One ceramic tile board and 16 hand crafted wooden cubes delivered in a solid card box.
Box size is 7 x 14 x 3 cm (2.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 in) and weight is 230 grams.
Ceramic board size is 6 x 13 x 1 cm.
Wooden cube size is 1.8 x 1.8 x 1.8 cm each.
yNumber of Playersz: Two
yPlay timez: 5 ~ 20 minutes
yBoardz: 1 x 5 squares board
ypieces and starting positionz:
Each player has their own 8 color cubes. There are symbols printed on three faces of the cubes. The other three faces are blank. There no cubes on the board at start of the game.
Players take turns and make one move at a time. Each player alternately places one cube on any square or on a cube already placed.
Each cube must be played with a symbol face-up. Cubes can be placed up to 3 stories (storeys) high except that a player can place a cube at 4 stories (storeys) high on the final winning play.
Play is very simple but strategic. There are 36 placement variations on the first turn. ( 3 squares x 3 symbols x 4 angles = 36) Thus, there are 1,872 placement variations in the first round with two players.
ywinningz: There are three ways to win the game.
To make 4 in-a-row with the players own color: horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
When we look at from left, right and upper angle, we count the cubes them without regard to their horizontal or vertical level.
To make 4 in-a-row with the same symbol regardless of the pieces' color: either horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
Four Symbols in-a-row disregards which player's pieces make up the 4 pieces.
To make two sets of 3 in-a-row with the same symbol regardless of which player's cube or color make up the set: either horizontal, vertical or diagonal.
I did mistake. Left photo shows green player won to make 4-in-a-raw with own color cubes from upper angle. I noticed it from backer's message. Thanks a lot and I am very sorry. LOGY GAMES creator Mitsuo Yamamoto. 27/Jan/2016
A player can only create a 3 in-a-row set if it contains a majority of their own color cubes (2 or 3).
Natural color created one 3 in-a-row horizontal with two of his own cubes. He canft win immediately but it is his advantage. He can win the game at his next turn by making an additional 3 in-a-row. In the example above: Set 1 is the 3 Fuji-sans in the horizontal view, Set 2 is the 3 Sakura in the overhead (upper angle) view.
We recognize 3 or 4 in-a-row from 5 angles which are; front side, back side, left side, right side and upper side.
You must always evaluate sets from five angles. This photo shows the natural color winning.
This game is a mixture of simple yet strategic rules. Every game may suddenly be won due to a small careless mistake.
This is a very typical careless mistake. If the second player places their cube with the same orientation as the first player, the first player can easily create two sets of 3 in-a-row.
Play is easy but even the game geek players can enjoy strategic games.