Some of our favourite picks for games you might not have heard of - games that do something a little different and look as great as they play.
Dimension is a lightning-fast brain-burner of a game. Race to stack your balls in to a pyramid, while following all the rules. What rules? Before each match, you'll draw cards that tell you how you must build. For example: Blue balls can't touch white balls. Use at least 3 green balls. You must have one orange ball higher than a green ball. It sounds crazy, but it's a ton of fun. $64.95
Above & Below blends a traditional euro-game style game of building a town (recruit your workers, build buildings, sell resources) and brings it to life with a choose-your-own-adventure style storytelling element. To truly prosper, your town above must send adventurers below ground to explore and discover the mysteries of the underworld. Gorgeously illustrated by the game's designer, Ryan Laukat. $69.95
Dixit is a game that can be played by kids, adults, or anyone who likes to play with words and meanings. When it's your turn, you (the "storyteller") choose a card and announce a clue to describe the imaginative art on it. Each other player chooses a card whose picture they think would also match your clue. All the cards are revealed, and all the other players must choose which card was they storyteller's. It's creative and tricky fun for 3-6 players. Features 84 oversized art cards. $49.95
In the Abyss, you are a lord of an undersea Kingdom, vying to get your hands on the throne by collecting allies and controlling territories. Lavish, colourful art adorns every bit of this game. $69.95
Takenoko is a family-friendly strategy game that looks fantastic and is easy to learn. Score points by placing your pieces, growing bamboo (with the farmer) and eating bamboo (with the Panda). A fun theme with good replay value make this a solid choice! $59.95