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Ingenious

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  • A challenging game of wits
  • Designed by the legendary Reiner Knizia
  • For Ages: 10+
  • Number of Players: - 4
  • Playing Time: 45 min
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  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 11.8 x 11.8 inches ; 3.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: 158994223X
  • Item model number: KN13
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,679 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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Ingenious is the new abstract placement game from internationally-renowned game designer Reiner Knizia. Players place colored tiles on the hexagonal board, scoring points, blocking opponents' tile placement, and trying to protect themselves from being blocked by their opponents. Marvelously elegant and compulsively replayable, Ingenious is an excellent introduction to German-style abstract board games. It's ingeniously simple, and simply ingenious! Ingenious is suitable for up to four players, as well as for solo play.

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Ingenious is the new abstract placement game from internationally-renowned game designer Reiner Knizia. Players place colored tiles on the hexagonal board, scoring points, blocking opponents' tile placement, and trying to protect themselves from being blocked by their opponents. Marvelously elegant and compulsively replayable, Ingenious is an excellent introduction to German-style abstract board games. It's ingeniously simple, and simply ingenious!

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This is a very easy game to learn.
QMegz
Ingenious has just enough strategy to have you scampering to win, and just enough random luck to make it unpredictable.
Wisconsin Dad
This is a game that kids can play as well as adults and both would enjoy it.
A. Palmer

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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Wisconsin Dad on July 30, 2005
After playing and enjoying Lost Cities by game designer Reiner Knizia, I decided to stop by our local game store and check out Ingenious. Last night my wife and I played it for the first time, and as with Lost Cities, we loved it.

Immediately after playing we wanted to play again. There is no doubt in my mind that we will not tire of the game. The common quality that Lost Cities and Ingenious share are the "addiction" factor; both games will have you saying "let's play again" over and over again at the expense of sleep. I don't believe a greater compliment can be said about a game than this.

Ingenious is incredibly easy to learn, and takes less than 1 minute after setting the game up for you to begin playing. Game play consists of playing hexagonal chips of 6 different colors on a board in turn-based play. The chips are like hexagonal dominoes, have 2 hexes connected, and each hex containing a different color. Once no chips can be placed upon the board, the game is over. The player who has the lowest amount of points for any of the 6 colors loses. Game strategy requires that you score points for each color, and this requires concentration and strategy.

Understand that Ingenious is not a strategy game that will leave you frustrated, overwhelmed and weary. No, ingenious is not like that. Ingenious has just enough strategy to have you scampering to win, and just enough random luck to make it unpredictable. And my favorite part of Ingenious? All players know that when the board is full, the game is over. There is an end in sight, and just like Lost Cities, you play against yourself just as much as you play against your opponent. Your strategies can kill you, or leave you the victor.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By M. Phillips on March 7, 2007
I went to a well-attended game night (20+ people) where the majority of people were playing the mainstream games that I love: Scrabble, Taboo, Cranium. However, one one of the attendees, a math professor, brought the game Ingenuous with her. Although the game didn't look that fun, a few of us decided we would give it a try because she really wanted to play. Well, it turns out that it is a fantastic game with a lot of strategy. The endgame, it turns out, is VERY important; strategizing how one will approach the endgame becomes very important about half-way through the game, as one sees how the board is starting to take shape.

I liken it to Pente and Go: the rules are simple, but strategy is key to winning.

The game became a hit at the party with people that loved strategy, and was played in 3- and 4-person format all night long.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maria Smith on March 20, 2009
We decided to buy "Ingenious" after the Christmas holidays. My sister's family had received Ingenious for Christmas and we played the game everyday during the Holiday week. Everyone from Grandma (82 years old) to our youngest (5 years old) loved playing the game. It keeps everyone thinking, "What position can I place my tile to gain the most points?", through out the entire game.

The only drawback is that the tiles do not stay in place very well. Maybe if there were some indentations on the gameboard to keep the tiles in place, that would make it even more appealing. I know my husband became very impatient because of that and refuses to play. Otherwise the kids love the game. When the neighborhood kids come over for play time outside and the kids are "BORED", I take "Ingenious" outside for them and they have a great time playing in teams. I have found that it is great for them to play, it encourages team work, cooperation, strategy building and brain storming within each team. Like I said, We love this game.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Dewey TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2012
Length: 3:11 Mins
I really liked this game. It's a fun matching game that's a lot like Qwirkle or Set. But you only have to match the one attribute of color (each color has only one shape attached to it).

There's actually a lot of strategy to the game, and I like that the beginning, middle, and end of the game all have different strategies. This dynamic happens because of the limited shape of the board.

The scoring is really interesting, too. Watch the video for a little bit of information on how to score. The longer a line of colors that your tile makes on the board, the more points that you make. You get a different score for making lines with each color, and only your lowest color score counts. So, you have to watch and balance points on all of your colors. I thought this made for a lot of interesting strategy.

Pros:
+Since you can play anywhere on the board, and there are no really bad moves, as long as one person knows how to play then you can teach someone to play instantly
+A lot of strategy to the game
+I really like hexagonal games
+Fun scoring mechanism.
+You use progressively larger parts of the board for 2, 3, and 4 players

Cons:
-For a deluxe boxed game, it's really just a board, some score sheets, and a big bag of tiles.
-This game isn't totally original, but it is really fun.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Noteworthy on September 23, 2007
I decided to purchase this board game for my parents who are senior citizens (in their early to mid 70s). I was looking for a new activity that would be fun and could help keep their minds sharp. "Ingenious" definitely fits the bill: it's proving to be both fun and challenging. At first, translating the instructions into actual play was a little tricky. But by the second reading, things started coming together and games were quickly under way. This game challenges your reasoning skills, spatial orientation, and ability to strategize and think ahead. And true to some of the reviews I had read prior to my purchase, it does have a certain addictive quality to it; simply stated, it's fun to play!
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