How to play.
The object of the game is to fill the board by connecting tiles to tiles on the board by matching color first and secondarily, when possible, by matching shapes. The winner is the person with the fewest tiles at the end.
This is a luck and strategy game. You draw tiles randomly, but the better you are at thinking ahead, the more tiles you will play, and the more completely the board will be filled. This is a game of color. Challenge yourself as you learn to think in a new way. It’s easy when you get the hang of it.
The object of the game is to fill the board by connecting tiles to tiles on the board through matching color first and secondarily, when possible, by matching shapes. The goal is to be the person with the least amount of tiles at the end.
Tiles are placed edge to edge by matching color. Color must touch.
Pick your first player: who has the next birthday? First player draws one tile out of the bag and places it in the center of the board.
If you are the first player, draw four tiles from your stack, and lay them face-up in front of you. Try to connect one of these four tiles to the center tile by matching at least one color. Make sure the color touches, and the tiles line up. If you can’t play any tiles on the first turn of the game, pass to the next player. If no player can match a tile to the center tile in the first turn, each player draws one new tile from their stack in turn till someone can connect to the center tile. That player then continues as the first player.
Once you’ve matched to the center tile, keep building onto the tiles on the board with your remaining face-up tiles.
Color has to match and touch on all connecting tiles.
Now here’s the fun part: If you are able to match a shape on a connecting tile in addition to the color, you get to flip (draw and lay face-up) and play an additional tile from your stack. You can have a total of three flips per turn. You can play your remaining tiles or save them till your next turn.
Then pass to the next person. At the beginning of each turn, if you have less than four face-up tiles in front of you, replace tiles to four.
Wild tiles: Black and white “wild tiles” can be used anywhere, they do not have to match colors. You can create the opportunity to flip a new tile by matching your wild tile shape to a shape on a tile on the board. You can fill notches and holes on the board, also thinking about matching adjacent shapes. Wild tiles are especially useful for filling any holes that cannot be filled with two-color tiles. You can play your wild tiles at any time, but they are most useful toward the end of the game, as options become more limited.
Ending the game As the board fills up, options become more limited. It is more difficult to place tiles. The moment one player can not play any tiles, the last round has begun. Subsequent players have one last chance to play. The winner is the person with the fewest tiles remaining.
Feel free to go through the pile and find matching tiles to complete your picture! When putting away your tiles, remember to keep the wild tiles separate so you don’t have to search for them next time.
Alternative Ways to Play
- Try dividing up your tiles by color combination. How many combinations are there?
- Try playing solitaire. Just pull tiles directly from the pile, lay them in groups of four face up in front of you. Build from the center as in the regular game. Can you fill the entire board leaving no holes? You can keep score by counting the number of tiles remaining at the end, but it’s fun to just build a design with your tiles.
- Of course, you can use the tiles any way you like! You can make designs and patterns using color and or shape in any way you choose. It’s all about creation!