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Top 5 Games from Essen 2019 | Maven Games
With over 1500 games released at Essen Spiel this year, I obviously haven’t managed to play all of them! However, I played a lot of the hot new releases at the fair and played many more since coming back. Overall, I thought the year was strong for Euros, but there were no stand-out must-play games. The selection of games on offer seemed less innovative in general. There were a couple of interesting releases, but no genre-defining games like Exit or Pandemic Legacy. Without further ado then, here are my Top 5 Games from Essen 2019… 5. Azul: Summer Pavilion I wasn’t expecting to be so enamoured with this one. I liked the previous two Azuls well enough, but they didn’t ‘wow’ me. Summer Pavilion is a significant improvement for me personally in a couple of key ways though. Firstly, the inclusion of wild tiles. Each round, a different colour of tile is wild, but these allow you mitigate bad tile draws. You could just get done in sometimes in the original Azul because of the way the tiles fell. Being able to add wild tiles to change how many you have of different colours makes it much easier to avoid...