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Store:  Family Games, 2-Player Games
Edition:  Abalone
Series:  Abalone
Genre:  Abstract Strategy
Format:  Board Games


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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 30 minutes 2

Designer(s): Michel Lalet, Laurent Levi

Manufacturer(s): FoxMind Games

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Product Description

How do you create a game that has sold over 4 million copies in 30 different countries? Easy, just make it a game that anyone can learn in one minute, but that may take a lifetime to master. Loosely based on sumo wrestling, the point of Abalone is to push just 6 of your opponents 14 marbles off of the playing surface, but there is a catch. It takes two marbles to move one, and three to move two.

Simple? Yes. Simplistic? By no means! The six directions of movement allow for infinite strategies both offensively and defensively.

Product Awards

Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 1990
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1989

Product Information


  • 14 black marbles
  • 14 white marbles
  • 1 board
  • rules
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.8 in 11 reviews

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by Boardmeister
Every game is different
December 01, 2010

Abalone is one of my all time favorite board games. The reason is simple. Every game is different. If you are looking for games which are easy to learn but take a life time to master I definitely recommend Abalone. It is easier to learn than Chess or Go which makes it also interesting for younger players.

by JanG
Lots of ways to play this one
July 15, 2003

Just picked up a copy of Abalone. Interesting game. For those who are luke warm, I'd suggest looking at

which has a bunch of variations on the game. Some require additional marbles of different colors. Also, thought I'd mention that the marbles are interchangeable with the ones in Kuba. I'd also suggest reading the rules on which explains some moves not really obvious from the rules in the box. Nice to see this one back in print.

Not my cup of tea
November 04, 2002

I played this game on a board games fair and it was the cool look of the game that persuaded me in playing it.

And although the rules are basic and simple and the game seems to leave open loads of possibilities, I found that i was more like a clash of the titans. Both sides move towards each other, turn around a bit and just wait for the opponent to make a mistake a benefit from this. 6 marbles out is all it takes so one mistake can be the end.

If the looks of the game weren't as good, I would give it only one star. I must say that in general I don't like chess or stratego neither, which have, similar to Abalone, an identical initial set-up and a turn-based confrontation. Just so you see my review in the right perspective.

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