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!
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!
The objective is to be the first to form a line of 5 of your own symbol. This is achieved by placing a cube at the end of a line and pushing it into place, which has the effect of changing the position of not 1 piece, but 5.
Celtic Challenge is a board game of chance and strategy. Featuring rustic playing tiles evocative of those found in castle ruins, this timeless game brings Celtic symbology to life. Ancient legend has it that no one, be they of royal blood or mere serf, has ever accomplished the nearly insurmountable "Celtic Challenge" - sweeping all of the Celtic Tiles from the playing board. Are you up to the task of being first?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Be discreet and secretly win! Each players is the only person to know which color is their own and should try as discreetly as possible to ensure that this is the majority color across the playing board. Players take turn placing a colored pyramid on the board. These form piles -- and the color of the pile is determined by the piece at the top. If a player places a piece on top of a pyramid of the same color, they cancel each other out and are removed from the game. When all pieces have been played, the player whose color holds the majority on the board wins the game!
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.
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!
Mine Shift is the maze game of shifting strategy. Move a jewel, rotate a tile, or shift the board. Your choice of these three basic moves lets you navigate your jewels through the mine shaft maze. The simple rules will have you playing in minutes but you must dig deep to master a strategy and outwit your opponent! Ever-changing tiles create a new game every time you play.
Similar to Othello and Connect Four, the object of Miracle Five is to be the first player to get 5 of their pieces in a row in any direction in order to win the game. The game pieces are blank on one side and have a special symbol on the other. Blank pieces can only move up, down, left, or right until they have been flipped over to reveal the special symbol side after they have been moved once during the course of the game. Pieces with revealed symbols can now move in any direction available. The first player to get five in a row wins the game. Easy to learn and fun to play, Miracle Five is a unique abstract strategy game for players ages 6 and up.
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.
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!
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 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)!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Tylz! (rhymes with "smiles") is a magnetic color-matching and spatial relations puzzle game that comes with 80 all-different "L"-shaped tiles. The object is to select a tile from your rack and place it on the board such that it matches as many existing neighboring colors as possible. As the game progresses the board becomes a mosaic of color with ever-greater challenges and ever greater opportunities to score.