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Gigamic Quarto Classic Game
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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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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.
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.
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 :)
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun game. Kind of a cross between chess and checkers. There are so many combinations, I lost every game to the experienced grandson. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by george
Grab a glass of wine or a special brownie or smoke and indulge in a ridiculously easy to learn but fun, challenging, low key game with your beloved or bestie. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kiki Gee
All in my family really, really enjoyed this game and would highly recommend it.Published 29 days ago by oZ
I was introduced to this game and ordered it the same night. Very easy to learn. Very hard to master. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Smith
This is a really fun strategy game. I was torn between ordering this or Quoridor, but based on other's reviews I ordered Quarto, and am very glad I did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by cuteztv15