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- Age range: 8 and up / Number of players: 2 to 5 / Play time: 30 to 40 minutes
- Manufacturer: FRED Distribution
- 1 board, 140 tiles, 5 tile racks, rules
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This is one of those games that is a cinch to learn and very difficult to play well. Think of the board as looking like a Sudoku board, 9 spaces tall and 9 spaces wide. The columns are listed by number 1- 9, the rows by letter A - I. Each 3x3 square is illustrated with a different figure. each player has 28 tiles: the 9 letters, the 9 numbers, the 9 illustrations, and "$" -- a wild card.
During your turn, you must place one of your 5 face-up tiles on the board. Each space can take one of 4 different tiles: the letter of its row, the number of its column, the illustration, or the wild card. The goal is to group your tiles into "islands" that connect side-to-side (not diagonally). You may replace an opponent's tile with one of your own with the one stipulation that it doesn't break up one of their islands into two (or more). This happens more often than you'd expect. The winner is the player with the fewest islands at game end; ties are broken by the fewest captured tiles.
There has been a rule change that came out with the re-release of the game (under the name "Blockers" with less artistic illustrations and plastic instead of cardboard). Winner is the player with the lowest sum of their islands PLUS the number of tiles of the one color you've taken the most of. (If you have 2 islands and have taken 3 red tiles, 4 yellow tiles and 1 green tile, your score is 2 + 4, or 6.) Ties are broken by the fewest total tiles (3 + 4 + 1, or 8).
This change creates an entirely new game. There is much less incentive to take an opponent's piece to maintain a single island. And there is now a reason to balance your captures amongst all your opponents.Read more ›
This is a pretty simple game to explain and can take up to five players. The board kind of reminds me of Sudoku, a 9x9 board.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic game! I love it, my parents love it, even my grandma enjoyed it and found it easy to pick up the rules.Published 17 months ago by Janet L Ruppert
I've played this game with roommates who sport swag and watch basketball, engineering classmates, strangers from the internet, and past girlfriends, and they all enjoyed it. Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Beta