Abalone is a visually appealing and strategically rich board game designed for intense two-team competition. On the unique game board, two teams command large marbles, engaging in a calculated push-and-shove battle with a clear objective: to push six of the opposing player's marbles off the board.

Gameplay Overview

  • Strategic Marbles: Players take turns skillfully maneuvering the marbles across the board's hexagonal grid.
  • Weighted Columns: The central concept revolves around the weight of a marble column, determined by the number of marbles in a line. A player must use a group of marbles with greater weight to push a column in a specific direction.
  • Multi-Axis Challenges: With six potential directions to move, including diagonals, the game demands a careful balance of offense and defense. Defending against attacks from every angle is a complex yet engaging challenge.
  • Expandable Play: For added excitement, Abalone can accommodate up to six players when additional marble sets are acquired.

Special Features

  • Strategic Depth: Abalone offers a deep and tactical experience, requiring players to plan their moves, anticipate their opponent's actions, and position marbles strategically.
  • Team-Based Competition: The game is designed for head-to-head gameplay, with two teams competing to achieve the ultimate goal.
  • Award-Winning: Abalone's excellence is recognized with its victory at the 1988 Concours International de Créateurs de Jeux de Société (International Board Game Design Competition).


Abalone combines elegance and strategy, making it an enduring classic in the world of board games. The game's dynamic nature, intricate tactics, and potential for multi-player engagement ensure a challenging and enjoyable experience for all. Dive into the world of Abalone, where every move counts in the quest to outmaneuver your opponent and claim victory.

Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

  • 2 Players
  • 30 Minutes
  • 7+ years old
  • Easy to learn

We like Abalone so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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