Kulami, a 2013 Mensa Select Winner, is a two-player strategy game that is very simple to understand and play but not as simple to win. The goal of Kulami is to occupy the majority of the tiles with your color of marble.
Players alternate placing marbles, knowing that where you place your marble determines where your opponent can place his. So, with careful planning, players can limit their opponent's options.
Kulami's wooden tiles and glass marbles are well made and have tactile appeal. Because the wooden tiles can be arranged in any manner you choose, this game will have lots of replay value.
Each player chooses a color and collects the marbles of that color. The 17 wooden tiles are placed edge-to-edge to form the game board in whatever design you choose.
In turn, players place their marbles in the empty holes on the board. The first marble can be placed anywhere on the board. From there on, players must respect the following three rules when placing their marbles: The marble must be placed either horizontally or vertically in relation to the marble the opponent has just played. The marble cannot be placed on the same tile the opponent has just played their marble. The marble cannot be placed on the same tile where the player set their previous marble.
End of the Game:
The game ends when all marbles have been played or when a player cannot play their next marble according to the game rules.
To facilitate the counting of the points, players can dismantle the board. Each player collects the wooden tiles where their color prevails. The tiles with the same number of black and red marbles are put aside and are not counted. Each tile counts for as many points as the number of holes it has, regardless of how many holes have been filled with marbles. For example, a tile with six holes gives the player six points; a tile with four holes gives the player four points. The player with the most accumulated points wins the game.
Manufacturer's Information Copyright: 2013 ISBN: 8717344310888 Manufacturer: Foxmind Canada Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 10+ Faith-Based: No
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
Awards and Endorsements: 2013 Mensa Select Winner!
review by Roads to Everywhere
”Kulami is very easy to learn and involves strategic thinking, not just random chance. I would say that it’s more of a challenge than checkers but not as complicated as chess, which hits a sweet spot for us.”