Qwirkle Board Game

Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, but this game also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy.Earn points by building rows and columns of blocks that share a common shape or color. Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes. Theplayer with the most points wins! 108 wooden blocks. 2 to 4 players, ages 6 and up.

An addictive strategy game in the tradition of Sequence, Scrabble, and Othello, the Qwirkle Board Game from MindWare has a simple, straightforward premise: match tiles and win points. But the real joy of the game lies in plotting and scheming your way to victory. Winner of the Parent’s Choice Gold Award and a Mensa Select National Competition Winner, Qwirkle is destined to be a family game night favorite. This game is designed for ages six and up and for two to four players.

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Board Game Ages: Six and up Players: Two to four At a Glance: A fun twist on Scrabble and matching games Players strategize to make matches and earn points Comes with 108 wooden tiles Winner of Parent’s Choice Gold Award and Mensa National Competition Includes drawstring bag for tile storage and instructions Mindware Qwirkle Board Game Mindware Qwirkle Board Game This award-winning strategy game is easy to learn. View larger. Mindware Qwirkle Board Game Match colors and shapes in this enthralling strategy game. View larger. Mix, Match, Score, and Win

Qwirkle consists of 108 wooden blocks with six different shapes in six colors. Using the blocks, players attempt to score the most points by building lines that share the same shape or color. The simple setup makes this an instant winner for younger kids, while adults will enjoy strategizing to win.

How to Play

A typical game of Qwirkle lasts about 45 minutes–longer when you’re first learning how to play–and players will likely catch on to the rules in no time at all. The game can be set up anywhere, although a large tabletop is best to accommodate the generous number of tiles. The only other thing you’ll need is a pencil and paper to keep track of everyone’s point count.

Each tile has an illustration on the back (circle, eight-point star, four-point star, square, clover, or diamond). Each of these symbols appears in six different colors (red, yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple). In total, the game has three tiles each of the 36 possible color-symbol combinations. To help make sure you don’t lose any tiles in between games, Qwirkle comes with a drawstring storage pouch.

Straightforward, Easy-to-Follow Rules

As in Scrabble, the game starts with players drawing their own “hand” of six tiles. The player with the most tiles that share something in common (color or symbol) plays their pieces and wins points. And so it goes until the pieces make up a giant grid. One rule adults will likely need to reiterate to little ones is that duplicate tiles don’t count. For instance, if someone has three diamonds, and two of them are green, they can only count one of those diamonds for points.

As play continues and the stakes get higher, younger kids may need some help deciding where to build to maximize their points. Our testers found that the length of the game may make younger kids squirmy halfway through. To keep them engaged, parents can always distribute half the number of tiles to start. The game is over when all the tiles have been played and all the points have been tallied.

What’s in the Box

108 wooden tiles, cloth drawstring bag, and instruction booklet.

Product Features

  • 10.75 in L x 10.75 in W x 2.85 in H
  • Mindware’s Best-Selling Game of All Time

2 Comments

  • Clayne B. Robison "fullquiver" says:

    Love it for all ages 0

  • Candy Chamberlin says:

    So happy to find this game I was trying to find a game to play with a client who has dementia and ran across this in an article. After I bought it I tested it out with my kids (25, 24, 19 and 11) and myself (47). We had so much fun!! It is one of those games that can be played at different levels. We started getting quite inventive on where and when to play to maximize our points and block our opponents.I then played with my client. She and I did not keep score. We just made the chains with either shapes or colors and added wherever she first recognized a play. No trying to strategize where to build for future etc. We also played with both of our tiles up so we could talk about the best places to play. She likes this game and actually remembers having played before and wants to play again. The ‘rules’ have to be re-learned but the fun remains.For one more note, we had a group of my daughters friends over and four of us played Quirkle. They were all 19 – 22. That got pretty…

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