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on October 19, 2015
This game is amazing. It has incredible replay value, can be played by children and adults alike (even in the same game), allows for strategy while also leaving the outcome slightly up to luck, and is just plain fun! Our playing style has already started to evolve. We definitely like the travel edition; the pieces are Scrabble sized (consider repurposing a Scrabble board to keep your Qwirkle game neat!) and a convenient pouch is included. I think the only advantage of the regular sized one would be for those with impaired mobility in their hands or vision problems, as the larger pieces would be easier to see and handle.

Qwirkle is sort of like Scrabble with shapes/colors instead of words. You lay down tiles that go together to earn points (1 point per tile). Tiles go together in two ways: either because they match shape or color, and you can't duplicate a shape/color combo in a row (eg: not allowed to play two orange squares in the same adjoining row or column). If you can complete a line of all one color (in each of the 6 shapes) or all one shape (in each of the six colors) you get a Qwirkle, which is worth 12 instead of just 6! You play until all the tiles are gone, and the first person to use all of their tiles gets a bonus 6 points. The person with the highest score wins!
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on February 5, 2017
Much like dominoes only with different colored shapes! Making it easier for the young and very old to play alone or together. And to bring together people who do not speak the same language during travels. Who does not enjoy playing board games and this game doesn't have or require a board.
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on February 21, 2017
Fun little game. I actually bought this to replace the full size set on my shelf because I hated the opening the normal box and this is easier to get on the table as it takes up less room when there is more going on (like drinks and snacks) the strategy is straight forward. It's an abstract game that is simple enough almost anyone can have it figured out in a few minutes. One of my wife's favorites, it finds its way to the table often
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on March 25, 2015
I love the game, but the travel version of the game is not well made. the finish scratches far too easily and they become unreadable. I have purchased two sets, and both were of the same poor quality finish. If I were to buy another set, I'd put a clear coat of lacquer on them before using them. How easy it would be for the manufacturer to do that, and avoid negative feedback? Short sighted short cuts in manufacture for a timeless gem of a game.
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on August 8, 2017
If you never played this game trust me - you'll get hooked. It comes in a larger size but I recommend this one since its easier to store and doesn't take up as much room on the table when you play it. Only issue I found is that the blue and green look alike so you have to play in very strong light to tell them apart (not just me - everyone else has made the same comment when playing.)
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on January 21, 2016
My friend loves this game and thought me and my husband would love it as well, so when we were doing games for stockings, we decided to get it. One thing that I love is that the travel edition is the same (game play wise) as the full sized edition. Also, even with the small tiles the game play can get pretty spread out and I'm not sure how well that would work with significantly larger tiles.

During the game, you keep the tiles on their sides when they're in your "hand" (kind of like dominos) and in this edition, shadows make it difficult to differentiate between some colors (blue/green, orange/red). We also bought the full sized edition for my grandmother and she reported that this is not a problem with that set.

The game itself is okay. We found it dragging at some points, but it is a good background game to play while having a good conversation. Also, keeping score (by tally) can become tedious.
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on December 22, 2016
My son and I love this game! We have the full sized version for when we have company, but we like to bring our game to restaurants with us to play. We do this with many games and it turns an evening that could be everyone staring at their cell phones into a fun, lively time. We pack a folded piece of paper and a small pen right in the convenient bag, and we're good to go. Most restaurant tabletops easily accommodate a full game if you are creative with your food placement, and the pieces are easy to wipe down.

As for the quality of this product for the price, the pieces are all wooden and full color. The bag is not flimsy and it holds up to being squashed in a trunk and a backpack and opened on a plane.

Thank you, MindWare, for your consistently wonderful products.
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on April 20, 2017
Great fun game, excellent for the whole family. Probably best for ages 8 and up. Easy to learn. This is the travel size so the tiles are quite small, but cute little zipper bag is perfect for keeping them safe in. Perfect size to toss in your travel bag to take along on trips in case of a rainy day or a lazy evening.
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on December 3, 2016
Fun Game! My family loves to play it and we played with 5 players just fine. Qwirkle is also a great 2 player game. I bought this set for the RV. I have played with both the full size version and the travel size. I actually prefer the travel size. It is much easier to draw from the sturdy little bag that the travel set comes in than the big floppy sack that comes with the full size set. The smaller tiles take up much less space but are just as nicely made as the larger version and are also made of wood. The travel sized tiles measure 3/4 inch square and are 1/4 inch thick. Players' 6 drawn tiles easily stand up on edge without falling over. I don't know why anyone would prefer the full size set to this one except that maybe it would be a little harder to lose a larger tile???
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on February 24, 2016
This game is super fun, and it is great for adults. I don't have the regular version--just the travel version, which works perfectly for me. The shapes and colors are pleasing (although yeah--it can be difficult to tell some colors apart in some lighting conditions), it's quick to learn the game, and it's easy to become addicted to playing the game. It's simple, but there's strategy as well as luck involved. It is kind of amazing that I have the heart to write a positive review because I got absolutely destroyed by my opponents the last time I played this. The memory of my utter defeat lingers and burns...Next time. I'll get 'em NEXT TIME.
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