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.

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.