Quarto (includes travel size version)
Quarto is an absolute must have for strategy enthusiasts!
Think connect four meets chess, with a little social deduction for extra fun.
Quarto is simple enough to learn quickly and complex enough to have unlimited replay value. Not just that but it has been a staff favorite in our bar for many years, and now comes in a travel size for even more convenience.
Quarto is an abstract strategy game with deductive reasoning that consists of a 4×4 board, with 16 pieces. Each piece has four dichotomous attributes – colour, height, shape, and consistency – so each piece is either dark or light, tall or short, square or round, and hollow or solid.
The object of the game is to place the fourth piece in a row in which all four pieces have at least one attribute in common. This can be in straight or diagonal lines. But wait for it, there's a twist. Your opponent gets to choose the piece you place on the board each turn and you get to choose theirs.
Adventurous players can even up the anti by creating not just lines of the same kind but squares as well.
The winner is the player to call Quarto on their turn, with any 4 same attributes in a line. Meaning you win whether you place the final piece yourself or are observant enough to call a matched line during your turn that your opponent missed.
Game Time: 15 minutes