Fall Bucket List: Family Game Night

One of our Fall Bucket List items was to have a “Family Game Night.”  Last Friday night we played this game:
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Made by:  Mindware
Retails for $24.99
Ages 6+
2-4 Players

This was a gift that “C” received for his sixth birthday this past July.  It was also the first time we took the box out of the wrapping!  “A” was familiar with this game, having played in second grade but no one else in the family had ever heard of it.  Although reading over the directions for the first time it seemed a bit confusing, it’s really not a difficult game.  The game consists of 108 tiles with various colors and shapes.  The goal of the game is to get rid of your tiles by creating lines with similar attributes (same color or shape) and scoring the most points.  You get six bonus points for completing a “quirkle” (a line of six – either all six colors or six shapes). This is how we were playing:

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We were attempting to finish a six by six square of tiles and whoever scored the most points at the end won.  We ended up playing two rounds of the game (with me winning both times!).  I was wondering why we had so many tiles left and why we had to keep using turns to trade in tiles.  After doing some research, it turns out that we should have been playing like this:

                                                                              Image via Mindware

This explains the large number of tiles!!  So, it turns out that we will be playing this game again soon….the correct way!  This game has won several awards including the Mensa Select Award and the Parents Choice Gold Award.  It is a game that was fun for everyone to play, although it’s probably even better playing the correct way!  This was a great game to start off our Family Game Nights!

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