Calico is a delightful, tile-laying board game that combines the art of quilt-making with the charm of cats. It's designed to offer a relaxing yet engaging puzzling experience for players.

Gameplay Elements

  • Tile-Laying Puzzle: Players build quilts by placing patch tiles of different colors and patterns.
  • Pattern and Color Matching: The core challenge involves creating specific patterns and color combinations in the quilt.
  • Strategic Choices: Players must choose which patch tile to place and draw, balancing current needs and future possibilities.


  • Quilt Completion: Aim to follow the quilt's pattern as closely as possible.
  • Attracting Cats: Certain patterns will attract cats to curl up on the quilt, offering additional points.
  • Scoring Buttons: Completing color groups lets players add buttons to their quilt, scoring more points.

Player Experience

  • Aesthetic Appeal: The game features visually appealing components, enhancing the tactile and visual pleasure.
  • Simple Turn Mechanics: With just selecting and placing tiles, turns are easy to understand yet offer deep strategic choices.
  • Balancing Act: Players must balance between completing the quilt pattern, attracting cats, and forming color groups.

End Game Scoring

  • Points are tallied based on the number of buttons, the cats attracted, and the completion of the quilt's pattern.

Appeal and Audience

  • Family-Friendly: Suitable for all ages, offering a gentle yet engaging challenge.
  • Casual Gamers: Appeals to casual players with its simple mechanics and charming theme.
  • Puzzle Enthusiasts: Offers a satisfying puzzle-solving experience.


Calico stands out for its unique combination of quilting and cat themes, offering a soothing yet mentally stimulating board game experience. It's perfect for players looking for a visually attractive, strategic, and family-friendly game.

Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

  • 1 - 4 Players
  • 30 - 45 Minutes
  • 10+ years old
  • Easy to learn

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

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