We broke open the Christmas Blokus this morning for the first time and wow, is it addictive! If you’ve ever been a fan of Tetris and played for hours straight, you might remember the feeling that you are still playing when you close your eyes. I had the same feeling after playing Blokus a bunch of times in a row. It just kind of sticks in your brain.
It reminded me more of the ancient Chinese game of Go than anything else, but with far easier rules to remember. Go is always really hard to score and keep track of until you get very good at it. The Blokus rules were easy the very first time.
Our friend Mae (who is an adult), Speedy, Rainbow, and I all played a few rounds and really started getting into it.
The first round we played traditional style, with each person controlling a separate color tile on the board. The goal of the game is to get all your pieces on the board before running out of moves. Each block on each piece counts as -1 points at the end of the game. The person with the most points wins. The only real rule is that your color pieces must touch each other at the corner and at corners only, no sides. As you can imagine, the two adults came out far ahead of the two six year olds in the first round with the final scores being -7, -12, -28, and -38.
The next round we decided to play teams, one adult and one child on per team, each team controlling two colors and that seemed to work out better. Mae and Speedy won that round -42 to -38. Not quite sure if that is a normal score for 4 people or if we just don’t know all the tricks to fitting in your pieces yet.
All in all, it’s a great game, lots of fun and thought involved. And it’s certainly understandable and playable by a couple of six year olds with a little help.
One small drawback is that it’s really designed to be played by four people at a time. There are ways you can play with two (each person controls two colors) and even three (the fourth color is controlled by each of the three players taking turns each round), but be aware it’s designed as a four person game.
Each piece is pretty important and there are a lot of them, so be very careful not to lose any.. Note, you can obtain Blokus replacement pieces from the Learning Resources website for $3.99 a full color set plus shipping.