We received Quixo from Timberdoodle Co in exchange for our fair and honest review. We are under no obligation to write a positive review and would never recommend or promote a product we didn't love or find useful in our homeschool journey. Quixo is part of Timberdoodles 4th grade curriculum kit. I used this game with my 11-year-old rising 6th grader and my 14-year-old rising 9th grader. Like most products we've gotten from Timberdoodle it was a real winner in our household.
Quixo is a unique strategy game that really helps work those critical thinking muscles. The game includes the gameboard, 25 engraved wooden cubes, and the instruction book. It can be played with either 2 or 4 players. The basic rules remain the same for either way you choose to play but, the 4-player game adds another level of strategy. The aim of the game is to get your 5 symbols (X's or O's) in a row. You can do this horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.
To play you take a blank cube turning it to your symbol and replacing it to the end of the row by sliding down the other cubes down together. After your first turn you can choose to take a blank cube, or you can take one bearing your symbol and move it in the same fashion until someone makes 5 in a row. You can never remove one of your opponent's cubes from the board. If in creating 5 in a row for yourself, you cause your opponent to get 5 in a row you loose and your opponent wins.
The 4-player game has the same rules as above but with some added difficulty. The X and O cubes have dots on them, and this comes into play with 4-player game. Teammates will sit across from each other for this game. So just like in the 2-player you take a blank cube or one with your symbol on it. The twist is for you to take a cube with your symbol the dot has to be facing your side. So, you and your teammate have to be careful when putting your cubes back onto the gameboard. Winning happens in the exact same way.
We really enjoyed Quixo and have added it to our family game night rotation of games. We prefer the 2-player version to the 4-player, but we do play both. It took my kids a few times playing to really start figuring out a strategy vs just constantly trying to block their opponent from winning. It's a little like chess in that aspect that you have to try and win while simultaneously keep your opponent from winning. The sweet simplicity, ease of set up, and simple to follow rules make this a perfect game for all ages.
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