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Apples Project

Introduction

The Apples Project was created in 2002 by Mark Jackson to select the best games within the same theme or by the same designer. In his own words:

Most awards attempt to compare apples to oranges, pitting family games & strategy games released in the same 12 months against each other. It's downright futile to compare a party game with a two-player abstract... but year after year, that's the way lots of awards are given. I managed to gather a group of like-minded gamer/experts to help me create... The Apples Project! An attempt to compare apples to apples... by nominating & voting on games in categories rather than by chronological years.

Mark revived the project in 2006, inviting 50+ 'Apple Pickers' mostly from the game blogging community, almost half of them having participated in 2002. In each category, they first nominate up to 7 games, the 10 most nominated games being selected for voting in the second round. Each Apple Picker votes for 5 games, the 5 most voted games being the final selection.

Links: 2006 and 2002

Best Games

Category
2006
2002
Best Beautiful Games
Big City
Crokinole
Lord of the Rings
CATAN 3D Collector's Edition
Shadows over Camelot
Tikal
Battle Cry
Big City
Lord of the Rings
Mississippi Queen
Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit
Starfarers of Catan
Best City Building Games
Big City
Carcassonne (all versions)
La Città
The Princes of Florence
Puerto Rico
Big City
Carcassonne
Chinatown
La Città
Metropolis
Puerto Rico
Best Elegant Games
Acquire
Blokus
Ingenious
Through the Desert
Ticket to Ride (all versions)
N/A
Best Exploration Games
Africa
Entdecker/Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons
Expedition/Wildlife Adventure
Goldland
Tikal
Africa
Entdecker/Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons
Expedition/Wildlife Adventure
Lost Cities
Tikal
Best Fillers (15 minutes or less)
Can't Stop
Diamant
For Sale
Hey, That's My Fish!
Wildlife Safari
Loopin' Louie
No Thanks!
Circus Flohcati
En Garde
For Sale
Loopin' Louie
Take it Easy!
Best Fillers (15 to 30 minutes)
Blokus
Can't Stop
Crokinole
Liar's Dice
San Juan
Can't Stop
Category 5
High Society
Liar's Dice
Bargain Hunter
TransAmerica
Best Long Games
18xx
Age of Steam
Caylus
Die Macher
Funkenschlag
18xx
Civilization/Advanced Civilization
Die Macher
Funkenschlag
La Città
Best Negotiation Games (non-trading)
Cosmic Encounter (all versions)
Diplomacy
I'm the Boss!
Intrigue
Lifeboats
Santiago
Cosmic Encounter (all versions)
Diplomacy
I'm the Boss!
Lifeboats
Genoa
Best Negotiation Games (trading)
Basari/Edel, Stein & Reich
Bohnanza
Chinatown
Oltre Mare
Catan (and all the various permutations)
Genoa
Basari
Bohnanza
Chinatown
Pit
Catan
Best Political Games
Die Macher
Diplomacy
Liberté
Twilight Struggle
Die Macher
Diplomacy
Wacky Wacky West
El Grande
Liberté
Best Racing Games (cars & motorcycles)
Ausgebremst
PitchCar
Daytona 500 and family
Formula Dé/Formula Dé Mini
Das Motorsportspiel
Ausgebremst
PitchCar
Daytona 500
Formula Dé
Das Motorsportspiel
Best Racing Games (animals)
Ave Caesar
Hare & Tortoise
Igel Ärgern
Odin's Ravens
Winner's Circle
Ave Caesar
High Tail It!
Hare & Tortoise
Winner's Circle
TurfMaster
Best Racing Games (other)
Around the World in 80 Days
Cartagena
Mississippi Queen
RoboRally
Um Reifenbreite
Master Labyrinth
Cartagena
Streetcar
Mississippi Queen
RoboRally
Um Reifenbreite
Best Sports Games
Duell/En Garde
Harry's Grand Slam Baseball Game
Olympia 2000 (v. Chr.)
Pizza Box Football
Strand-Cup
StreetSoccer
N/A
Best Trick-Taking Games
The Bottle Imp
Mü & More
Bargain Hunter
Zing!
Tichu
Mü & More
Bargain Hunter
Sticheln
Tichu
Where's Bob's Hat?
Wizard
Best Wargames for Eurogamers
Battle Cry
Memoir '44
Twilight Struggle
Vinci
Wallenstein (first edition)
N/A
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