How to Play Blokus

Fast to learn, easy to read and understand how to play Blokus rules.

Suitable for 2 – 4 players | 15 – 25 mins duration | Recommended age 7+ | Game complexity: EASY Genre: Abstract Strategy,Territory Building Solo game mode: No Co-op: No Online Version: No
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What is the goal? #

Fit as many squares as possible on the board.

Game setup #

  • Each player takes 21 pieces in their chosen color.
  • Choose a player to go first, and play proceeds clockwise.

Gameplay #

Each player’s first piece must cover a corner square.

How to play Blokus - Starting Pieces

  • Players take turns laying down one piece at a time.
  • Every new piece must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners.
  • Pieces of the same color cannot touch along the sides

How to play Blokus - placing pieces
  • Different colored pieces may contact each other without restriction.
  • A piece cannot be moved once it is on the board.
  • If a player is unable to place a piece on the board, that player must pass.
  • If neither player can place any more pieces, the game ends.
how to play blokus rules

How do you win? #

Choose between basic or advanced scoring for your game.


After the game ends, players count the squares in their remaining pieces.

Whoever has the fewest squares wins!


Each player counts the number of squares in their remaining pieces:

1 square = minus1 point.

A player earns +15 points if all of their pieces have been placed on the board plus 5 additional bonus points if the last piece they placed on the board was the smallest piece (one square).

Whoever has the highest score wins.

Blokus Example Scoring

Game Variations #

2 Player Game Rules #

  • One player controls blue and red, and the other controls yellow and green.
  • Player order is blue, yellow, red, green
  • At the game\’s end, scores are calculated by counting the squares in both colours controlled by each player

3 Player Game Rules #

  • Each player chooses a colour
  • Player order is blue, yellow, red, green
  • Remaining colour is shared and played alternately by each player
  • Final scores calculated in the same way as the standard game rules with the score of the shared colour being disregarded.
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