What does the box say?
Age Range: Littles and Bigs (6 and up)
Short Description: While Qwirkle is as simple as matching colors and shapes, it also requires tactical maneuvers and well planned strategy.
Game Length: 20 – 30 minutes
Learning Curve: About one game.
The day you have to start playing games for real against your kids is like a right of passage.
Qwirkle is one of those games that I have to play full out or suffer the consequence of being completely annihilated by my 9 year old. His intelligence style fits perfectly with this game and he can see things I miss if I’m not vigilant.
Just the Right Amount of Fun
Its a fun game that involves skill, strategy, matching and some luck of the draw.
It’s a great table game that doesn’t take all day, but also isn’t so short you’re left wondering what else you’re going to do for family game night once it’s over, besides spending an hour trying to pick another game everyone can agree on.
A Warning for Organization Addicts
You can keep the box for easy storage with the rest of your games or you can just store it in the bag it comes with to hold the tiles. That said, the organizational monster in me prefers the box so that it stores easily with our other games. So before you ditch the box, check with your spouse to make sure that same organizational monster doesn’t live inside them and then comes out to eat you. 😉
The Nitty Gritty
The idea of the game besides winning by scoring the most points is to get what they call a Qwirkle. A Qwirkle is six tiles in a row that are either all the same shape but six different colors or six tiles in a row that are all the same color but six different shapes.
A Qwirkle is worth six points plus a bonus six points and it can be a game changer.
As mentioned above, it takes about a game for most everyone to learn the game except for maybe your children on the lower end of the age range. For them I’d recommend playing on a team with an older sibling or parent for a while until they get it.
The Independent Toddler
This could be longer or shorter period of time depending on if your littles are like mine and declare their belief that they are fully capable of playing on their own even though you know they have no idea what they are doing.
In that case, remember you’re playing a game, it should be fun and you’re raising an adult not a child so let them learn from the consequences of their decision mercifully and teach them gently.
Qwirkle is definitely one of our family favorites and is a go to game for us if we can’t decide on another one.
HappyDad Rating: 5 Silly Faces
James (5 Year Old Boy):
Purple… red… green… (siblings giggling) Oh, which one. Blue. That’s it.
Ava (6 Year Old Girl):
(Thinking… thinking… thinking…) It’s a very fun game. It’s a super duper fun game and that it’s cool because its a little bit hard and it’s cool because it helps out with colors and shapes and it shows you more shapes. Like stars and it tells you how to pronounce more stuff, like shapes.
Shaw (9 Year Old Boy):
A fun game that helps you learn about shapes and then it also helps you to have fun.
Bella (12 Year Old Girl):
Not available for this review.
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