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Winner of the German Game of the Year Award, this is a fun and relaxing riddle solving game. Ideal for parties or casual gaming!


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From the publisher's website:

A modern classic, Barbarossa is a great game for family and friends! Enter the fantastic world of this casual riddle-solving game. Share laughs with your friends or family as you create and master riddles! First, each player forms objects out of clay. Since the item is a riddle,your clay figure will only show rough contours. So there's no need to be an artist when you mold the rough shape of a dinosaur or a bug!

"Is it a living thing?"
"Is it bigger than me?"

...these questions might bring you closer to solving the other players' riddles. When you solve a riddle, you are rewarded with points. You can also earn points when your riddle gets solved, but only if it's not too easy and not too hard! You earn bonus points if your riddle is solved in the middle of the game, but you lose points if it is answered early (too easy) or late (too hard)! Earning points is the key to victory, so put your thinking cap on and mold your best riddles in the clay of Barbarossa! Barbarossa was awarded with the prestigious "Spiel des Jahres" game award! But we've made it even better. This revised version employs a more portable and intuitive format.

From Board Game Geek (describes the 1988 edition, which is very similar to this edition):

Barbarossa, in German "red beard" was, according to its inventor, inspired by the fantasy trilogy Die Schule der Rätselmeister (School of the Riddle Masters), in which wizards are devoted to the creation of riddles and riddle solving tournaments. In an interview he stated "As you know there are moments when you close a book really sad that it's over. After finishing the last page, you often feel like you've lost a friend -- to be somewhat melodramatic. So I was looking for a way to keep the book alive a little longer. Creating a game seemed the perfect solution. In this game, I was looking for a way to make riddles, to experiment with shapes and to let the players express their own creativity with clay."

Additional Information

Estimated release date N/A
Publisher Mayfair
Year 2005
Designer Klaus Teuber
Language English edition
Edition latest
Time 60 - 75 mins
Minimum Age 12
# of players 3 - 4
Themes Bizarre
Mechanics deduction