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Board GameQwirkle Review
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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.


Qwirkle is an abstract sequencing puzzle game where you compete to create rows of matching (or series of) colours and shapes. You score more points by matching multiple directions, but need to be careful not to leave points for other players to capitalise upon. It's a simplification of Scrabble that turns into a highly strategic challenge.

Each player starts the game with 6 blocks and take turns to place them next to others in the centre of the table. To play a block (or series of blocks) you must match either colour or shape of other blocks and it must not repeat a colour or shape in any row you are adding to. Doing this, you extend rows of colours or shapes to score points each go.

You score one point for each block played plus all blocks adjacent. It is possible for a block to score in more than one direction. You can score additional points by adding to both horizontal and vertical rows at the same time. You also get an additional six points if you complete a row so it has one of each shape or colour.

After placing your block you draw more from the bag to bring you back to six in hand. Once you have run out of blocks in the bag you keep playing until one player plays all of his remaining blocks, which earns another six point bonus and finishes the game.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 5-16 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2006

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle, Sequencing and Strategy

Pieces: Placeables

Players: 2-4




Learn to Play: This takes 15 minutes to learn. The basic premise is quick to learn but the permutations and strategies take a little longer. Practicing to lay out different scoring patterns is a good idea for those who are playing for the first time.

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 45 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

5-16 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although it looks like a child's game, this is something that can be enjoyed by older teenagers too. Really young players may need a hand spotting the best move.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


Qwirkle Cubes was released as a follow up you can purchase separately. In Qwirkle Cubes the tokens have six faces in the same colour and each face has one of the symbols. Each turn you can role your cubes to see which symbols you have to work with.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Qwirkle Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features.

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