Ingenious: Travel Edition
English language edition of Einfach Genial: ReiseEdition für Zwei
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The award-winning abstract placement game from internationally-renowned game designer Reiner Knizia is back in a brand new travel-sized edition. Players place colored tiles on the hexagonal board, scoring points, blocking opponent's tile placement, and trying to protect themselves from being blocked by their opponent.
Marvelously elegant, and compulsively replayable, Ingenious now fits on a portable two-player board, with convenient scoring pegs and slots for tiles! It's a delightfully clever rendition of the popular board game that's simply... Ingenious!
Players: 1 - 2
Time: 30 - 60 minutes
Ages: 10 and up
Weight: 315 grams
Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.
Average Rating: 2.8 in 2 reviews
Ingenious is a great concept for a light & simple, but strategic abstract strategy game. It could be described as the "thinking person's dominoes". And it could easily turn into a classic with the longevity of dominoes.
For reviews of the full game - look at the full-size edition. I will review the so-called Travel edition.
It differs in that it is for two players only. It is better for the fact that the tiles are moulded plastic and slot onto a moulded gameboard. The game is nicely compact and comes with a bag to hold the double-hexagonal tiles.
So far so good. Now the crux - the scoring pegs are insane. They are like the tiny pegs you used to use to score Mastermind. This makes absolutely no sense in this context. They are fiddly and will get lost. There are no spares provided, so once you lose one (and you will), you cannot score the game as intended. You'll have to improvise with a pencil & paper or a matchstick!
Why oh why did Fantasy Flight Games not use a snap on score marker on a track or rail? And as a travel edition, why not have a hinger cover or lid to hold the tiles in place if the game has to be interrupted? Whoever was responsible for the industrial design of this 'travel' edition was certainly far from Ingenious!
So 4 stars **** for the two player version of the game and 2 stars ** for the production design.
Disappointing that such a silly design flaw detracts from the enjoyment of an Ingenious game.
I like strategy games and this one has little of it. Choosing tiles 'blindly' from a pouch is more luck than strategy. The goal of the game is to score your colored tiles evenly...in other words, don't leave stragglers behind (big deal). This can be hard to do since you have no control over the tiles you pick.
The game board is colorful and well made but the markers are too tiny. The rules on scoring are unique but not enough to recommend this game.