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Ages Play Time Players
5+ 20-30 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Bernard Tavitian

Manufacturer(s): Educational Insights

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  • WARNING: Choking Hazard - Small Parts

Product Description

Not only is Blokus one of the most beautiful games to be found, it is also a tremendous two to four player strategy game. There are literally only two rules, allowing the game to be accessible to even the most casual of players; and games can end in ten minutes! Players take turns laying down twenty-one pieces of different shapes on a grid, attempting to block their opponents and make more room for themselves. The player who places the most translucent plastic pieces is the winner, as players seek to expand their own territory in this clever little game.

Product Awards

Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 2003
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2002

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Bernard Tavitian

  • Manufacturer(s): Educational Insights

  • Year: 2003

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 20 - 30 minutes

  • Ages: 5 and up

  • Est. time to learn: Under 5 minutes

  • Weight: 1,259 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #4

  • Customer Favorites Rank: #146


  • 1 board of 400 squares
  • 84 pieces in 4 colors
  • Instruction Guide
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Product Reviews

by Mark Engelberg
Blokus is an excellent spatial game for the whole family. I say "for the whole family" because the game is substantially more interesting for adults than most kids' games. The game is completely abstract, with no theme, but with its colorful geometric pieces, most kids won't mind at all.

Each player begins the game with an assortment of geometric shapes. One player has all the red shapes, one has all the green shapes, etc. Players take turns deploying pieces to a grid-board in such a way that the piece touches a same-colored piece at one or more corners, but not along any edge. Once the board is mostly filled and no one can make a legal play, the game ends and the person whose remaining pieces have the smallest total area wins.

Although this summary may be a bit tricky to follow without the illustrations, the rules are actually extraordinarily simple. If your child understands what it means for two shapes to touch at a corner, and to touch along an edge, then your child will be able to grasp this game.

This game offers ample opportunity for kids to learn and exercise strategic and tactical thinking skills.

The game's biggest drawback is that it is really optimal with exactly four players. You can play with two players by doubling up colors, or with three players by using a neutral color, but these solutions aren't terribly satisfactory.

A couple of other things to be aware of before choosing this game: First, the pieces rest fairly shallowly in the board; clumsy kids may find themselves knocking the pieces out of their locations all too easily. Second, the number of available options dwindles dramatically in the second half of the game, so young players may need assistance in locating the few available legal moves.

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