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Gigamic Pylos Classic Game

by Gigamic

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  • 11" x 11" x 2.5"
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 11.2 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 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: B00001NTXM
  • Item model number: 724
  • Our recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,898 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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This award-winning game is ideal for competitive strategy players as they compete to place their last ball at the very top of the pyramid. Skillful moves and 4 levels of play test a player's ability at vertical thinking and strength of friendship! 2 players. Includes 1 board, 30 wooden spheres & instructions. Ages 8+. Winner, Games Magazine "Best Strategy Game", 1994 and 1995; Mensa Select Top 5 Best Games, 1994.

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With just four rules, this simple but elegant game from France's legendary Gigamic is easy to learn, and each full game of Pylos takes only 10 or 20 minutes to complete. But its simplicity is deceptive. The game--recognized by Games Magazine's Top 100, Mensa's Top Five Best Games, the Parents' Choice Gold Awards, and France's Oscar du Jouet and As d'Or--falls into that "minutes to learn, a lifetime to master" family of games, like chess or Go. Players stack 1-inch-wide wooden balls (light and dark) on a 9-by-9-inch board to form a pyramid, and whoever places the top ball wins. But clever rules concerning moving and removing the balls will have you second-guessing and thinking ahead to formulate the perfect strategy. --Paul Hughes

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Pylos is also a Great mind game for our Kids.
Games from Everywhere
One of our favorite family games - easy enough for pretty young kids, but the strategy is complex enough to keep adults challenged.
Emily Hall
This is a good thinking game that takes a fairly short time to play.
A. Richards

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Frank Lynch on September 21, 2001
The premise of this game is simple: you and your opponent each have 15 spheres, and you are working to build a pyramid together, one move at a time. To win, you want your opponent to use his/her spheres before you use yours, so that you can place the last sphere on the top.
But rather than just continually taking from your reserve of spheres, you want to make moves that either allow you to move a sphere from one place on the board to another, or another move that actually lets you take one or two spheres back. At the same time, you don't want to let your opponent have these openings.
(A sphere can be moved within the board if it goes 'upstairs', that is, on top of the center of a 2x2 of spheres. You can take one or two of your spheres back when you make a 2x2 where all four spheres are your own color. You could almost imagine yourself using similar strategies as you use when playing the 'box' game on paper. As you avoid some situations, you will find yourself trying to put your opponent in dilemmas where whatever they do will leave you an opening.)
So the principles are easy. However, I also think that the game situations are somewhat limited as a result, and while this is a great way to spend 10-20 minutes, it won't be as interesting as other games.
This is a very good game for children who are good at seeing visual relationships; I would expect that any child that enjoys Othello will also enjoy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tchermommy on December 29, 2013
Pylos is a great strategy game for all ages. Try to place your sphere at the top of the pyramid! Sounds easy until you realize there are other basic rules the might mess up your strategy! You can remove 2 of your spheres if you are able to make a square of 4 of your spheres or you are able to place 4 in a row. Why would you want to remove spheres? Well, that means your opponent has to put more on the base so that YOU can end up on the 2nd level, closer to the top!

I would recommend this for family and classroom play. In a classroom, this woud be perfect for indoor recess since it can be played quickly. It is also a great game for math class - logic, strategy and reasoning all in one!
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By Jessica on January 24, 2013
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Great game, easy to learn the basic rules but changing strategies make it still fun after play after many, many times. Would absolutely recommend this game!
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I got this game for Christmas for my 17 year old brother. The whole family was able to enjoy it. It's simple to learn the rules but it's a game of thought and strategy.
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All of Gigamic's Board Games seem to be of the best quality. Like Quoridor and Quatro, Pylos has very simple rules. In this case, all you have to do is build a pyramid, be the last to place the final piece - and you win. Sounds simple, but the strategy is magic.

The strategy comes in even as the first few pieces are placed on the board; if you can get a "square" formed (4 balls of your color adjacent to each other on the same level), you can remove any 1 or 2 of your pieces (that don't support other pieces) and put them back in your reserve.

I love the polished wood playing pieces and I think the game is more than just quality coffee table art - though it is that. It really is an enjoyable board game and one that can be played again and again without becoming tedious. Pylos is also a Great mind game for our Kids. I suspect that explains the Mensa Select Awards it has won.

As one other reviewer of Pylos said, "The lamb chops were tender and flavoured very well." ... but I think they were talking about a New York restaurant of the same name.
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I bought this game because I love Gigamic's Quoridor game. Although it is less thought-intensive than Quoridor, it is still a lot of fun. Also, the wooden board and game balls looks great as a display on my desk when I'm not playing the game. Games are quick to play, leading to many "re-matches". Enjoy it, I sure do.
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By Lily on November 6, 2014
This is a similar game to GO, the objective is to make squares using your color-coded pieces. Four balls = a square. The be an extra jerk, I like to yell out "Squares, please", when the only move causes the other person to play in my favor. Fun times all around.
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