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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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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.Read more ›
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.
|Length: 3:11 Mins|
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.
+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
-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.
For a relatively expensive game, the board version is not well made. The playing tiles are lightweight and do not stay in place, either on the rack or on the board. The scoring pegs stick in the cards. Since most moves involve scoring two colors, the scoring process quickly becomes discouraging, distracting from the actual play. What should have been a great game becomes tedious.
We didn't even finish the first game, and nobody wanted to try again. For those interested in this type of game, we recommend Blokus or Othello.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this for my Engineer Father. He likes that it can be a one player or multi player. Recommended for those that love Dominoes and are looking for a new twist!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I originally put this game on my wish list because of Reiner Knizia's reputation as a game designer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Foster
This is a very elegant little game. Its rules are few and very simple, and so it's easy to teach and play. But the game has a fair amount of depth to it, and good replay value. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johnny McGuy
I fell in love with this game at a friend's house. A game that works well as a two-player game is hard to find, but this one fits the bill. Read morePublished 6 months ago by syncopation
The rules are few, the pieces are colorful, and the game is easy to play.
The cool part is that that game board has different boundaries depending on how many people... Read more
Great game! The pegboard player cards really make this version of the game easier to play than the one with the wooden cubes. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stephanie
Gave for a gift, once opened we have played and played, from age 7 up with no problems. Instructions a little difficult at first, but once you play it goes great.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best games EVER! Quality board and plastic tiles will last a long time--gameplay is easy to learn, but never gets old--our family LVOES it!Published 11 months ago by JDC