Two players are given 15 marbles each. They take turns to make a pyramid. Simple rules allow them to save their marbles. The winner is the player who saves the most marbles and is thus the last to complete the pyramid.
_How To Play: A simple design, but a good strategy game. Be the player that places the final ball at the top of the pyramid. Sounds simple enough, right? Like in Go, 2 players square off with their colored pieces, in this case dark or light balls. The board has 16 hollows that allow a pyramid to be built. The goal is to be the one at the top. The strategy comes in even as the first few pieces are placed on the board; if you can get a "square" formed (4 balls of your color adjacent to each other on the same level), you can remove any 1 or 2 of your pieces (that don't support other pieces) and put them back in your reserve. Even if a square formed is not all one color, a piece-saving move is available called "stacking." Anywhere a square is formed, a player can move a piece up a level, onto the square. This can effectively lock some pieces down, at least for a little while. It also allows the player to make a play without using a piece from their reserve.
BGG Bruce Connal:"DISCLAIMER - THIS IS THE GAME THAT GOT ME INTO ABSTRACTS AND BOARDGAMES AGAIN. I give this game such a high rating partly as I admit I do see it through rose-tinted glasses but also through gaming logic. It succeeds in what it sets out to do. It is a quick basic abstract which has a surprising level of stategy within a simple concept but due to the speed of play does not suffer from analysis paralysis and quickly becomes competitive with all types of players. From a cold sterile look at the game ok it may only justify a 7 or 8 but after 100 plays with friends, flatmates and family it prompts many happy memories and certainly some great nights. If you like long heavily themed games stay away but if you want a quick five minute game to decide who does the washing up this is worth a look. Little note: if you do decide to buy, go for the travel version as the more expensive version adds nothing to the experience."