Our newest game (provided by review) for the whole family is Quartex from CSE Games. It’s designed for ages 8+ but younger ones can play with help. My 3 year old almost figured it out for himself! It’s equally fun for adults though too!
You get square tiles that have a quarter of a shape on each corner. Place the tiles so that you are matching up the corners to try to complete a shape. If you place the last tile to complete the shape, you earn a token!
The fun twist is that it’s not just the one with the most tokens wins! At the end of the game, the value of the tokens depends on how many of each token was earned. So if there are 5 star tokens left, each star token is worth 5 points. If 1 circle token is left, each circle token is worth 1 point. So the strategy comes in as you decide how best you can place your tiles to complete the shapes that are represented the least in the game (so they will be worth the most!)
The game continues until there are no more tiles left or none of what is left can be played. Add up your score and see who wins, then play again!
Hidden Benefts – My 3 year old figured out early on to match the shapes and colours and could figure out how to match two different corners, he just had trouble with 3. The older players learned strategy when there was more than one place they could put their square.