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Qwirkle

Qwirkle

Spring 2007 Games
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $24.95
Review:
Handsome to look at, easy to learn and filled with strategic opportunities to take (or beware of if they're played by opponents). Each of 108 black wooden tiles shows one of six shapes in one of six vivid colors. The goal is to earn points by skillful placement of tiles. At the start of the game all tiles are turned face down. Each of 2 to 4 players has six blocks with which to do one of three things at each turn: add one block, add two or more blocks that match either the color or shape of the row or column you are adding to, or trade some blocks for different ones from the draw pile. Players score one point for every tile already in the row or column, as well as for each one they add. At the end of each turn, players take enough tiles to bring the count back to six. The first player to use all her blocks gets a six-point bonus. This ends the game and the player with the highest score wins. But all the players can enjoy the beautiful pattern of colors and shapes that now spreads across the playing field. Although designed for ages 6 and up, those who were over 8 liked it more, played it longer and preferred playing with four players rather than a smaller number.
Ruth B. Roufberg   ©2007 Parents' Choice


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