Quarto! has a 4x4 board and 16 pieces. Each piece has four dichotomous attributes: color, height, shape and consistency. So each piece is either black or white, tall or short, square or round, and hollow or solid. The object is to place the fourth piece in a row where all four pieces have at least one attribute in common. The twist is your opponent gets to choose the piece you place on the board every turn.
How To Play: Each of the 16 pieces has 4 different attributes. The aim is to line up 4 pieces which share the same attribute. The problem is you can't choose which piece you're going to play your opponent chooses for you. So, on your turn, choose a piece for your opponent to place. The first person who lines up four pieces with a similar attribute wins!
BGG Neil Thomson:" The Challenge - Despite Quarto’s apparent simplicity, the game is much more challenging than it appears. With 8 features to keep track of and 10 possible lines in which to achieve that victory it can be very easy to not see a potential winning feature and select the wrong piece for your opponent. Thus the game allows the players to set up cunning pitfalls for the other player to fall into. This invariably leads to... "The Doh! Moment" - This is the x-factor that can make some games darn addictive. It’s that realisation that you’ve made a stupid move but you know you can do so much better, so you just want to play one more game and get it right! Quarto! has this in spades." Read the entire review here.
BGG stormseeker75:"The game certainly deserves its Mensa Select award, to say the least." Read the rest of the review here: "Most people own a chess set... replace it with Quarto"
BGG Jolene Ramm:"Simple rules, elegant pieces...I think that this should be a new classic. I can't believe more people don't have this game!"
BGG Tyler Tinsley:"A really good abstract game. High level of strategy if you take the time to look, low level thinking fun if you don’t. I just love the board and pieces. The raised board makes a really satisfying sound when a piece hits the board."
BGG John Longden:"Bought and played the full-size wooden version alot at home before turning my own mini-set to take to the pub. The big version still sees play at home while the mini has saved me from boredom on many a train/bus trip. Simple, elegant rules with a lovely execution. "