Quarto Mini is a game of attributes and anticipation. Players share 16 pieces with four physical characteristics: color, height, shape, and hollow or solid. The object of the game is to be the one to place the fourth piece in a row where all four pieces have at least one attribute in common.
The challenge is that your opponent gets to choose the piece you place on the board. This element is why Quarto Mini is such an extraordinary game. As each player tries to outmaneuver the other, there is a constant need to anticipate each other's move. Quarto Mini is not for the fainthearted or for those who take losing personally.
The Quarto Mini board is 7 inches square. Although the game is strategically rich, it is easy to set up and plays quickly, making it an ideal take-along game. Quarto Mini can even be played with a younger child if you allow him to choose all the pieces or limit the adult to winning only with predetermined attributes.
At the start of the game, the pieces are arranged at the side of the board.
The Object of the Game:
To establish a line of four pieces, with at least one common characteristic on the board. The sequence of pieces may be across the board, up and down, or along a diagonal.
The players throw dice to see who starts. The ﬁrst player selects one of the 16 pieces and gives it to his opponent. That player places the piece on any square on the board; he must then choose one of the 15 remaining pieces and give it to his opponent to put on an empty square, and so on.
Winning the Game:
A player calls "QUARTO!" and wins the game when he places the piece given to him and creates a line of four Pieces. They can be either light or dark, round or square, tall or short, solid or hollow pieces.
End of the Game:
Game winner: A player who calls and points out a "QUARTO!" or all the pieces have been placed, and no winner is declared.
16 wooden pieces
Manufacturer's Information Manufacturer: Gigamic Designer: Blaise Muller Age Recommendation: 8+ Grade Recommendation: 3rd+ Faith-Based: No Consumable: No Set Includes: Game board, 16 wooden pieces, instructions, cloth bag Number of Players: 2 Play Time: About 10-20 minutes Size: 7" x 7" x 1.6" Copyright: 1991 Made in: China
Awards and Endorsements from:
Games Magazine “Games 100 Selection”
Parent’s Choice Top 25 games in 25 years
Mensa Select Top 5 Best Games
Parent’s Choice Gold Award
Toy Award – BENELUX
Jouet de l’année-Game of the Year - BRUSSELS
Best Bet of the Toy Testing Council – CANADA
Prix d’Excellence des Consommateurs-Consumer’s Toy Award – Quebec, CANADA
Game of the Year – FINLAND
Dé d’Or des Créateurs de Jeux – Paris, FRANCE
Oscar du Jouet-Toy Oscar – Paris, FRANCE
Super As d’Or Festival International des Jeux-Super Golden Ace – Cannes, FRANCE
Spiel des Jahres-Game of the Year – GERMANY
Giocco Dell’anno-Game of the Year – ITALY
Speelgoed Vant Jaar-Game of the year – NETHERLANDS
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.