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- TACTICAL STRATEGY: Featuring a massive amount of in game choices, including three tiles each of thirty six possible color symbol combinations, Qwirkle is the perfect game to hone player's tactical maneuvers, strategical planning, and forward thinking. Will you see the monolithic move that catapults you into first place?
- EASY TO FOLLOW RULES: An engaging game with easy to follow rules, Qwirkle is great for younger players. The rules of the game are basic: Simply build lines by matching tiles based on either color or shape, and score points for doing so. However, the ability to build complex combinations will keep children interested and engaged, and challenge them mentally
- GAMES THAT TEACH: Qwirkle is playable from early ages up, allowing young children and older individuals alike to develop and hone their spacial recognition, planning, and problem solving skills. Plan, win, and learn simultaneously
- FAMILY FAVORITE: Qwirkle is a fantastic game for families, as it can involve a wide range of ages, from children to adults. It only takes a few moments to explain, so new players such as extended family or your child's play dates can jump right in and play
- INCLUDES: Product comes with 108 wooden Qwirkle tiles, 1 drawstring bag, 1 rule book
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Qwirkle is MindWare’s must-have game and it is easy to see why! Simple to learn, yet strategic and exciting to play, Qwirkle is a favorite of all ages. Build lines of tiles that are all the same color or shape, with no duplicates. Score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes. Score even bigger by matching all 6 attributes and creating a Qwirkle!
Qwirkle is a must-have!
Qwirkle is a must-have for your next family game night. Qwirkle is a simple game of matching colors and shapes that requires tactical maneuvers, quick-thinking and a well-planned strategy.
Look for opportunities to score big by placing a tile that touches multiple pieces with matching attributes; create a line of all six in a row, and you score a "Qwirkle".
High quality wood tiles
Durable wooden tiles in bright bold colors make matching colors and shapes easy for all ages. Store tiles in canvas drawstring bag.
Qwirkle combines the game play of Dominoes and Scrabble and is the perfect combination of skill and chance! This easy-to-learn, yet challenging game for children and adults will have all generations on the edge of their seat!
Ages 6 and up
Fun play for ages 6 and up. Play with 2 to 4 players. Families enjoy the competition and learn along the way. Qwirkle enhances many skills for young and old alike including color recognition, shape recognition, math strategy and problem solving.
Award winning game!
With over 3 million copies sold, Qwirkle has won numerous awards. Some awards include:
Major Fun Award
Mensa Select Award
National Parenting Center's Seal of Approval
Parents' Choice Gold Award
Spiel des Jahres Award
108 wood tiles
Remember to look for the MindWare Brainy Toy logo to ensure you receive an authentic Qwirkle!
How to Play
A typical game of Qwirkle lasts about 45 minutes--longer when you're first learning how to play--and players will likely catch on to the rules in no time at all. The game can be set up anywhere, although a large tabletop is best to accommodate the generous number of tiles. The only other thing you'll need is a pencil and paper to keep track of everyone's point count. Each tile has an illustration on the back (circle, eight-point star, four-point star, square, clover, or diamond). Each of these symbols appears in six different colors (red, yellow, orange, green, blue, and purple). In total, the game has three tiles each of the 36 possible color-symbol combinations. To help make sure you don't lose any tiles in between games, Qwirkle comes with a drawstring storage pouch which is also used during game play.
Straightforward, Easy-to-Follow Rules
As in Scrabble, the game starts with players drawing their own "hand" of six tiles. The player with the most tiles that share something in common (color or symbol) plays their pieces and wins points. And so it goes until the pieces make up a giant grid. One rule adults will likely need to reiterate to little ones is that duplicate tiles aren't allowed. For instance, if someone has three diamonds, and two of them are green, they can only play one of those green diamonds on a turn. As play continues and the stakes get higher, younger kids may need some help deciding where to build to maximize their points. To keep younger childfren engaged, parents can distribute half the number of tiles to start. The game is over when all the tiles have been played and all the points have been tallied.
Qwirkle Cubes combines favorite Qwirkle game play with the added excitement found in dice-rolling games. Players can roll their cubes for a chance to get the colors and shapes they want to score more points. Complete a line of 6 tiles with no duplicate attributes to score a “Qwirkle!”
Qwirkle fans asking for tile racks will love the Qwirkle Bonus Pack! 4 racks display and organize each player’s hand of tiles during play. The pack also includes a score pad and colorful Qwirkle pencil to tally points.
Qwirkle Rummy is the fun family card game based on MindWare’s award-winning game! Players create sets of cards by matching suits or colors and laying them face up on the table. Any player can add to any set or switch cards in the sets but the real payoff happens when a set of all 6 shapes or colors is completed and a Qwirkle is scored. A little bit of strategy and a little bit of luck is all it takes — as long as you keep your eyes on the cards and your mind in the game!
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Enter Qwirkle! This game relies on such a simple concept of matching colors and shapes that it would be easy to dismiss this as something childish, certainly beneath that of any respectable gamer. But that is the beauty of it. It dumps the polarizing themes that tend to put newcomers off and the rules are so straightforward that the game can be explained in just a few sentences. What little confusion one might have is usually resolved within a couple of turns and suddenly a world of strategy begins to unfold as you subtly try to mislead, block, and steal combinations from the clutches of your beloved opponents. It is truly a wonderful tool for family bonding and better still, it serves as a gateway game to pull loved ones into the world of table top games.
That was my fiendish plan all along and the reason I even bought this game to begin with. With little effort, I was able to coax my niece, dad and step mom to give it a try. The result was a super fun evening of laughter and surprisingly stiff competition. I narrowly secured a victory with my last move and that alone is a testament to the excellent game design. The game was so captivating and easy to learn that there was virtually no handicap for newcomers. If you would like to dip your toes into board games or perhaps coerce a particularly resistant individual to give them a try, I cannot recommend Qwirkle enough.
First, the box is much bigger. It also has different labeling on the front. Most importantly, it seems to be made by different companies. The original smaller box (missing instructions & pouch) is made by Smart Elephant, where the new larger one is made by MindWare. There are also a few other differences in the front. The backs are completely different. I won't detail each difference, but I will post pics showing the differences.
After seeing the pouch and instructions, I don't see how the Smart Elephant version *could* contain the pouch alone, not to mention the pouch *and* instructions. The tiles are such a snug fit in the box, it would have to bulge in order for the folded pouch -- and particularly the draw-strings -- to fit.
And this is even though the bottom-front cover of the Smart Elephant box clearly states "Instructions Included", and the back also lists "1 bag" and "1 instruction booklet" in the list of components. So I'm not sure if this is a counterfeit or if it's just poor production.
Regardless, if you don't get the MindWare version, you should probably contact Amazon for a replacement. If anyone has the Smart Elephant version and it contains the instructions and pouch, please post in the comments.
As for the game itself, I think it's great. It's sort of a mix between Scrabble and Uno, where you have 6 sets of shapes and 6 sets of colors (36 total unique tiles x 3 of each tile = 108 total tiles). When you place a tile, it has to match *either* the shape *or* the color of the set of all adjacent tiles.
You score a point for each tile in any set(s) you create/extend (similar to scoring in Scrabble), plus a bonus 6 tiles for any sets (of 6 colors or shapes) you complete. The set you're creating/extending cannot contain two of the same shape (for a color set) or two of the same color (for a shape set) -- each set has to be made up of 6 or less unique tiles of the same color or shape.
Regarding age, the game is rated for six and up, though it could probably be played by an even younger audience. Of course, younger players may not be able to use strategy to the same level older players can, but most will still be able to have a good time. Our six-year-old actually was able to pull off some pretty clever moves against us (beating the three of us in the end), but at other times, he struggles.
The other thing to take into account is the level of patience some younger players may need while everyone else is trying to figure out their move. It may make sense to play less strategically in the interest of speed to keep their interest. This may be the biggest issue for us, and depending on the mood, a more fast-paced game may be more appropriate.
Regarding quality, the tiles (in the edition as of this writing) are painted wood. We haven't played enough to determine if they will eventually wear, but they seem of good enough quality. The pouch (assuming you get one!) can be used to store the tiles when not being used, as well as being used to draw from during play.
I soon realized there was a design flaw in the box. After the game is opened, the box is useless. There is a hole in the top of the box so you can see the tiles. However there is no plastic guard to prevent tiles from falling out and you can't close the bagin the box. See included pictures,
So I have to keep the instructions in the bag and thow away the box. It is a shame, but at least the bag and tiles are well constructed.
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It seems like with this latest version there has been a change in the manufacturing process for this game. First of all, the bag that is provided for the tiles now sports a logo on it and feels like a cheap, thin material as opposed to the previous quality bag which was thick and logo free. As you will see from my pictures there are several dissapointing aspects to these tiles. I hope for everyone else's sake that this is a anomaly and that in general other sets have no issues with their tiles; I can only share my experience, unfortunately.
I've numbered some issues I've had which the pictures illustrate.
1. The paint on the front of many tiles is chipped, to varying degrees of depth and number of chips, illustrated on the two green tiles shown in the pictures.
2. The paint on the tiles is thin. You can see the black tile through the paint, illustrated by the yellow tile in the pictures.
3. The centering of the printing or painting is off on some of the tiles. In the purple tile picture you can see that the edge of the shape is almost off the front face of the tile, going down the side.
4. Several of the tiles are dented to some degree, some are even damaged to the extent of exposing unpainted wood underneath.
I'll end this review on a positive note:
1. The bag is bigger. My old version has a bag that is barely big enough to hold all of the tiles. This new bag better holds the tiles, with more room to allow for rummaging through the tiles to ensure a random tile is picked.
2. There's no hole in the front of the box. The old box has/had a hole in the front of the box which displayed the wooden tiles. This new version has no hole which is much more pleasing.
Overall the gameplay itself is fantastic. It's a great gateway game and it's easy to learn but there's a lot of depth to it once you get into it. I just hope that nobody else receives such poor tiles as I have in this latest set.
Perfect for reluctant reader but competitive foster kids and partially sighted husband, we can all play this. It's a mixture of scrabble and dominos(ish). Be careful if you look for a"how to play"clip on you-tube, the one we found was very good, but wasn't suitable for the children to listen to!!
Didn't really work well with two players. As a guide, 2 adults and 3 children, we reckon 1 hour for a game, the scores usually are quite close so there's never a winner with a ridiculous number of points.
No breakable pieces (which is very important in this house). I recommend this (the kids are between 6 and 10)
My only gripe is the build quality. The tiles are painted black then the shapes are painted on top. As a result the colours are not as vivid as they could be. Orange and red are quite similar unless you have good lighting and/or eyesight.
A major omission is tile racks. When the tiles are placed vertically and it is hard to see the colours in low lighting or if you have poor eyesight. I made my own and it helped tremendously. At a pinch you can use scrabble tile holders but they are slightly too small.