout: special cards could pop up at any time and make you duplicate the whole swag!

1,2,3…arriva il lupo!
2-4 Players | 15 minutes
Each player builds a path with the tiles, which the wolf must follow, starting from afar and gradually approaching the player. The aim of the game is not to get eaten: when the wolf reaches the end of the path, the player has lost.

Asmodee (Italy)
Ticket to Ride
2-5 Players | 30-60 minutes | Ages 8+
Nationwide railway adventure game.

2-4 Players | 20-40 minutes | Ages 10+
Players collect the balls placed on the board by finding words that correspond to a specific letter (line) and topic (column).

One key
2-6 Players | 20 minutes | Ages 8+
A cooperative game in which a player, the Leader, must help his team find the hidden Key among the Exploration cards.

Just One
3-7 Players | 20 minutes | Ages 8+
A cooperative party game. Together with the others, make one of the players guess a Mystery word by secretly writing a clue on your easel. Choose your clue without agreeing with others and give proof of originality by trying not to write the same clue as another player. 

Around the World in 80 Days
2-6 Players | 45 minutes | Ages 10+
Phileas Fogg boasts of being able to complete the world tour in 80 days. The members of the Reform Club bet against him, as they do not believe that this eccentric dandy is able to make it!

Exploding Kittens
2-5 Players | 15 minutes | Ages 7+
The game is a highly strategic and powerfully feline version of Russian roulette. 

Become an International Games Week Sponsor

Some basics about being a sponsor for International Games Week:

  1. International Games Week is generally a week-long event, but individual libraries choose when and how to participate. We usually have around 2000 libraries participate; 2015 was our peak thus far at more than 2157 libraries around the world.
  2. We generally limit physical donations to libraries in your home country to prevent international shipping costs as your company will be handling distribution and shipping.
  3. To be a donor, we need to know how many games you would be donating, a description of the game, any graphics, etc. for promotion purposes. You can donate one game or several.
  4. A donation of 200 games is the minimum to be considered ‘official sponsor’. Companies that donate 200 games, will receive a blog post about the donation, the logo in the sidebar, and a link to your site on the sponsor page.
  5. Companies that donate 50 games will still have their logo and the link to their site on the sponsor page.
  6. Registration is online and libraries have the opportunity to self-select which donations they want. When all donations have been claimed or in early September, whichever comes first, we will provide the list of libraries to you so you can begin distribution.

If you are interested in sponsorship or have any questions, please fill out the form below.