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Qwirkle (2006) is an abstract sequencing puzzle game where you compete to create rows of matching (or series of) colours and shapes. You score more points by matching multiple directions but need to be careful not to leave points for other players to capitalise upon. It's a simplification of Scrabble that turns into a highly strategic challenge.

Each player starts the game with 6 blocks and takes turns placing them next to others in the centre of the table. To play a block (or series of blocks) you must match either the colour or shape of other blocks and it must not repeat a colour or shape in any row you are adding to. Doing this, you extend rows of colours or shapes to score points each go.

You score one point for each block played plus all blocks adjacent. It is possible for a block to score in more than one direction. You can score additional points by adding to both horizontal and vertical rows at the same time. You also get an additional six points if you complete a row so it has one of each shape or colour.

The result is a tactical puzzle where the leader can change even late in the round. By using just colours and shapes it's fun for all ages and is a great introduction to games that lean on logical thinking and timing your moves to foil other players' plans.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Qwirkle 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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This is a Brain Game and Strategy game with Puzzle and Sequencing 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 15 minutes to learn. The basic premise is quick to learn but the permutations and strategies take a little longer. Practising laying out different scoring patterns is a good idea for those who are playing for the first time.

Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

5+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although it looks like a child's game, this is something that can be enjoyed by older teenagers too. Really young players may need a hand spotting the best move.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
Qwirkle Cubes was released as a follow-up you can purchase it separately. In Qwirkle Cubes the tokens have six faces in the same colour and each face has one of the symbols. With each turn, you can roll your cubes to see which symbols you have to work with. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2006

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Brain Game, Strategy (Puzzle and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 0 features documented

Components: Placeables

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