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Deluxe Blokus Game
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Not Your Average Board Game
Blokus encourages creative thinking and has received a Mensa award for promoting healthy brain activity. The goal of this game is for players to fit all of their pieces onto the board. When placing a piece it may not lie adjacent to the player's other pieces, but must be placed touching at least one corner of their pieces already on the board. The player who gets rid of all of their tiles first is the winner and strategic thinking helps as you block moves from your opponent. Blokus sometimes comes to an end because there are no more possible moves.
Multiple Games in One
Four players make this abstract game especially fast and exciting; however, it can be just as fun for two or three players. Blokus has come up with a number of different ways to play the game to make it more thrilling when playing with less than four players. Draft Blokus allows a player to use more than one color and Reverse Blokus reverses the entire game so that the person who places the least amount of tiles on the board is the winner. It can even be played in a solitaire version when one player attempts to place all of their pieces in a single sitting.
Blokus is simple to understand, but the game's complexity is revealed shortly after everyone begins to play. It can be addictive, even for those not normally into abstract games. Blokus is a catalyst for spatial thinking, as players form images in their mind before placing the pieces on the board. Children and adults can play together for hours of competitive family fun. As Europe's 2003 Game of the Year, Blokus is adored by many and even played in professional tournaments.
What's in the Box?
Includes 84 total pieces, gameboard and instructions.
- Deluxe Blokus includes a raised, larger playing board for durable play
- Deluxe Blokus includes larger playing pieces, great for younger players
- Deluxe Bolkus playing board measures 12x12x1 inches
- 21 pieces per player, of all different shapes
- A strategy game for the whole family
Top Customer Reviews
Unlike most educational games, the rules are simple and once you've played it through one time (or watched it through one time) all your effort can go into plotting your moves. The game doesn't run out of possibilities, either; every game is different, even if you play with the same people over and over.
As an educator, parent, and game enthusiast, this was money well spent.
Don't get upset though. There is a way to make it fun for 2 and 3 players. The creators didn't think hard enough; but you can easily mod the board, and all you need is a thin permanent marker (like Sharpie).
The general idea is to reduce the number of squares on the board so that players would run out of board space before they run out of pieces on hand.
So you take a marker, and you draw a line one square away from each of the four edges so that the 20x20 board becomes an 18x18 board. This is your 3-player board. When in 3-player, players are not allowed to place their pieces in the 1-square frame you just drew.
For 2 players, make another frame, this time 1 square away from the already reduced 3-player board. So you end up with a 16x16 board that is perfect for 2-player. Believe it or not, you can still get a tie on this board, but very rarely, and both players need to be quite creative and need some luck to get to a tie.
Another 2-player variation is that each player plays for 2 of the 4 colors (for example, player 1 for green and red, and player 2 for yellow and blue). Players still take turns and lay down one piece at a time, but you choose which of the 2 colors to play with when it's your turn. This 2x2 game is quite hard. Every time I play this variation it makes me feel my brain is about to explode (because there are too many choices and you only have one turn at a time!). I recommend trying this variation when both players already have enough experience with the regular game.
It also gets the brain working in non-traditional ways. You have to look at the grid in unique ways. The pieces aren't lined up in rows and columns like most games. You connect pieces by the corners. So sometimes you can connect a piece in an area that looks like it is totally bocked by your opponent.
And of course there is the strategy... I still haven't decided which is the best piece to start off with.
The game also takes a nice length of time, not too long and not too short.
Blokus is a board game onto which tiles of different shapes made up of squares, or units, not unlike the shapes seen in the famous computer game called Tetris. The shapes come in four groups and identified by a different color: red, green, yellow, and blue. Each player starts at a corner and places a shape. A shape can only touch the corner edge of another shape of the same color. Each player places a shape in this fashion until all the shapes are finished, or it is impossible to place another shape. Players do their best to prevent their opponent(s) to place any more of their shapes, while attempting to place all of their pieces.
The game between two people takes approximately 20 minutes and decisions made early on bear fruition later in the game to many surprises and challenges.
Player with the least amount of units not used is the winner.
The colored shapes on the board create interesting mosaics and even have artistic appeal as well as mental gymnastics.
This is a very clever game and I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun game for kids and adults. Gets the mind thinking a couple moves ahead.Published 6 days ago by jillian a gallagher
This came in a timely fashion in great condition! By the looks of it you may think it is a game only for kids... but that is incorrect. Read morePublished 11 days ago by becca
Deluxe version much better than regular! A great hit with the kids and adults! Deceptively simple yet relies heavily on strategy and pre-planning a couple moves ahead. Read morePublished 13 days ago by C. Chan