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Blokus (2000) is a strategy game where you compete to have the fewest unplayed tiles. You add Tetris-shaped tiles to a shared board that is split into 400 small squares. It is a game about choosing to play the right tile at the right moment, being too slow to get rid of your higher-scoring tiles and you end up blocked for space.

You start by laying out all of your 21 coloured Tetris-shaped tiles in front of you. The tiles vary in size and shape from one square up to shapes made up of five squares. Each turn you place a tile but only its corner must touch at least one of your other tiles.

As you play, the board fills up and tactics mount. For example, to avoid being hemmed in by other player's tiles (of a different colour) you need to place tiles to cross over to areas with more space. When you can no longer play any pieces, you count up each square of the shapes that you have remaining and the winner is the one with the least points.

What starts as a simple tile-laying puzzle, quickly becomes a strategic battle for space that requires spatial and forward-thinking decisions. You need to use your tiles carefully and keep an eye on the placement of others. Some may choose a more aggressive land-grabbing strategy than others, so when playing with this type of player you need to be even more vigilant.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Blokus 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Puzzle and Strategy game with Brain Game elements. You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. Although it appears simple, the need to place tiles in a specific way takes a while to learn. It takes a game or two before tactics are really understood.

When you first play:
  • Start with a two-player game to make space more available.
  • Aim to play larger tiles first to lower your end score straight away.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need the physical dexterity to manipulate the tiles into place.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2000

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Puzzle, Strategy and Brain Game

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Placeables

Developer: Mattel (@Mattel)

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