Blokus

Blokus

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
Click here for the official rulebook

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.

BASIC SCORING #

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

Whoever has the fewest squares wins!

ADVANCED SCORING #

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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