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Store:  Strategy Games
Genre:  Abstract Strategy
Format:  Board Games


English language edition

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 30-50 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Bernhard Weber

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Goldsieber

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Product Description

IDO is both a work of art and a game. You may want to display it permanently in your living room. Players move colorful blocks on the abstract board trying to get four of their blocks from one side to the other. Players may also move the board to change the boards geometric pattern and move their pieces closer to their goal. The first player to move of his pieces across the board is the winner!

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Product Information

  • Designer(s): Bernhard Weber

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Goldsieber

  • Year: 1998

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 - 50 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 1,500 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 2.8 in 4 reviews

by Steven Hall
Clarifications to other review
March 17, 2011

A great games that deserved to be more popular than it was (is).

Although it can be played with three players most three player games end up with the two people sitting opposite each forever trying to shift the grid to their advantage while the third player walks away with the win.

The grid doesn't slide around if you apply the included domed feet.

If the leader looks to be so far ahead concede the game, ask for a rematch and do your best to learn from the previous game. The aforementioned 3 player deadlock is the only "stop the leader" syndrome I have encountered; of course this could just be that the people I have played against have all been similarly skilled.

Pieces can get into a region that they couldn't have legally moved into. But that is the point. You can not place a piece into a region not matching its shape but if the grid moves and the piece ends up in an illegal (e.g. an "L" shaped region) region thats OK. There are only three things you can do on your turn and each of those is simple. The "reviewer" needs to re-read the rules.

I have a problem distinguishing red and green in dim light but not green and blue. If you have a problem with colours put a little stick on dot on one set of pieces.

by Kijza
Complex Strategy, nice and addictive
January 21, 2001

IDO is definitely a 'one-more-go' game. With extremely simple set-up and rules, IDO is a sort of minimalist chess--it's all about the strategy of sacrifices and risks. I find that the matches move quickly and are very enjoyable, but the game may reduce to formulaic moves, a la tic-tac-toe.

Interesting, but has problems
November 13, 2001

IDO is a very pretty abstract strategy game. The pieces are gorgeous, and it certainly captures attention when played in a public area.


  • The grid has an annoying tendency to slide around on the board.
  • The 'stop-the-leader' syndrome that plagues many multiplayer abstract-strategy games is especially problematic.

All in all, an okay game, but hardly one I'd spend money on.

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