#85 – Qwirkle

 Qwirkle

At a Glance: Qwirkle is a relaxing game. Think Scrabble, but with shapes and colors.

Qwirkle is a game for 2-4 players where players take turns placing squares on the table in rows that match either color or shape (but not both), then scoring for how many tiles are in the row(s) that they added to. Think Scrabble, but with shapes and colors. The main goal is to score “Qwirkles”, which is a complete row of all 6 shapes in the same color, or all 6 colors of the same shape. Qwirkles score 6 bonus points, in addition to regular scoring. The game ends when all the tiles have been drawn and one player plays his last tile. If you are the first to use all your tiles at the end, you get another 6-point bonus. Whoever has the most points, wins.

This game won the Spiel des Jahres (Board Game of the Year) award in 2011, and I can see why. Rules couldn’t be simpler, so it is widely accessible, and there is a great elegance to the gameplay that makes it one of the most relaxing, almost therapeutic games I have played. This is one of those games that is perfect to play with family & friends while drinking coffee and talking. We own the travel version that is smaller and comes in a little zipper bag, so it makes it even more fitting to bring on a vacation, get some family together, and play a chill-out, colorful, abstract game that also looks cool when it’s done. Though it’s a breeze to learn, this is a game you can continue to master for a very long time.

The travel version is useful because it does not require as much table space. However, the regular edition has bigger, chunky tiles. They’re wooden too, which is great.

Regular Version: https://amzn.to/h2pHbBqY

Travel Version: https://amzn.to/2NuKd8Z


TERMINOLOGY

Spiel des Jahres – An annual award given in Germany to a game voted as the Best Board Game of the Year, which is widely considered the most prestigious award for Board Games. There are a few other award categories, like Connoisseur Game of the Year for heavier strategy games, and a Children’s Game award.

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