Game Designer: Nikita Sorokin
Artwork: Maria Stankevich

30 min



Game Overview

Mezen is a style of folk Russian painting originated in a northern Russian town of the same name.
In Mezen you will take on the role of a northern craftsman, creating intricate ornamental paintings to order. Combine symbols and flip tiles to accomplish goals and earn Victory Points. The player to earn the most Victory Points after the 10th round wins.

Each turn the players will be choosing a group of adjacent identical symbols to remove it from their “painting” and slide down the tiles above to fill the empty spots. After that, the removed tiles will be flipped to the other side and placed into the newly empty spots. By changing the placement of symbols this way, the players will be accomplishing goals and receiving victory points.

International Publishers

English edition: Arcane Wonders (to be released)

Key Selling Points

Easy to understand rules and captivating gameplay

Unique experience every game

Design inspired by the folk craft of the Russian North


125 double-sided Mezen painting tiles

36 goal cards

75 amulets

Game board

5 markers to count Victory Points

5 «50/100 points» tokens

Active Player miniature


MEZEN – History of the Game’s Setting

Learn more about how the idea of the game’s style appeared and developed!

MEZEN – Behind the Scenes of Design Production

Learn about production process in more detail!

Dice Tower’s Seal of Approval

English review by Tabletopping – Reading time: 5 min.

Mezen is a delightful puzzle of a game, sure to appeal to families and those who appreciate well-themed, strategic, yet accessible gameplay. If you love puzzly games and enjoy quality time with loved ones, Mezen is a worthy addition to your collection.

English review by @buryboardgames – Reading time: 2 min.

Art-wise, it looks quite a stark contrast with the red/white/black atmosphere, like something out of a White Stripes album!
It’s surprisingly thinky, and satisfying when you get it right.

English review by @goodowlgames – Reading time 1 min.

It’s been a while since I opened a board game box and just went WOW!

English review by @tabletop_4world – Reading time: 4 min.

It feels like a nice puzzle to solve and it can get kind of addictive in the best possible way!
We absolutely loved the looks of it and we think that the story behind the art style is very interesting.

English review by @ourboardgamestory – Reading time: 2 min.

We love games with a colorful, striking appearance. And Mezen from @hobbyworldint definitely doesn’t dissapoint in this regard.

German review by Boardgamemonkeys – Reading time: 6 min.

Insgesamt ein schönes Familienspiel für kurzweilige Runden, dass sich wunderbar unter dem Weihnachtsbaum macht.

English review by What Board Game – Reading time: 6 min.

That said, there is a real charm and beauty to this game, and it is very relaxing to play.

Spanish review by @instaboardgamer – Reading time: 2 min.

Requiere un par de partidas agarrarle del todo la mano, pero una vez que se la agarras se torna muy estratégico y competitivo. Me gusto! Sobre todo la calidad de los componentes.

English review by @boardgamebahrain – Reading time: 3 min.

The gameplay is really fun and delightful, and it really makes you think about how to position your tiles.
Overall, it’s a fantastic game, especially if you enjoy abstract strategy games.
Highly recommended!

Dutch review by @rood_met_wittestippen – Reading time: 1 min.

Mezen is een puzzelspel waar je altijd een stap verder moet denken. Ik moest even wennen aan de volledige layout in rood en wit maar het heeft wel iets.
De handleiding is goed opgesteld en alle kaarten zijn duidelijk uitgelegd.

Als je graag puzzelspellen speelt met strategie is dit zeker iets voor jou.

English review by @boardgames.joel – Reading time: 3 min.

We really enjoyed Mezen’s simplicity and it’s unique mechanisms make it a game we would easily table.

Dutch review by @hetspelletjeskoppel – Reading time: 2 min.

Mezen heeft thematisch artwork dat ons niet direct aantrok, maar de gameplay heeft ons wel positief verrast. De herspeelbaarheid is erg hoog omdat de tegels steeds anders liggen en er steeds andere doelkaarten in een andere volgorde worden gebruikt. Wij vinden het een erg leuk en uitdagend puzzelspel!

Dutch review by @themeeplegamer – Reading time: 1 min.

Mezen is een leuk puzzelspel door het gebruik van de amuletten kan je zelf invloed uitoefenen op wat de actieve speler kiest. Het spel bevat een hoge herspeelbaarheid door de vele doelkaarten die in het spel zitten. Regels zijn duidelijk en worden goed uitgelegd. Een leuk puzzelspel voor als je opzoek bent naar iets nieuws.

Game Rules (EN)

All you need to know to play the game.

Sell Sheet

Single-page gameplay overview with all the business information included (MSRP, MOQ, Availability).

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