Get Four in a Row to Win
- What: Gobblet game
- When: 6 years and up
- Why: Fun, quick, easy to learn
- Where: Amazon
This family games pits two players against each other in a race to connect four pawns in a row across, down, or diagonal. Each player gets twelve dark or light pieces. Pawns come in four ascending sizes: small, medium, large, and jumbo. Players take turns placing one pawn on the four by four grid in an effort to connect four in a row.
While the strategy sounds simple, there’s a catch. Players can place a piece on top of any smaller piece, so medium pieces can go on top of small ones, and large pieces can go on top of medium or smaller pawns and so on. What’s more, each player can choose to pick up a piece already on the board, revealing what’s underneath, in an attempt to connect and win the game.
This game requires zero literacy skills, but can frustrate younger players. It puts adults and kids on a fairly level playing field, with a slight edge given to players with better recall. While the game only takes around twenty minutes to play, it offers plenty of challenges to keep kids coming back for more. All the pieces pack nicely inside each other and the wooden box. The top slides off to reveal the storage space, and flips over to provide the playing surface.
If you want a fast-paced game where the entire family can enjoy challenging each other, look no further than Gobblet.