Game Overview: The object of the game is to score a specific amount of points (based on the number of people playing) by placing colored X pieces to make patterns. You can make X's, pluses, diagonal, or straight up and down patterns. We described this game as a cross between tic-tac-toe and connect four. You have to try to out think your opponents and sneak patterns past them. You can play defensively or offensively, for such a simple game there are many strategies.
When you open the box you see a sturdy plastic
game board although difficult to get out
sometimes it never bends and would be extremely
difficult to break (don't try:) The X-pieces and
score markers (yellow, black, red, and orange) are also made out of sturdy
plastic and come in plastic bags which are very
helpful. The bags come in compartments in the
Clarity of Rules: We had no issues learning this game we sat down and had learned the rules in under 10 minutes. Very simple. The instruction manual does come in five languages (English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish).
Game Play: On your turn you play a colored X piece to try to get them to line up in patterns to get points which are used to win the game. At the start of the game each player places a joker piece on the board. The joker pieces are clear X pieces that help you complete patterns. However, you do not score points off of them. When you make a pattern you score them with score markers and remove your X pieces from the board and return them to your unplayed pieces. Score markers match the color of your X pieces and are flat pieces of plastic that fit into the board spaces. The score markers do not prevent another colored X piece to be played on them, if this does happen and they player scores points while on your space, then you just set that colored score marker on top of the other score marker. At the end of the game, the points go to the top score marker in the board space. If a player makes a pattern but overlooks it after his or her turn, the next turn a player can touch the pattern and that player scores that pattern as if it was his or hers, so pay close attention in this game. You win when you get a certain amount of points depending on the amount of players. The game can also end when a player runs out of X pieces or score markers.
Replay Ability: There is a very good replay ability it can turn out different every time you play
Appropriate Audience: The game recommendation is 15+ which would mean Cade and Coby can't play this game WHAAAAT! There is no reading involved just some simple counting. But take caution there are small pieces. Someone as young as seven years old should easily understand the game.
What We Liked/Didn't Like: We really like the strategy that comes with the game play. Not just with placing your pieces to make the patterns but also where to place the joker pieces and how to protect your scoring tiles by blocking the other players. The one complaint that we have with the game is that the orange and red pieces are too similar to each other. With low lighting or when the game board really gets filled up, it becomes a challenge to identify which color is which when comparing the two. This can be avoided in three player games by having one of those two colors set aside. If you move up to the four player level you will have to use both of these colors.
Add-ons/Other Releases: n/a