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Shifting Stones (2020) is a competitive brain game where you manipulate a grid of Stone cards to match arrangements on your Pattern cards. The trick is that you have to spend your Pattern cards to swap or flip the Stone cards. It's a game where you have to balance the benefit of changing the grid against the loss of potentially scoringĀ Pattern cards.

Play involves taking turns to spend those Pattern cards to change the Stone card grid. When it matches one of the Pattern cards still in your hand you score those points. You only get three of these actions a turn so care is needed to be efficient.

As you progress you work towards your high-scoring patterns, you need to also consider how opponents are shifting the stones. You also need to remember what the colours are on the reverse side of tiles to know if it's worth turning over.

The result is a tug-of-war puzzle as each player wrestles to get the grid in the form they need it to score points. It's a simple game that works brilliantly with a wide range of ages.

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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Shifting Stones 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 Collecting and Push-Your-Luck elements. You can play with 1 to 5 players in the same room. For a single-player game, you are working to beat your own high score.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. It's a simple game to learn, with just a few rules. Once you have grasped the risk-reward of spending potentially scoring Pattern cards to manipulate the Stone cards, you are ready.

Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and 25 minutes to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

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: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-5

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Collecting and Push-Your-Luck)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Game Wright (@GameWright)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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