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Gigamic Quarto Classic Game

4.8 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews

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  • Award-winning abstract strategy game
  • Attractive wooden components suitable for display
  • For 2 Players
  • Ages 6 and up
  • 20 minutes play time
  • Popular game of deductive reasoning
  • Includes 16 wood playing pieces, wood game board, fabric bag and instructions
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Product Description

Quarto is an outstanding game of deductive reasoning. Line up four pieces which have something in common. The catch: your opponent chooses the pieces you get to play. The rules are easy to understand, but the challenge is infinite. Quarto is a worldwide award winner for its original gameplay concept and an attractive display which identifies a truly sophisticated game player.

From the Manufacturer

Recognized as one of the top games of the past 30 years, Quarto is an outstanding game of deductive reasoning. It includes 4 x 4 game board and 16 pieces. Each piece has four attributes: color, height, shape and consistency. So each piece is black or white, tall or short, square or round, and hollow or solid. The object is to place the fourth piece in a row where all four pieces have at least one attribute in common.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.2 x 11 x 11 inches
Item Weight 4.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B0019O198I
Item model number 5201
Manufacturer recommended age 6 - 15 years
Best Sellers Rank #14,315 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#618 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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4.8 out of 5 stars 138 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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By Douglas Swiggum on August 4, 2000
Who would have thought that a game with such simple rules could be so fascinating to play? This game is satisfying for all levels of players -- from little tykes to brain-heavy mathematicians. When you find an opponent who is about as careful or alert as yourself, you will be surprised how addictive this game can be. "OK, just one more game..."

Not only is this game mentally stimulating and fun, but it is very attractive and well made. The size and finish of the wooden pieces make it something you will want to leave out for guests to notice. Perhaps they will ask you what it is, so that you can teach them the game!

This would make an excellent gift.

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I wrote this review in the year 2000, and at that time, I had only the experience of playing the game at a friend's house. Many years later, I purchased one for myself, and was disappointed with the reduction of quality. The original pieces were probably made with maple, and were tooled and finished with a high degree of craftsmanship. I think they also had felt bottoms, which is a nice way to ensure that you place the piece right-side-up. The set that I ordered had pieces made of some cheaper softer wood, and the finish was rough and uneven. A clever player can now cheat by placing a "hollow" piece upside-down to conceal the fact that there
were no solid pieces left to play. That is, no felt bottoms.

I still love the game, but am tempted to throw away the pieces and turn out some of my own in by basement workshop.

April, 2010
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This game is very easy to learn. Each of the 16 playing pieces has 4 attributes, height (tall & short), color (white and brown), shape (circle & square), and hollow/solid.

The goal is to get 4 of the same attributes in a row (for example, you could have 1 tall white circle, 1 short white circle, 1 tall brown circle, and 1 short brown circle in a row, and that would be a winning set because they are all circles, even though they vary with respect to the other attributes).

The catch is that your opponent picks the piece you have to place on the game board.

This game is similar to SET, in that you are trying to make winning patterns across several attributes. It is different because you are also trying to block your opponent from making winning patterns.

I do wish this game were less expensive so that more people can enjoy it. Not everyone can drop $30 for a game. It is a beautifully made wooden game, but it would be just as much fun if it were made of something inexpensive and priced under $10.

Nevertheless it is a game worth owning. And, for trivia buffs, this game was futuristic enough to appear in an episode of Star Trek Voyager :)
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Quarto will remind you of Tic Tac Toe, until you actually play it. Like Tic Tac Toe, you're trying to get all your pieces in a row. And that's about it, Tic Tac Toe-wise.

There are 16 pieces. Eight blond pieces and eight dark pieces. But if you look a little closer, you'll notice that each piece is different. Nobody's a "color." Each has an attribute (size, color, shape, hollowness) that it shares with three other pieces. So your tall square blond solid piece is like the tall round dark piece that has a hole in it, because they are tall.

Your object is to add the piece that completes a row, column or diagonal of 4 pieces, all of which have the same attribute. Not necessarily all blond pieces or all short pieces, and certainly not all "your" pieces. Maybe all round pieces or all solid pieces. Or all pieces with a hole.

So things are not, as they say, merely black or white. To win, you have to continually change what attribute your looking for. Much more like life, strategically-speaking.

And then there's one more intriguingly life-like rule you should know about: You decide what piece your opponent will play next. Really. That's what you do. When your turn is over, you hand the piece of your choice to your opponent. And now that we're speaking about strategy, suddenly everything becomes much more subtle, even more interesting. Because you're trying everso hard to give your opponent the very piece she really wouldn't want. A piece, in fact, that might very well be the one piece that will make you win.

It's a unique concept in the world of strategy games - and uniquely welcome. Because you have to think even more closely about what your opponent might be thinking.
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Quarto has given our family of 5 (kids ages 13, 11, 7) hours of great play time. It is challenging enough for a Mensa adult and easy enough for our 7-year old to play. Besides warranting all the awards it has received, it looks lovely enough to keep out as an "art" piece in the livingroom... thus luring erstwhile TV viewers. The company that makes this also makes other games that are just as fun and attractive. I considered giving it a 4 for educational value because it doesn't go much farther than develop conceptual thinking/outside-the-box skills (a feat in itself). Scrabble might be more "educational." But in its category, it's a definite 5.
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