Nefarious (2015 ed)
Those "fools at the institute ... they called you mad!" Now you'll show them as you unveil your new device for world domination... Mwah, ha, ha! Yes, this is your chance to play mad scientist.
This is a quick-playing card game in which players race to complete their particular 'invention' and take over the world. Each round, they set their minions (more hump-backed Igors than yellow lozenges) to work on different aspects of their invention – including the vital fund-raising.
It may be a relatively simple game, but it's huge fun (and from the designer of Dominion). I've been a fan since I saw the original edition at Spiel '11 (and have the badge to prove it!).
For 2-6 players, aged 8+, playing time 45 minutes: £20.00 £15.00 (£12.50 ex-VAT outside the EU)