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Ages Play Time Players
7+ 20-30 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Bernard Tavitian

Manufacturer(s): Mattel

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  • WARNING: Choking Hazard - Small Parts

Product Description

The original game, for 2 to 4 players, which has become a classic board game throughout the world. It is comprised of a square board containing 400 squares, and 84 pieces made up of small squares.

Play it with your family or among friends: with Blokus Classic you are guaranteed to have fun moments that challenge you and make you think. When it is played by four people, the game is very animated and the outcome is never certain! Played by two people (where each player has two colours), the game provides the opportunity for more strategic and careful thinking.

The game is very simple to understand and to master and is the best product for beginners and for young players. It is also an ideal Christmas present.

Product Awards

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

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Bernard Tavitian

  • Manufacturer(s): Mattel

  • Year: 2009

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 20 - 30 minutes

  • Ages: 7 and up

  • Est. time to learn: Under 5 minutes

  • Weight: 594 grams


  • 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.

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

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