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The follow-up to one of the most awarded games of all time has finally arrived! Qwirkle Cubes plays very much like Qwirkle. However, you have more control over your hand because you can roll and re-roll your dice to get the shapes you want! Also, because everyone plays open-handed, you can better judge your opponent's future moves. Simply create rows and columns of matching colors or shapes to score the most points. And, as always, no reading is required, making this truly a game the entire family can play! Includes 90 wood tiles and a drawstring bag to hold the tiles. 2 to 4 players. Ages 6 and up.
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Review of Qwirkle Cubes
Posted 2/27/2013 by Diana VanZeelt
Bought it for a grandaughter's birthday (her 17th). We had received it as a Christmas gift and played with our grandkids...they LOVED it! It is a challenge yet easy to learn...is different every time and is quickly played which keeps interest up.
Qwirkle in Three Dimension
Posted 1/13/2010 by C S Jachimowicz
Qwirkle Cubes is the logical reinvention of MindWare's successful Qwirkle tile-laying game released a couple of years ago. The games are similar in that players draw random tiles (or cubes) from a bag and attempt to place them into a matrix or grid of existing tile/cubes according to a few simple rules. The tiles/cubes feature six different shapes (circle, square, diamond, star, starburst and clover) and six different colors (red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple). In Qwirkle, each tile has one shape in one color. In Qwirkle Cubes, each cube has all six shapes in one color.
The rules for placement are simple. Players are attempting to create lines in which all cubes/tiles in the line are either all the same shape or all the same color. Players may place more than one tile/cube so long as it shares the same characteristic (color or shape) and is placed in the same line as other tiles/cubes on that turn. Players score one point for each line of tiles/cubes started or added to, counting some tiles/cubes that are part of more than one line twice. If a player completes a line of six tiles/cubes (all six shapes of one color or all six colors of one shape), they score an additional six points for a "Qwirkle."
The differences between Qwirkle and Qwirkle Cubes are simple, but significant. First, Qwirkle is played "closed hand" while Qwirkle Cubes is played "open hand." This means that all players can see each others cubes in Qwirkle Cubes, while the tiles orf each player are hidden in Qwirkle. This fact alters game play in Qwirkle Cubes in that a part of a player's strategy has to be how her playing of cubes will aid or hinder her opponent's play. One has to be careful not to set up the next player for a 12-point "Qwirkle" score!!
The other distinguishing feature is that the tiles in Qwirkle are "fixed" while the cubes in Qwirkle Cubes are "flexible." In Qwirkle, a player is "stuck" with whichever tiles she draws from the bag each turn. Sometimes it can be a challenge to play even one tile for a good score. In Qwirkle Cubes, a player may re-roll some or all of her dice at the start of her turn resulting in new opportunities for play that turn. This adds another strategic element to the game: which cubes to keep and which to re-roll. Do you play it safe and hold out two cubes that you know you can play or do you re-roll all five cubes and hope for a big score?
Qwirkle Cubes has done well with players as young as 8 and as old as 70. Some younger children may be able to play, but would require some assistance in choosing the best locations for cubes to be placed for a maximum score; in other words, younger players may understand the mechanics of the game, but may lack the capacity to see the strategy - in this case, Qwirkle is probably a better game. For those who have enjoyed playing Qwirkle and desire a more strategic game with the same simple rules, Qwirkle Cubes is a welcome addition.
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