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I have to admit, this game is shamefully addictive. There are several styles of play included, such as solitaire puzzles and multiplayer games.
The game itself is incredibly simple to understand: This is a tile-laying pipe game, essentially. You try to make long snakes of your color, and you score double points if you make a really long loop. The strategy comes in that your opponent will try to set up spots which prevent you from making the move you wanted to make.
I have to disagree with the other reviewer, however, on the point of the colors. I am colorblind, and had no trouble whatsoever distinguishing between any of the four colors. This is one of the very few games I have actually been able to convince my non-gamer brother to play, the other being Bohnanza.
As far as strategy and learning games are concerned, this is great. First of all the tiles are wonderful to touch, and very durable. The rules come in a wonderful pamphlet, which also includes the oppurtunities for solitaire play.
I purchased this game a few years ago, and it was an instant hit. I also took it to my daughters 4th and 5th grade classroom, where it was a phenomenal success; to the point of several teachers purchasing copies for thier individual classrooms.
As a parent, I always enjoy games that encourage my daughters to think. As an added bonus, this also has solitaire games included which makes it even more of a bargain. In popularity among my daughter's classmates, this was an overwhelming favorite, followed closely by Set.
The only drawback concerned the colors on the tiles. As a teacher pointed out, someone who suffers from any degree of color blindness could not play the game (The blue and green lines could be confused even by a person with normal vision). My only suggestion to the manufacturers of this game is to make the colors more vivid and easy to differentiate.