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Ingenious Strategy Game
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- Ingenious is an easy to learn, strategy board game
- 120 Tiles, 1 hexagonal board, 1 Bag, 4 Racks, 4 Score Boards, 24 Counters, Rules Sheet
- Win by having the best score in your least--scored colour
- Endless strategic options through clever tile placement
- Unique scoring system
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Ingenious is a game that is in a league of its own. Quick to play, bueatiful and one of the more "clever" board games.^The game involves scoring points by placing your color tiles on a hexagonal board while trying to block your oponents from scoring points. Although it sounds simplistic, the game actually is a real challenge.^The game has a nearly unlimited amount of strategies and with it's unique scoring system, every game is different and challenging.
Lay out the board and place all the tiles into the black bag. Take a tile rack for each player and start with 6 tiles from the bag. Place your wooden cube markers on the colour symbols (number 0) on the score-boards. Each tile has 2 symbols. The object of the game is to place a tile with one of its symbols next to a similar one already on the board and to score as many lines of colours going in a straight line from each of the 2 symbols on the tiles. As you score each turn, you move your marker along the scoreboard. When the players have completely filled the main playing board with tiles, then the game is over. The winner is the player whose "worst" marker has advanced the most!See all Product Description
From the Manufacturer
The strategy game for all the family
Winner of the "2008 Spiel des Jahres", the game's designer Reiner Knizia is at the forefront of successful game designs. Ingenious is his most accessible and addictive board game, winning numerous awards worldwide since its publication in 2004 and selling over 500,000 copies. The game involves scoring lines of color tiles using a simple but ingenious strategic game play that will be understood by any player 8 years and up. It is fun, colorful and a game that demands to be played over and over again.
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Initially, i played it against only with a gaming friend of mine and we quickly went from having no idea about what strategy to use, to thinking quite hard about what we were doing. Like any number of great games, it's very easy to learn but you could play for years without ever perfecting a single winning tactic.
That said, if you don't want to put that much thought into it, it's still a really enjoyable game. Unlike, for example Scrabble, you're not having to think in a way that warrants silence and deep concentration; I've taken it to the pub to play with mates and you can play whilst chatting away (and drinking). I've played it with my family, who are increasingly resistant to elongated instructions, and they all got it and enjoyed it.
For all it's simplicity though, there must be a key to winning - i rarely beat my gaming mate and my partner rarely beats me.
No little warnings, or slight negatives, this is a fantastic game and i'd recommend it happily to anyone.
Overall, a great game.
The rules are simple but the play requires a lot of thought if you want to win - Another plus is that it plays equally well with 2 3 or 4 players - unlike many games where less players make the game less playable
Each game does not take too long either - actual timescale depends on how long each player takes to decide where to put their tile.
As each player does their own scoring it requires honesty, not a problem for us , but if you need to validate the marking by each person I think it would detract from the joy of the game
I bought the travel version: we have many games and space is becoming a premium in the games cupboard, and we were abroad for Xmas so it had to fit in our suitcase easily. It is indeed quite compact but nicely finished. The fabric bag for the tiles is very handy. The only thing that could be improved on are the scoring "pins" and the point markings: the pins are really small, hard to handle and easy to loose if you play in the car or on the plane for instance, the points marks are not contrasted with the board and hard to see.
But apart from that, it is just brilliant.
We have a kind of league table - best out of 3 games wins the set, first to 10 sets with a clear lead of 2 sets wins the match.I counted the number of games in one of our matches and it came to 81. We play most days as each game takes about 15 mins. We have been playing for about 4 years, at first I used to win the matches but my husband has caught on to my blocking strategies and is beating me! I have just ordered another set because the game board has fallen apart from so much use. It is not possible to purchase just the board, I have tried. hope you enjoy the game as much as we do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant game, for all the family, its got us all hooked, a family of 2 adults, 2 teenage children and our 6 year old.Published 15 days ago by J. Martin
Absolutely brilliant and yet so simple! Very entairtaining for the entire family!Published 19 days ago by Stephanie Mcardle
Excellent game for all ages, easy to play, strategic and funPublished 22 days ago by Stephen J Allen
A good family game; we and our teens and twenties enjoyed playing.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good game, makes you think. Excellent for friends or family. Well thought out & sturdy board & counters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wendy
We are a family that thrives on finding a board game with the right mix of challenge, revenge, quality pieces, cunning and variety of play. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Twizzle13
Game is really good but one of the scoring boards came misprinted - contact the game producer direct but have received no reply so marking down on account of poor customer service!Published 1 month ago by Warwick Jones
I've played this with over 10 different people now all who have really enjoyed it. It's a lot simpler to play than it looks and intriguing enough to provide an hour or so's... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew Durrant