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Blokus Review
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Posted: 6 weeks ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Blokus is a strategy game where you compete to have the fewest unplayed tiles. You add Tetris-shaped tiles to a shared board that is split into 400 small squares. It is a game about choosing to play the right tile at the right moment, be too slow to get rid of your higher scoring tiles and you end up blocked for space.

You start by laying out all of your 21 coloured Tetris-shaped tiles in front of you. The tiles vary in size and shape from one square up to shapes made up of five squares. Each turn you place a tile but only it's corner must touch at least one of your other tiles.

As you play, the board fills up and tactics mount. For example, to avoid being hemmed in by other players tiles (of a different colour) you need to place tiles to cross over to areas with more space. When you can no longer play any pieces, you count up each square of the shapes that you have remaining and the winner is the one with least points.

What starts as a simple tile laying puzzle, quickly becomes a strategic battle for space that requires spatial and forward-thinking decisions. You need to use you tiles carefully and keep an eye on the placement of others. Some may choose a more aggressive land grabbing strategy than others, so when playing with this type of player you need to be even more vigilant.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 5-8 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2000

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Pieces: Placeables

Developer: Mattel (@Mattel)

Players: 2-4



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Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. Although it appears simple, the need to place tiles in a specific way takes a while to learn. It takes a game or two before tactics are really understood.

When you first play:
  • Start with a two player game to make space more available.
  • Aim to play larger tiles first to lower your end score straight away.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

5-8 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need the physical dexterity to manipulate the tiles into place.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


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We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Blokus Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Mattel) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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