Abstract board games, sometimes referred to as "abstract strategy games", often test a player's planning, reasoning, and decision-making, usually in a one-on-one battle of skill. In the strictest sense, there is no "luck" in an abstract game – players succeed by plotting their moves and trying to anticipate their opponents' moves. Many of the world's classic board games, including Checkers, Chess, Go, and Mancala, are abstract board games. Players love these old games for their simple rules, rich history, and endless challenge.
- Award-Winning Abstract Board Games
- Mechanical Puzzles
- Reversi / Othello
Other Abstract Board Games
Don't let the simple appearance fool you. ABACAN is a fun new strategy game that uses simple rules to provide a depth of strategy that grows with the experience of the players. ABACAN is a variation of the nearly 3000 year old Chinese mathematical game of Nim. To play, players alternate turns sliding 1,2, or 3 beads on the same bar from one side of the game to the other. The winner is the player who forces their opponent to move the last bead. There is always a winner -- no ties, stalemates, or cat's games. Hand crafted from high quality hardwoods, ABACAN is pretty enough to be left out on the coffee table or bookshelf to be played again and again. Great gift item!
In Abalone, you are literally trying to push your opponent over the edge! You'll face off against your opponent moving one, two, or three marbles at once. The more marbles you have in a column, the more weight you'll have to move a lighter column. You can move them one step in line or one step sideways. Tip a marble over the side-lines to get ahead. As you push the shining line of marbles, tipping your opponent's color over the edge one final time, you know you've won at Abalone! Abalone has sold over 4,000,000 copies and was the Mensa Select award winner in 1990.
A minute of rules, then a lifetime of fun for the whole family. See the numbers, letters and symbols? You have one tile for each type of space on the board. Play your tiles strategically to form the fewest clusters of your color on the board AND to block and capture your rivals. Rules include different ways to play as well as tips on strategies.
Once in a while a board game arrives that combines complete simplicity with brilliant game design. Welcome to Callisto, a seriously satisfying and undeniably simple game to learn but it's a game that uses strategic skills and a little luck to master. The object of the game is to be the player who successfully places the most tiles on the board; tiles must always be placed next to another tile of the same color. While placing your tiles you not only want to cover the most ground so you gain points, but you'll want to block the others from doing so too!
Imagine yourself living during Medieval Times, the period of history referred to as the Middle Ages. The Roman Empire had recently collapsed and the Renaissance era had not yet begun. Medieval towns cropped up throughout Western Europe. The Cathedral, a place of sanctuary and worship, was the focal point of the city and located in the center of town. Shops and various trading stores surrounded the Cathedral, while residents and shop keepers lived within the stone walls which formed the town boundary. What went on within these walls was dictated by rich and powerful landowners. In the game of Cathedral, you are such a landowner. The playing board represents the site of the walled city. Two sets of playing pieces symbolize both the buildings and the two opposing forces who battle to gain control by strategically positioning their building pieces back on the board. In this award-winning game of competition and rivalry, victory goes to the player who is best at blocking and out-maneuvering their opponent.
- City Square Off
Go head-to-head against your opponent in this tactical game of city planning. Build your city without going over the limits and consider yourself the master planner!
CirKis is a fascinating abstract strategy game for the whole family. Two to four players take turns placing one of their nine differently shaped pieces on the beveled game board next to the last piece played. The aim is to complete Circles and Stars to score points. CirKis is very easy to learn as there is only one rule: Each new piece must touch the last piece played. That's it! Although CirKis is quickly learned, it soon becomes apparent that strategic thinking is crucial to scoring high, making each game more rich and diverse than the next as players evolve their offensive and defensive strategies. Be the first player to score 40 points to win the game!
ColorFever is a point-scoring game combining a perfect blend of strategy and chance. You draw tiles, roll the dice, and place your tiles accordingly. You score by building strings of tiles horizontally, vertically and diagonally. With every turn comes the chance to draw special tiles that give you extraordinary action! Add in the several additional ways to score using special tiles that add extra action and you are set for a heated game of action. Once you've played color fever, you'll want to play it again and again!
This two-player stacking game's simple principle hides it's true nature. You'll need a pile of strategy to win it! Two colors of playing pieces (light for one player, dark for the other), come in two types: disk-shaped "roundels," which you can use to score, and square "blockers" which you use to... yep, block. Confounding, rewarding and completely different, it's a unique pastime you'll love. Crafted in quality wood, it also makes a sophisticated statement. For 2 players.
A great two-player strategy game! Cover Up takes seconds to learn and minutes to play. Cover your opponent's options, while uncovering your plan to win. Four in a row wins the game! Reach new levels with Cover Up!
CrossWise is an abstract strategy game for 2 players or teams that will have you thinking in all directions. Players earn points by matching three or more Shape Tiles across the rows while their opponents do the same in columns. You'll have to think ahead because every tile you place also scores points for your opponent! Plan ahead for a double play, shift shapes to block your opponent, and trade tiles to earn big points. Watch out though - Action tiles let players move tiles unexpectedly! The game is over as soon as the last open space on the board has been filled with a tile. The player or team with the most points wins CrossWise.
Simple to the eye, but perhaps a lifetime in mastering, Dao is a pure game of strategy that plays out with opposing sets of four pieces on a 4 X 4 playing square. At each turn, move any one piece in any direction of your choosing -- vertically, horizontally, or diagonally -- as far as you can go until you reach the end of a playing square or another play piece. Win by arranging your pieces in a vertical or horizontal line, by occupying a 2 x 2 square, by occupying all four corners, or by becoming trapped in any one corner by three of your opponent's pieces. This elegant, endlessly challenging game is great for all ages 8 and up, and includes game mat, 8 play pieces and drawstring sack, instructions, storage tube, and game tin.
- Da Vinci's Challenge
Da Vinci's Challenge is the ancient game of secret symbols! This classic strategy game contains mysteries as old as the pyramids. The pattern of circles on the game board forms the ancient symbol called the Flower of Life, inscribed on Pyramid walls by the Egyptians over 6,000 years ago and studied in depth by Leonardo Da Vinci. The timeless symbol that has inspired artists and thinkers over the ages creates a playing surface that is both beautiful and intriguing. Players take turns placing game pieces on the board to form 9 different patterns. The more complex the pattern, the higher the point value. The player who scores the most points in the end wins!
- Dragon Face
Prepare yourself for an epic battle with Dragon Face! The objective of this game is to force your opponent's Emperor to do an about-face. An intriguing blend of chess, checkers and Othello, Dragon Face is sure to become a new classic strategy game. The world is divided into 2 spheres with each vying to conquer the other by making them do an "about-face". The end goal is to capture the Emperor by locking it in. When you want a great strategy game to challenge the imagination, Dragon Face is it!
Dvonn is a challenging stacking game with very simple rules. It is played with three red Dvonn pieces, 23 white pieces, and 23 black pieces. The players must try to control as many pieces as possible by building stacks, preferably by jumping on top of their opponent's pieces. While doing so, pieces and stacks must remain linked to the red Dvonn pieces. If not, they are out of the game. When no more moves can be made, each player put their stacks on top of each other. The player with the highest stack wins the game! This two-player family strategy game takes about 30 minutes to play.
Eternas is a fun new 3-dimensional strategy game of four in a row. The rules and concepts are simple enough to appeal to kids from 6 to 96 yeas of age. But, don't let the simplicity fool you. While Eternas is quick and easy to learn, there is a depth of strategy that will keep you thinking. Eternas is a four-in-a-row style game in which the first player to place four bead of their color in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally, wins the game. Conceived around the shape of the circle (the symbol for eternity) Eternas was designed for borderless play.
With simple and straightforward rules, Exago is a fascinating family game. Each player starts out with 6 colored tiles (in 2 player games, each player gets 12 tiles). To win, you just need to be the first to place four of your hexagonal tiles on the grid in a straight line. Easy enough. But the challenge and strategy of good offensive and defensive tile placement becomes extremely obvious after just the first game. Each move requires planning for anticipated future moves such as in chess and other strategy games. Simply put, Exago is an fun and addictive game that everybody will want to play again and again!
- Fire and Ice
Fire and Ice is a Mystic Struggle for a Great Line of Power! This is a two-player abstract strategy game with a twist! Players actually place opponent's pieces as they move to gain control of the islands. Capture three islands in a row, by controlling three points in a row on each. Fire and Ice is a strategic, move-and-place game with shifting strategies, that increases in complexity until one player wins. There is a minimum of 9 moves each, and a maximum of 24 moves for each player. A new move gives depth and fluidity to this game of few rules, on a board of extraordinary symmetry. For two players, ages 8 and up. This quality wooden game is a Mensa Select award winner!
Fits is basically multi-player board game version of the popular video game Tetris. One to four players try to skillfully fill in the spaces using shapes that are made up of three, four, or five blocks. Cards are drawn that tell the players which piece to use next. They then slide the piece down the inclined ramp to try to arrange the differently shaped tiles in the best way possible in order to obtain the most points. After four rounds, all points from the previous rounds are added up and the player with the most points wins! Fits is a fun family game that will puts everyone's spatial reasoning to the test.
Be the fist to escape the maze in Gyges! The objective is to move a piece from one side of the game board to the next. The pieces can be moved by both players, but you can only move those which are closest to you, which are therefore the furthest from the end! The height of each piece indicates the distance it can be moved, either one, two, or three paces; but by finishing on an occupied space, the piece can jump off and move further. Will you manage to string together enough successive jumps to reach the end? The rules are simple, and combinations infinite and the principle is original: Gyges is a quite revolutionary game!
Hexover is a fun and fast-moving new strategy game of reversing momentum. Hexover takes a new twist on play pattern with roots dating back to England is the 19th century. The play pattern, which consists of trapping and flipping opponents disks, is familiar to people worldwide who have played Reversi or Othello. Hexover is a game of planning, positioning and rich strategy. The obvious move, may not be the best! The rules have been drafted so that there is always a winner, no ties, stalemates, or cat's games. Hand crafted from high quality hardwoods, Hexover is pretty enough to be left out on the coffee table or bookshelf to be played again and again.
Ingenious is an amazing game for one to four brains! Are you ingenious? You are when playing this extraordinary game! Combining fun game-play, great components, and real strategy, Ingenious will have you quickly addicted. Developed by acclaimed game designer Reiner Kniza, this game features simple rules, quick playing time, and a clever scoring system that makes this one game you won't want to miss. Ingenious is a Mensa Mind Game of the Year Winner for 2005.
In Isolate players can experience the strategy of separation! Grab your color tiles, arrange them on the game board, and isolate your tiles first to win! Simple to learn, but challenging enough for experienced competitors. Isolate is perfect for the entire family! Contents of Isolate: 16 tiles, Gameboard, Instructions.
- Khet Laser Strategy Game
Khet is the game that combines lasers with classic strategy! Players alternate turns moving Egyptian-themed pieces having two, one or no mirrored surfaces. All four types of pieces can either move one square forward, back, left, right, or diagonal, or can stay in the same square and rotate by a quarter twist. Each turn ends by firing one of the lasers built into the board. The laser beam bounces from mirror to mirror, and if the beam strikes a non-mirrored surface on any piece it is immediately removed from play. The ultimate goal is to illuminate your opponent's pharaoh, while shielding your own from harm! Batteries are included.
- King's Table
King's Table is a 1,500 year old forerunner of chess! It is an exact replica of the game played in A.D. 400, as found in Lapland in 1732. It was played by Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Finns, Icelanders and Russians. The Vikings carried the game all through Europe down into India/Persia and as far south as Baghdad. This Viking game consists of 25 pieces divided between two unequally matched sides. It is a game of attack and defense. Either side can play an aggressive game, or can suddenly switch tactics. The problems for each side are different, so try playing alternative games on different sides and see who wins the most games. The game board is made of wood with a hinged top for storage and measures 9" by 9" by 2".
- Knock Your Blocks Off
Stack 'em up... Knock 'em down! First, race to build a structure by matching up the patterns on your blocks. Then use the demolition die to knock down your opponent's crowns! Depending on what you roll, you may get to attack with an avalanche of boulders, a wall-smashing ogre, or even a fire-breathing dragon! Rack up the most victory points and crown yourself king of the block!
Kulami is a fun, tactile game of strategy for two players. Ten wooden tiles are arranged to form an ever-changing board on which opponents compete to capture the largest number of tiles. Players take turns placing marbles so that each new marble must be placed horizontally or vertically in relation to the last marble played. By placing their marbles cleverly, players can limit their adversary's possible moves and gain the advantage to clinch the victory. High-quality wooden tiles and beautiful red and black marbles make for an eye-catching addition to any room, as well as hours of strategic gameplay for two players. ages 10 and up. Mensa Select award-winner.
A great two-player strategy game! Mix Up takes seconds to learn and minutes to play. Get four in a row - one player goes for shapes, the other for colors. Upset your opponent's plan, while shaping your strategy to win. Ages 8 to adult. 2 players. 15-20 minutes per game. Molded plastic game board with parts storage.
The aim of the game is to line up 4 of your balls in a row. But hold on a minute! A player cannot move a ball individually or with a ball of their own color. Moves MUST be made with an adjoining ball of their opponent's! The two balls are then moved together as a single unit, in any direction. Simple rules, intricate play.
Pathagon is an exciting, ever-changing new strategy game of building paths. While Pathagon is quick and easy to learn, there is a depth of strategy that will keep you on your toes. Players take turns placing their wooden game pieces on the board in an attempt to build a path from one side of the game board to the other. There is a trapping move that allows a player to trap and remove one of their opponents game pieces from the board. The first player to complete the path wins. Sounds simple, doesn't it? The catch is that the two paths cross. Every move has an offensive and defensive consideration. Pathagon is simple enough to be played by children, strategic enough to engage a true gamer.
- Pillars of Plato
Pillars of Plato is a great two player strategy game! It is easy to learn but hard to master. Start with all the pieces in the reservoirs and the poles clear. Players take turns placing one piece at a time on a pole, trying to line up four in a row of their own color. The line can be diagonal, horizontal or vertical. Four in a row wins the game! This lovely hardwood game would be at home on your coffee table or your desk.
Pixel is an abstract strategy game where players try to get three in a row to win. Each player chooses a color and places a piece in the center of the game board then the sliders are lined up with the first players piece in the intersection. One slider is moved to create a new position for the intersection and you put your piece in that spot. Players then take turns moving only one of the sliders and places their pieces in the newly created intersections. If you manage to not set up your opponents' next move and get three in a row -- vertically, horizontally, or diagonally -- you win! A fun, cross-action game of strategy for the whole family.
In Pylos each player has fifteen wood balls and has a chance at placing their last ball at the top of the pyramid. But their can only be one winner in Pylos. Skillful moves will determine if the winner is you! Pylos has won the Mensa's Top Five Best Games award, and the Parent's Choice Gold award among others.
Pull apart the pyramid! In this simple yet elegant strategy game, take turns removing one cube at a time from the pyramid stack. As cubes come out, others will slide down towards the base. Plan your moves carefully as the bottom-most cubes are worth big points at the end. And watch out for cobras that may drop in and take a bite out of your score! For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up.
Quadefy is a fast playing new strategy game played in three dimensions. Easy to learn and quick to play, Quadefy uses visual spatial skills and strategies that will keep you on your toes. When playing Quadefy, you have to think a little bit strategist and a little bit puzzle builder. Players take turns stacking their game pieces on the base, each attempting to keep their entire game piece in bounds. In bounds means that the piece must be completely over the game base and no more than four cubes high. The first player to force their opponent to have to play out of bounds, wins. Every move is both offensive and defensive, making Quadefy very fun to play.
Shift the Spheres to Form a Triangle in the Ruins of the Pyramids. A fun and easy to learn game in which a winning triangle pattern is formed by moving balls along passages under the Great Pyramids. Quadtria is a casual, easily understood, yet compelling game, where strategy shifts like desert sand and a watchful initiative is essential.
Quoridor is an award winning strategy game for two to four players! Move your wooden pawn across the board to the opposite side, as your opponent puts up wooden fence pieces, blocking your path. Can you get your pawn across and block your opponent from doing the same? The path is different each time you play!
Quixo is a simple but not simplistic game, whose rules can be learned in just thirty seconds. Anyone can play! Line up 5 cubes in a row, pushing your lines of cubes horizontally or vertically. This is one of the few strategic games that can be played by 2 or 4 players (in teams). Quixo plays like a very advanced version of Tic Tac Toe where one tries to get five in a row. The game can be learned in a few minutes and moves along quickly.
Combining tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy, Qwirkle is a game that has players mixing and matching colors and shapes to score and win. The game consists of 108 thick wooden blocks with six shapes in six colors. Players score points by building lines that share a common attribute - either a color or a shape. Although the game is quickly learned, it soon becomes apparent that strategic thinking is crucial to scoring high. The challenge of Qwirkle is logical and clear enough to engage kids but complex enough to appeal to adult competitors. The player with the highest score after all of the tiles are placed wins the game!
- Qwirkle Cubes
Qwirkle Cubes is a twist on the award winning game of Qwirkle. As in Qwirkel, players try to score points by building lines that share a common attribute - either a color or a shape. In Qwirkle Cubes however, players have more control over their hands because they can roll and re-roll their dice to try to get the shapes they need! Everyone can see what is in each others hands so players' offensive and defensive planning will change constantly. When you create a line, you score points for each cube in that line. If you add to an existing line, you score points for all cubes in that line as well. Complete a line of six cubes to make a Qwirkle and score six bonus points! The player with the highest score when all the cubes are used up wins the game.
Originating from ancient China, Rolit is played with 2 to 4 players. Its ingeniously simple rules are easy to follow for anyone from age 7 and up, making Rolit an outstanding family game. Rolit is exciting and unpredictable because anything can happen at any stage. One well placed move can change the outcome of the game. The object is to block your opponents' playing pieces and capture them by rolling their colors over to your own; you win when you have the most playing pieces showing your color.
- Rush Hour - Ultimate Collector's Edition
This coffee table version of the classic Rush Hour game is packed with 155 challenges spanning five levels: Beginner to Grand Master. It is complete with a raised game board, parking spaces for the cars and trucks, a billboard to hold the challenge being played, a storage drawer for all the challenges and an exit ramp! The sleek, new look keeps players solving challenge after challenge in style! Escape! That's the goal. Rush Hour is a premier sliding block puzzle designed to challenge your sequential-thinking skills (and perhaps your traffic-officer aspirations as well)!
- Senet Board Game
The classic game of Ancient Egypt! The Senet board measures 16"x5" and features a drawer on one end for storing the playing pieces and the rules (included). Senet is an ancient Egyptian board game similar to backgammon. Each player has 5 pawns which travel around a 3 by 10 board in an S shaped path. Movement is dictated by the throw of 4 sticks (black on one side and white on the other) which can produce a 1,2,3,4, or 6, (5 is not possible) depending on how they land. As in backgammon, the objective is to bear all of one's pawns off first.
- Set Cubed
Set Cubed offers the familiar game play and look of Set the card game in a dice format. Players try to connect their dice with those already on the game board to build SETs of like shapes, colors, or symbols. Bonus points on the board allow you to rack up points and Wild dice help you make SETs where they might otherwise not be possible. The more SETs you make up, down, and across the board, the higher you score!
Discover Six, an elegant and subtle game of shape and strategy where the goal is to be the first to form one of three winning shapes with your pieces. Plan ahead your winning moves while keeping a keen eye on your opponent as defeat is often dealt by surprise. Play one-on-one or in teams. Great for travel!
What's your angle of attack? In Spectrangle, you angle for the best spot on the board in this fast-paced game of skills and numbers. Strategically place your game pieces where they will earn you the most points . . . while making it harder for your opponents to place their pieces. The more sides you match, the more you mulitply your score. Score the most points to win the game!
- Spin & Trap
Spin & Trap is a unique strategy game where both offensive and defensive strategies are required for victory. On their turn, players try to trap one of the three green marbles on the game board so that it is surrounded by their colored marbles by using either the 3-marble rotator or the 6-marble rotator. The first player to successfully trap and capture two green marbles wins.
- Spy Wire
In Spy Wire, a ticking time bomb is seconds away from exploding and you've got to diffuse it before it blows! You'll need to think quick, and move your fingers fast to find the hidden parts to your opponent's bomb. Sliding the circuit-board tiles in all directions to create virtual connections will allow you to probe his devious device. Decoys are everywhere. But if you can manage to solve your opponent's puzzle and dismantle his bomb, you win!
Strategy skills get stepped up a notch once space runs out on the playing board and the game continues on top of the previously played pieces! Then each player tries to cover up their opponent's pieces, for in the end, it is the more exposed player who comes out the winner!
Unlock the power of your mind with Telepathy. This abstract strategy/puzzle-solving game combines deduction, logic, intuition, and more as you go head to head with the other players to see who can be the first to guess their opponent's secret square. Each Telepathy game board has nine colors and nine symbols spread throughout the eighteen rows and columns. On each turn your objective is to find out information about your opponent's secret square by making a guess and recording the response. Be the first player to determine your opponent's secret square to win Telepathy! If you like the games Sudoku, Mastermind, or Battleship, then you'll love Telepathy.
- Terra Nova
Players lead nations in this new world where the most valuable resource is the land itself. The clever system of movement and boundary-building gives you the tools you need. However, it is your strategic vision which will ultimately decide whether or not you will rule Terra Nova. Contains game board, 88 border stones, 44 pioneer playing pieces, and 4 scoring counters. For 2-4 players. Ages 13 and up.
If you love new twists on old classics, if you love games of strategy-planning and if you love controlling where your opponent can play... you will love Tic-Tac-Ku! It is a great and new adaptation of the old classic Tic Tac Toe! Tic-Tac-Ku is the durable wooden game that is full of strategy that really makes you use your marbles and much more! Tic-Tac-Ku is played on square board with nine 3 x 3 square playing zones. Each player controls where the other player must play. Tic-Tac-Ku involves a lot of skill and strategy in order to win.
This simple and extremely exciting pattern recognition strategy game will have you outwit and trick your opponents with every move! Your goal is to build out as many geometric patterns to score points. But watch out, your opponents may try to block you to make their own Trangos, so place your pieces wisely, as the player with the most points, wins!
Playing Trappex is little bit like reuniting with an old friend. While it is comforting rekindling childhood memories with the time tested Dots and Boxes play pattern, there is still something new and different how the game has grown up in the meantime. Even though Trappex is quick and easy to learn, there is a depth of strategy that will keep you alert from your first move till your last. To play, players take turns placing their wooden wall pieces on the board, attempting to complete squares while preventing their opponent from doing the same. The player with the most completed squares at the end of the game wins. Trappex is simple enough to be played by children, strategic enough to engage a true gamer.
Trapture is the game of connect, trap, and capture! Squiggle your way to victory with this tactical strategy game of connect and capture. Starting from the edges of the board, players take turns placing their Squiggles game pieces. Players crate Squiggle highways around the board, capturing pegs along the way. Surround a peg on at least four sides, and it's yours! Be tactical - a well-planned move can even capture two pegs at once. The player who 'traptures' the most pegs wins!
Zertz is played with 5 white, 7 gray and 9 black marbles and 37 round tiles. The tiles are used to assemble the board; the marbles are in a pool. Each turn you must place one marble on the board and then remove a free tile. The aim is to capture 3 white, 4 gray, 5 black marbles or 2 marbles of each color. To capture you must jump with a marble over another marble. It sounds easy, but both players play with the same marbles and the board gets smaller with every move. Thus, the players are forced toward a situation where every move is a crucial one... when you create a trap for your opponent at the wrong moment, you may find yourself caught in the trap.