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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Patchwork is a two-player sequencing game where players aim to piece together the most beautiful quilt. You play by adding Tetris-like Patchwork pieces to a 9 x 9 Quilt board. It is a game about carefully threading the needle between earning buttons to spend and spending buttons to purchase Patchwork pieces as you race to finish your quilt before time runs out.

You play as competing designers, selecting Tetris-like Patchwork pieces from a shared pile and racing to finish your quilt before time runs out. Each piece can be rotated or flipped into place and costs a varying amount of buttons. Useful shapes cost more and awkward shapes cost less.

It's made more challenging because to earn buttons takes time. Each go you must choose to either buy a Patchwork piece or earn buttons in a few different ways. This might be my passing opponents counters or harvesting buttons from your quilt. But if you do this too often the game finishes before you've finished your quilt.

As you play, the space on your board becomes harder to fill and the available pieces become less useful. So each turn becomes a careful balancing act between carefully crafting your quilt, racing your opponent around the board and collecting enough buttons to win the game. What starts as a calming tile-placement game quickly becomes a race to capture key Patchwork pieces in order to best complete your quilt and avoid penalties for uncovered squares.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2014

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 2

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle and Strategy

Pieces: Board, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Lookout Spiele (@LookoutSpiele)



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Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. It's quite a quick game to learn, but understanding the implications of going for buttons too often may take longer to grasp.

The first time you play, it's useful to do following:
  • Try out how the shapes fit together and button values.
  • Noting how buttons are acquired and the penalty of unfinished quilts.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and half an hour to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have the dexterity to manipulate the pieces into position without disturbing already placed pieces.

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 Patchwork Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@LookoutSpiele) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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