★★★★☆ Qwirkle; matching shapes and colors, sounds easy, but…

Check out this game if: you’re looking for a thinky game that is very rewarding to play.

This game stands out because of the rewarding feeling when you get a good combination (similar to a getting a 7 letter word in Scrabble). It feels great when you opponent sets you up with a good move, or when you pick up the right piece. But when your opponent takes your spot, or you draw the same usless piece, it feels futile.

1. A really good brain trainer -makes you think of multiple options at the same time.
2. Simple game rules -once you get the hang of it.
3. Simple game pieces -bright pieces look fun on the table.
4. No player elimination.
5. Complex enough for adults to play on their own -and kids still have a chance to win.

1. Although simple, the rules are difficult at first -especially for young kids.
2. Only plays up to 4 players.
3. A little bad luck can make a player feel left behind in the game.
4. Can be competitive.

Brief Overview:
In this game, you are trying to get the most points. You get points by placing pieces from your hand onto the play-field. To place a piece, it need to share one characteristic with all the other pieces in the column and row. The characteristic might be the color or shape, but cannot be both. You get points for all the other pieces in the column and or row you placed your piece in (bonus points for finishing a row of 6 pieces).

Number of Players 2-4
Age 6+
Time 45 mins
Friendly ★★☆☆☆
Teachable ★★★☆☆
Replayability ★★★☆☆
Creative Freedom ★★☆☆☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★☆☆
Interaction ★★★★☆

There are a few variations of Qwirkle (using cards or cubes) and many more games with a similar concept. Iota is a little more difficult and Ingenious is a little simpler.

Teaching Advice: before everyone draws tiles, set up a couple scenarios to explain how to play and how to score. It’s best to show tile placements that are correct and incorrect

Link to Video Tutorial .

Link to Qwirkle on Amazon.

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