The abstract game of Qwirkle unfolds with 108 wooden blocks, each featuring six different shapes in six distinct colors. Unlike traditional board games, there is no designated board; players utilize any available flat surface.

Gameplay Overview

  • Block Placement: Players commence with six blocks each. The start player strategically places blocks with a single matching attribute (color or shape, but not both) on the playing surface.
  • Building Lines: Subsequent players add blocks adjacent to at least one previously played block. The blocks must align in a line, matching either the color or shape of the preceding block, without any duplicates.
  • Scoring System: Players earn one point for each block played, along with points for all adjacent blocks. Blocks can score in multiple directions, offering strategic possibilities.
  • Bonus Points: Completing a line with all six shapes or colors grants an additional six points. The player then replenishes their hand to six blocks.
  • Game End: The game concludes when the draw bag is empty, and a player exhausts their remaining blocks, earning a bonus six points. The player with the highest score emerges victorious.

Special Features

  • Abstract Strategy: Qwirkle emphasizes spatial and pattern recognition, making it a captivating and accessible abstract strategy game.
  • Scalable Complexity: Simple rules allow for quick entry, while the game's depth and strategy keep players engaged over time.
  • Endgame Bonuses: Strategic completion of lines adds an extra layer of scoring, rewarding players for comprehensive pattern-building.


Qwirkle stands out as a dynamic and visually appealing abstract game, where players compete to build and maximize scoring opportunities with colorful wooden blocks. Its easy-to-grasp mechanics, coupled with the potential for strategic depth, make it an excellent choice for both casual and strategic gamers alike. The absence of a fixed board encourages creativity and adaptability in gameplay, providing an enjoyable experience for players of all levels.

Nominated for 12 awards and won 2.

⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2011

⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2011

⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2011

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 45 Minutes
  • 6+ years old
  • Easy to learn

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