I am teaming up with the folks at the Have Fun and Play Podcast (https://havefunandplay.com/) on Instagram @havefunandplay and we are sharing our Top 10 Most Replayable Games in celebration of Groundhog Day. What makes a game replayable? There are a lot of different reasons that you might want to play a game over and over. I look forward to sharing my list and hearing from you what games are replayable and why as well.
Qwirkle is a colourful game that is easy to understand and appreciate right away. Most everyone will have a familiar feeling when playing because of it’s similarity to crossword games like Scrabble.
Players begin with 6 wooden blocks depicting shapes and colours (instead of words). Players add blocks to the central play area, adjacent to at least one previously played block. All the blocks must be played in a line and match either all the same colour (but different shapes) – or the same shape (but different colours) of the adjacent block(s). There can be no duplicates in any line of blocks.
That concept is much easier to explain and absorb with a quick example in-person rather than in words on a page. Qwirkle is a very light family game. So light that it’s “lightness” becomes a big part of the appeal and why it is so “replayable” for me. The best part of every game of Qwirkle is the conversation that comes out while we focus and share the common experience of the game.
Yes, there are rules for Qwirkle. And there is some tension, a bit of player interaction as players can block each other (or possibly themselves) from future scoring, and plenty of interesting choices. But at it’s heart, Qwirkle is a simple game that you can bring out to play just about anywhere (including outside on a windy day) and is not very demanding of your attention. And for me, gaming has always been about the people I meet and game with – much more than the actual games we play together. I imagine an afternoon playing Qwirkle feels a lot like it did one-hundred years ago when friends would get together for games of dominoes, checkers, bridge or canasta, talking, gossiping and laughing through the experience.
What do you think? What makes a game replayable in your opinion? What are your favourite games to replay over and over? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.