I think of Qwirkle sort of like visual Scrabble. It’s a great game to play with friends, or to help kids learn patterns.
15-20 minutes per game
- Qwirkle tiles in bag; there are six colors and six distinct shapes on the tiles, three of each tile type
- Pencil and paper (or other score keeping method)
Place all of the tiles in the bag. Each player takes 6 tiles to start.
How to Play:
The player who can play the longest run starts by placing those tiles face up in the middle of the table. Play then continues clockwise, with each player placing one or more tiles connecting to those already played.
To play tiles, they must be either the same color or same shape as the tile they are connecting to. Two identical tiles cannot be directly connected in the same line; therefore, a line can never be longer than six tiles. There will ultimately be empty spaces where no tile can be played legally.
After you have played, draw tiles from the bag to bring your “hand” back up to six tiles.
Note: If you cannot play, you may swap tiles from the bag for those in your hand (as many or as few as you wish). This counts as your turn.
- One point is scored for each tile in a line you add to (including tiles played previously). For example, if there are three red shapes already played, and you play a fourth shape on that line, you would score 4 points.
- A single tile can be scored multiple times if it is part of two lines.
- Whenever you complete a line of six colors or shapes, it is called a Qwirkle; you score six bonus points in addition to the six points for the tiles in the line.
- The first person to use all of their tiles (after the bag is empty) scores six bonus points.
The player with the highest point total at the end of the game wins.
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