Well-designed, colourful, and easy to pick up but hard to put down, Ingenious is a stylish yet challenging strategy game for all ages. Read more in our full Ingenious game review.
The basic premise of Ingenious is to score points for yourself while stopping your opponents scoring. This is done by placing coloured tiles on the board to form lines of your colour and shape. Winner of the coveted “Spiel des Jahres” award in 2008, this fantastically replayable game by designer Reiner Knizia is a good choice for a board game investment.
Simple & fun for a wide range of ages
The rules of Ingenious are simple and clear, and we think the game would be easily understood by anyone aged 8 and up. In a nutshell, you place your coloured tiles on the board and aim to cluster as many together as possible – the more linked tiles, the more points gained. However, as you play with more than one colour, and the tile-drawing is random, you have to plan ahead and not just go all-out on your first colour. When the board is full, the points are calculated and the person with the most is the winner!
Due to the random nature of the game, the board layout will never be the same twice, and this is what gives Ingenious its replayability factor. The board is fairly large and needs to be flat at all times, so we would suggest playing this game on a dinner table.
In the box
120 coloured tiles
- Game board
- 1 tile bag
- 4 tile racks
- 4 scoreboards
- 24 counters
- Rules sheet
We think this is a fairly inexpensive game for the amount of time you can get out of it.
Ingenious Game Review Conclusion
Ingenious is a well-priced, simple and addictive game for all ages, so it would be great for family time. It involves using your brain to play strategically, but not so much that it becomes boring – and the filled board make a very pretty mosaic by the end of each game!
This could be a great stocking filler at Christmas or an unusual birthday present for a child or adult alike.