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Pente


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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 15-20 minutes 2

Manufacturer(s): Winning Moves USA, Hasbro

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Product Description

The classic 80's game of skill returns in a handsome new edition. Get five stones in a row or capture 10 of your opponent's stones to win. Updated graphics and new stone colors add a new dimension to an already outstanding game.

Product Information

  • Manufacturer(s): Winning Moves USA, Hasbro

  • Year: 2004

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 15 - 20 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 960 grams

Contents:

  • Game board
  • 2 sets of glass stones
    • 35 blue
    • 35 amber
  • 4 green "Power Stones"
  • 2 velour storage bags
  • Rules
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Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4.5 in 11 reviews

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by John M.
Excellent Travel Game
December 22, 2006

Ok maybe not a great game to play IN the car, but once you get somewhere it's quick to set up, quick to learn, quick to play, and quick to put up. This game was awesome, limited to four players you can buy extra colored stones in case you hate black, blue, green or yellow. A friend mine had this game and it's spiral counterpart Megiddo. He used to carry both roll-up game boards (Pente & Megiddo), and 8 bags of stones (4 from each game) in the Pente tube, everywhere he went. Very portable game system, worth every penny. Have not seen Megiddo re-produced in years, if you find get it! Actually get 2 (one of each)! If you can imagine Pente on a spiral board, the counterpart Megiddo is a great compliment to Pente, and both games are worth the cost.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
 
 
 
 
 
Lacking 2-Player Edition of Classic Game
January 01, 2006
To argue that Pente is a must-have game in any collection is a waste of breath. It is simple, elegant, and provides a bridge to more complex games as mastery increases. It is the equal of backgammon and checkers among classic games.

This edition however removes something from the 4-player "tube" edition previously in print. As with many other classic games, all but the most hardcore players will be scratching around for variants within a short period of time. The 3- and 4-player games added significantly to the playability and variety. They are sorely missed in this edition of the game.

So, seek out the "tube" edition used and, failing that, buy the latest version of Pente, a game that you'll be playing for years to come.

 
 
 
 
 
by Jane
Designer was interesting to interview
August 14, 2004

I had the chance to interview Gary Gabrel in my job as a disc jockey in 1983. I was given a copy of the game in the red tube. I recently dug it out for some teenagers to play and they are hooked. (What stands out most about my interview was Gabrel came in the studio smelling like he'd been smoking something other than tobacco.)

The game is great. I had no trouble teaching the basics to these kids. Then it was fun to watch them as they learned the fine points and developed their own strategies. Oh, and I found Gabrel's business card in the tube along with the green and yellow runes and the directions.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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