Verlag Kosmos generates strong sales by maintaining its well-known brands, but also through innovative concepts. Both of these can be found in the innovations for 2021 from the Stuttgart publishing house: Completely new brands, but also sequels with which, not least, the aim is to open up new target groups. Fans have special expectations of the illustrator Michael Menzel, who has been secretly working on a new board game: The Adventures of Robin Hood. But that shouldn't have been it: We have summarized the board game innovations that Kosmos Verlag will be adding to its portfolio in spring 2021.


The spring innovations are numerous at Verlag Kosmos: eleven children's games are coming onto the market, the Exit brand is being expanded by six titles - and a total of nine new products for family and adult games are waiting to be launched in the young year 2021.

Most Wanted: The Adventures of Robin Hood

Robin Hood's Adventures will be released in March. Image: Cosmos

Robin Hood's Adventures will be released in March. Image: Cosmos

With The Adventures of Robin Hood, Kosmos Verlag publishes Michael Menzel's new work. The author of The Legends of Andor worked in secret on the family game that relies on an innovative mechanism: a changing board.

England in 1193. The county of Nottingham suffers from the yoke of the evil Prince John and his henchmen: The players slip into the roles of Robin Hood and his companions Little John, Maid Marian and Will Scarlet. Together they face injustice and uncover a dark secret in the process. They move their figures freely on the large game board, talk to villagers and explore objects. They always have to get away from the Nottingham Sheriff's henchmen. That arouses curiosity, stirs up expectations, especially against the background of the success of the Andor series. That Michael Menzel could fail with a Robin Hood adventure of all things? Hard to imagine. Especially not because the board game relies on a new kind of trick. The picture is actually played on on the lively game board. The figures move in an open game world without predetermined walking paths; the game board changes over the course of the game. An original mechanism determines the movement of the figures through the use of different wooden pieces.

  • Age recommendation: from 10 years
  • Players: for 2 to 4 players
  • Playing time: about 60 minutes
  • Price: € 49,99
  • Release: March 2021

The various actions and secrets are integrated into the game plan and are only revealed in the course of the story. The game board has a “memory” and remembers what the players have already explored or found
to have. Thanks to the special material, the entire game can be set up and dismantled very quickly. With the introductory game, players can start their first adventure straight away. The book included accompanies you through the story.

The crew - mission deep sea

The sequel to Die Crew will be released in March. Image: Cosmos

The sequel to Die Crew will be released in March. Image: Cosmos

The crew was a hit, excellent, popular, with a classic game concept in a modern guise. It was to be assumed that a sequel would appear - and this time it will not go into the vastness of space, but into the depths of the ocean.

Once again, author Thomas Sing is responsible for the implementation. Adventure, ancient secrets, but also unknown dangers beckon in the dark of the deep sea. Players ages ten and up graduate in the sequel to the award-winning Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020 The crew perform risky tasks, perform daring missions - and also have to prove themselves as a team.

Communication is a crucial factor in this. But this is more difficult than expected on this underwater adventure. The crew plunges into unimagined depths to fulfill a mysterious mission. During the risky dives, the crew members have to rely on each other. Therefore, in the cooperative trickery game, whoever receives the most tricks does not win. Rather, it's about passing the trick on to the right crew member.

  • Age recommendation: from 10 years
  • Players: for 3 to 5 players
  • Playing time: about 20 minutes
  • Price: € 12,99
  • Release: March 2021

In the missions there are guidelines as to which cards a crew member must receive. Who is holding which cards in hand? One can only guess. 96 new order cards ensure highly varied missions in countless constellations. So these tasks lead the crew further and further into the depths of the ocean and they get closer and closer to the great secret.

Adventure Games - The Gloom City Files

Game designer Phil Walker-Harding had a hit with Cacao in 2015, as did Imhotep in the following year. Together with Matthew Dunstan, several story-based adventure games appeared in 20219 with the Adventure Games, the plot of which the players advance together.

Exploring places, combining objects, experiencing stories: the Adventure Games series allows players to immerse themselves in a story that they not only discover together, but also shape. Because depending on the decisions you make, the course of history changes. The special feature: The latest adventure comes from the pen of Kayleigh Anderson, freelance writer, and Hauke ​​Gerdes, who became known among other things through the live streaming channel "Rocket Beans".

  • Age recommendation: from 16 years
  • Players: for 1 to 4 players
  • Playing time: approx. 3 times 90 minutes
  • Price: € 14,99
  • Release: March 2021

With the suspended cops pushing a quiet ball, it's quickly over when the latest case pulls players deeper and deeper into its spell. Who is behind the kidnappings? And will it be possible to free the hostages? The players investigate several suspicious locations, record clues and speak to the residents of Gloom City in order to finally get on the trail of the culprit. For this purpose, the players slip into the role of different characters with different characteristics and thus dive even deeper into the game. Joint decisions move the action forward. So it's particularly exciting: the players themselves decide how the thriller ends.

Hunter of the night

The game Hunter of the Night by Yasutaka Ikeda, which actually dates from 2010, is more of a new edition than a real novelty. Impenetrable darkness reigns in the forest of shadows. Vampires hunt werewolves and vice versa. The warring groups are powerful and are trying to exterminate each other.

The few remaining people who have got caught between the front lines sometimes fight on one side, sometimes on the other. Which group will win? Each player either belongs to the werewolves clan, to the vampires or is one of the few people.

At the beginning everyone only knows their own identity. It is therefore important to collect as much information about the other players as possible in order to gradually uncover the affiliations of the others. Only when you know who is on which side can you unite against your common enemy. To do this, the players move to different locations that allow different actions.

  • Age recommendation: from 10 years
  • Players: for 5 to 8 players
  • Playing time: approx. 30 to 50 minutes
  • Price: € 14,99
  • Release: March 2021

If a player has reached the maximum number of tolerable points of damage in combat, he or she must be eliminated. Whoever achieves their individual goal wins not only for themselves, but also for the whole clan if necessary.

Catan: Dark & ​​Golden Times

Catan continues to grow. The successful series is linked to the Kosmos publishing house like no other and is considered to be one of the most influential game brands of all. Catan is a door opener and a long-term motivator, without which the board game industry would probably not be where it is today.

Games you have to face many challenges: you repel devious attacks of the barbarians and discover new islands. New, exciting adventures await two princes and princesses in the expansion of the bestselling game Catan - The Duel.

  • Age recommendation: from 10 years
  • Players: 2 players
  • Playing time: about 75 minutes
  • Price: € 19,99
  • Release: March 2021

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Catan - The Duel, this expansion combines all six themed sets in one box for the first time, thus providing even more opportunities and fun. The principality is facing golden, but also dark times. In competition with time, Catanians have to compete in the "time of intrigue", the "time of the merchant", the "time of the barbarians", the "time of prosperity", the "time of discoverers" or the "time of the wise" prove. who
manage to lead his principality to victory first?

Harry Potter: Defense Against the Dark Arts

The dark forces are getting stronger. As a student at Hogwarts, players practice duels with other wizards. To do this, they use spells, curses and magical objects and look for allies. Who can stun the opponent three times to win the magical duel?

New games for Harry Potter are also coming onto the market again. Image: Cosmos

New games for Harry Potter are also coming onto the market again. Image: Cosmos

The competitive deck building game implements the gameplay of Harry Potter: Fight for Hogwarts as a stand-alone game of two. Two players collect cards and play them to acquire new, better cards and to stun the opponent. They practice duels with other magicians and master the most difficult spells. Whoever manages to drive the opposing piece to the “stunned” space has won the duel.

  • Age recommendation: from 11 years
  • Players: 2 players
  • Playing time: about 30 minutes
  • Price: € 24,99
  • Release: March 2021

Harry Potter fans feel not only because of the high quality equipment, but also because of the worth seeing
Graphics from the movies put into the magical world.

Harry Potter: Death Eaters Rising

Lord Voldemort and his Deathess threaten not only the wizards and Hogwarts, but also the Ministry of Magic and Hogsmeade. Two to four players will only be able to protect the wizarding world if they work together. In this dice game, sorcerers' apprentices aged eleven and over take on the fight against evil together with the wizarding community. He, whose name must not be mentioned, and his death eater are a threat to the wizarding world. Now their fate is in the hands of the players.

  • Age recommendation: from 11 years
  • Players: 2 to 4 players
  • Playing time: about 60 minutes
  • Price: € 49,99
  • Release: March 2021

By rolling the dice you can unite the witches and wizards from Hogwarts, Dumbledore's army and the Order of the Phoenix in the fight against the dark forces. Voldemort and his Death Eaters are always on their heels. Fans of this new game, which has already achieved cult status in the English version, are also pleased with the enclosed Voldemort figure.

Lost Cities - Roll & Write

Reiner Knizia's hit gets a trend offshoot. Image: Cosmos

Reiner Knizia's hit gets a trend offshoot. Image: Cosmos

Roll-and-write and authoring legend and at the same time legendary mathematics Reiner Knizia: A game that relies on this combination has to be good.

The popular game Lost Cities is now on a roll & write hunt for points in the jungle. Two to five explorers, ages eight and up, are on their way into the unknown and have to advance dangerous expeditions as far as possible.

Roll the dice, make notes and collect points: those who act wisely and prudently will advance their expedition a long way. The players start their game sheet with small numbers of dice in order to get as high as possible and to get the most points in the end. In each round, the researchers can decide whether they want to continue an expedition or start a new one.

You are really lucky if you land on one of the acceleration fields or find artifacts - they promise special points. If the players make good progress, victory beckons - but if an expedition gets stuck too early, there are negative points.

  • Age recommendation: from 8 years
  • Players: 2 to 5 players
  • Playing time: about 30 minutes
  • Price: € 12,99
  • Release: March 2021

It is important to keep an eye on the expeditions of the others, because they benefit from every die roll. The handy format makes Roll & Write an adventure game for on the go.

Ubongo Brain Games

Ubongo is a brand that has been around since the very beginning of board gaming. The publishing house Kosmos will bring out a new, again handy offshoot of the brand classic in the spring. The million-seller Ubongo has been delighting young and old in different degrees of difficulty for over 10 years. The latest version fits in almost every pocket: the Ubongo puzzle game with 200 tasks is now available in a practical format. The game is not played against others, but against the game. This means that fans of the popular tile-laying game are well equipped on the go.

  • Age recommendation: from 8 years
  • Players: 1 players
  • Game duration: 200 levels
  • Price: € 12,99
  • Release: March 2021

The puzzle offers long-lasting fun for solo puzzlers with 200 tasks and different levels of difficulty. From simple tasks for beginners to really tricky levels, everything is included for players aged eight and over. This means that you never get bored on vacation, on the train or at home on a rainy day.


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