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Ion: A Compound Building Game

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 20-40 minutes 2-7

Designer(s): John Coveyou

Publisher(s): Genius Games

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Product Description

ION: A Compound Building Game is a card drafting game where players select from a number of available Ion Cards and Noble Gas cards with the goal of creating sets of compounds and inert noble gases.

Here’s how the game is played: Each player is dealt eight cards, must select one of those cards and then passes the remaining. Players must choose to either bond (pair) their selected card with another Element Card or set it alone (possibly to form an ionic bond at a later time). Throughout the game, players gain additional points for building specific compounds which are listed on the Compound Goal Cards and have available a set of Action Tiles which award them additional moves throughout the game. Players score points based upon the quantity and type of neutrally balanced compounds they construct and noble gas sets they collect. After three rounds, players add their total scores from each round, subtract points from Action Tiles used, and the player with the most points wins!

Product Information

  • Designer(s): John Coveyou

  • Publisher(s): Genius Games

  • Year: 2016

  • Players: 2 - 7

  • Time: 20 - 40 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 386 grams

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 1 review

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Fun, Quick, Easy to understand
March 22, 2016

This is a fun quick game to play with your friends. It's so quick in fact we tend to have best 2 out of 3 rounds with it. Any person who can do basic math can play this game.

Essentially you're building compounds or noble gasses to make a neutral charge. Each card has a number of points on it and to receive those points you must combine them together to create a neutral charge. If you don't have a neutral charge you don't lose any points, but you do lose potential points you could have gained in that hand. Like 7 Wonders you're choosing and playing a card and passing the rest of the hand to the next player.

Quick, simple, easy and fun. Best of all if you pay attention to the cards themselves, you're learning science!

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