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Gobblet (2000) is a competitive brain puzzle game like noughts and crosses or tic-tac-toe. Your aim is to create a straight row of four pieces to form a line. However, you can place your pieces over the top of your opponents to drastically change the board and tactics.

Play involves taking turns to place pieces on the 4-by-4 board. Your pieces start nested off the board. You can either play one exposed piece from your stacks or move one piece on the board to any other spot. Depending on the size of the piece you are playing, you can play it on an empty square or over the top of an opponent's piece.

Another nice nuance is that if you lift your piece and reveal an opponent's piece that finishes their row, you don't immediately lose, you can place it over another of their pieces to let you continue. This is really helpful for younger players who make a mistake. There is a junior version, Gobblet Gobblers, that features a smaller 3x3 board and fewer pieces.

Because moving pieces is key to winning, the twist is that you need to keep track of what is under each one. This leads to all sorts of new tactics: stacking your pieces, blocking or covering opponents. In this way, you work towards four pieces in a row to win.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Gobblet 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

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

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 10 minutes to learn. It's quite quick to learn, but you need to grasp the rules about stacking and having to move a piece you touch.

The first time you play it can help to:
  • Play with a 3-by-3 grid.
  • Experiment with different moves to show how you can cover and uncover pieces.

Play Time: This game will take between 4 minutes and 5 minutes to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Very young players can start on the Gobblet Gobblers version, or play the main game with fewer pieces. They need to have the skill to plan their placement and remember what is underneath each piece.

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, updated in 2003

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 2

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Puzzle, Strategy and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Board and Figures

Developer: Blue Orange Games (@BlueOrangeGames)

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