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Blokus Duo Game
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- Blokus Duo is the perfect strategy game for two!
- Each new piece must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners!
- For those who can't get enough of Blokus
- The player with least number of squares wins!
- Fun for young and old
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Mattel Blokus Duo Game
Blokus Duo is the perfect strategy game for two. Two players take turns placing pieces of their chosen color on the board. Each new piece must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners. When the board is full, both players count up the squares in their remaining pieces -- the player with least number of squares wins.
- Product Dimensions: 1.73 (L) x 8.11 (W) x 8.03 (H)
- Age: 5 years and up
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|Item Weight||0.85 lb||1.39 lbs||1.84 lbs||1.68 lbs|
|Item Dimensions||1.63 x 8.38 x 8.38 in||1.5 x 10.5 x 10.5 in||13.1 x 13.2 x 2.2 in||1.75 x 12.63 x 14.5 in|
|Are Batteries Required||No||No||No||No|
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If you are new to Blokus and can turn up three other people to play go for the full size. If you are traveling or only have one other person to play against than the two person version is a great way to pass the time.
The shapes are much thinner than the full size game thus the four star quality rating.
Blokus Duo solves a bunch of those problems. To start with, the board is only 14x14 instead of 20x20, so there is a lot less space to play with what appear to be the same number of pieces. As I said, I had been playing a 2-player version of Classic Blokus on a reduced 16x16 grid, so 14x14 makes it far more challenging. Also, having a real-grid with no "ignore" region makes the game much more fun.
Second, instead of starting in the corners, you start near the middle. Conflict starts almost immediately between the players. I found that strategy in Blokus Duo is much different than Classic Blokus, despite the nearly identical rules. In Classic Blokus, I almost always use up all my pieces (yeah, I'm that good). In Blokus Duo, I often find I'm just trying to have the fewest squares left as "going out" is very difficult.
In terms of quality, the game board is about the same gray plastic as the full Blokus gameboard. I greatly appreciate that they used 2 brand-new colors (orange and purple) instead of just copying 2 colors (blue, green, yellow, red) from the 4-player Classic Blokus game. With a house full of kids, I like that if I find a lost piece somewhere, I know which game it should go to. Also, the Blokus Duo pieces seem a little "beefier" than the Classic Blokus pieces. Same size, but heavier plastic. They make less of a satisfying "clink" sound together, but also feel stronger.
I imagine Blokus Duo would also travel a bit better, but it is not a "travel" game because the storage of the pieces is still in small plastic bags in the main cardboard box. In my mind, travel games require a clever way of storing all the pieces in a way that can be put into luggage, whereas Blokus Duo cannot.
If you are a fan of Classic Blokus, buying this game is really a no-brainer. It's a fun twist and best way for just 2 players to have fun.
By contrast, this game can be played just fine by young children in my experience. It is highly visual, and the only concepts that really need to be learned to get going are what sides and corners are, and turn taking in board games in general. I watched my seven year old teach my three year old to play Blokus Duo in several minutes (after the three year old dragged it out of the games closet asking to play), and the experience made me resolve to let others know not to take the manufacturer's suggested age too seriously.
Don't get me wrong, this game certainly has some strategic depth and is not just for children. It is that depth, plus the extreme ease of learning the few rules and its highly visual nature, that make it such an excellent choice for an early strategy game for young children.
In general, I actually prefer this to the other Blokuses. It's easier to find one person to play than several; the mechanics of the square Blokuses make it much nicer to play than Trigon, in my opinion; and playing with three players on the original four-player board is awkward.