MFG: Blue Orange Games
#of Players: 2
Age Range: 7+
Overall Construction: So the game Brix is mostly comprised of solid, hard plastic pieces. 11 for each player. The X’s and O’s are embossed into the Brix and they are painted to be more visual. The rule book is a glossy booklet with multiple ways to play the game. The box is nice and solid and has form fitted insides, but I think I would rather see this game in a canvas bag or some smaller packaging. As it is the box is bigger than it needs to be.
Gameplay: As I said above, the rulebook provides you with 3 different ways to play the game. I recommend, that if you want a longer or shorter game to adjust the amount of items of you’re trying to match up.
This game plays just like Connect 4. You stack Brix in various positions trying to make a straight line or a diagonal line of 4 items (X’s, O’s, Blue, or Orange depending on which rule set you use). When placing pieces they will form a wall of sorts in between the 2 players. Since the pieces have both colors and both shapes you need to be very careful when placing pieces to make sure you do not give your opponent the win.
Yes/No Recommend: This game is a wonderful freeform version of connect four. Being able to place the tiles anywhere helps make this game great. Regular Connect Four is so restrictive with its cage, preventing you from extending outward farther or up higher depending on how the game plays out. The strategy in the game stands out too. It is more than just Tic-Tac-Toe and more than Connect Four.
We really liked the idea of having each player have to match a specific color and shape (One person having to get Blue X’s/Orange O’s or Blue O’s /Orange X’s). It felt like this method of play made things more difficult. I will say that I don’t think anyone will be playing marathons of this game, but it has replay value and is probably good for 30 minutes of play between 2 people.
Where To Get It: This game is slowly creeping into stores, but as always I recommend checking with your local game or hobby shop. For more information on this game and other Blue Orange games visit their website here. http://www.blueorangegames.com/index.php/games/brix