Latvian game maker wins German prize

A Latvia-based inventor and maker of games for kids (and adults) of all ages has won a prestigious international prize in Germany.

Brain Games, based in Riga, had its flicking game 'Ice Cool' named best children's game of the year at the annual game of the year awards held every year since 1979 in Germany.

YES!!! Flicking game #IceCool Received the prestigious Kinderspiel des Jahres 2017 (Best Children's Game 2017) from @spieldesjahres! pic.twitter.com/YR8KiAafMu

— Brain Games Tweets (@BrainGames_int) June 19, 2017

As you can see from the video below, Ice Cool involves using skill and ingenuity to flick penguins from room to room.

 

According to the jury coordinator Sabine Koppelberg, Ice Cool won from around 160 different games submitted over the last year.

"As it says on the box, Ice Cool is a family game. But in our eyes it is also a cool game for kids," said Koppelberg, adding that it is a game that could be played equally well at school or at home.

A few board game enthusiasts established Brain Games in Riga in 2004 and has been growing ever since. It exports to more than 30 countries and runs its own retail outlets in Riga, Tallinn and Tartu.

"Everyone in our team loves board games and we are all grateful to do what we love. We believe that board games are a perfect tool to bring people together in this era of screens and social networks," the company says on its website.

In 2011 development and publishing of its own games started and later Brain Games Publishing was established, concentrating on publishing new original games.

Our favorite is the brilliantly-titled 'Om Nom Nom'.

 

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