- Deck of 27 Goal Cards X
- 4 Cardboard Player Screens
- 114 Stackable Plastic Number Tiles
- Drawstring Cloth Tile Bag
- Illustrated Instructions
Object of the Game
To have the most points at the end of the game. You score points by placing tiles that match shapes on goal cards. The higher the stack of tiles in the shape, the more points you'll score!
Place the numbered tiles in the tile bag.
Place the gameboard and deck of goal cards (this forms the draw pile) in the center of the table
Prepare a scoresheet with the name of each player along the top.
Flip two goal cards and place them face-up near the gameboard.
Give each player a screen to set up in front of them.
Draw five tiles from the tile bag and place one tile on each of the green shaded areas in the center of the board. IMPORTANT: Only use tiles numbered 3,4, or 5. Return any tiles with the numbers 1 or 2 to the bag.
Each player draws three tiles from the bag and one goal card from the draw pile. Players place their tiles and goal card behind their screen.
Each player then announces the sum of their three tiles. The player with the highest total will go first.
If there is a tie, the tied players return their tiles, take 3 new tiles, and all players announce their sum again (repeat the process until there is a clear highest sum to determine the first player).
On your turn, choose one of the following actions.
Draw one goal card from the top of the deck and place it behind your screen.
Draw three tiles from the tile bag and place them behind your screen.
Place any number of your tiles on the gameboard. Read "Placing Tiles" section, below, for more details on tile placement.
You may also score goal cards before, during, and/or after you take your one action. See Goal Cards &. Scoring section for details.
Then the next player takes their turn (play passes to the left).
Note: At the end of your turn, if you have more than seven tiles or more than three goal cards you must discard until you have seven tiles and three goal cards.
Discarded tiles are returned to the bag. Discarded goal cards are placed face-up in a discard pile.
When you choose to place tiles, you may place any number of your tiles on the board, one at a time. You must place a tile adjacent to at least one other tile already on the board (diagonal is not adjacent).
You may also stack tiles on top of other tiles as long as:
- The two tiles are different colors. AND
- The tile on top has a lower number than the tile it is covering (with the 1 tile being the lowest tile number in the game).
When placing tiles, you are trying to place them in such a way that you form the shape on one of the goal cards in the center (that everyone can use) or one of your personal goal cards. This is how you score points.
You can also place tiles simply to play them (this strategy can be helpful towards the end of the game, especially when you are in the lead).
Goal Cards & Scoring
You score points by matching a goal card to the tiles on the board.
Everyone can attempt to score the 2 face-up goal cards, but only you can score the hidden goal cards behind your screen.
When you score a face-up goal card, immediately replace it with a new card from the deck. This ensures there are always 2 face-up goal cards available. Discard scored goal cards face-up (besides the draw pile) to form a discard pile.
You must match the shape and also use the same color tiles as depicted on the goal card. Score one point for each tile that forms the shape, including all covered tiles. (The higher the stack of tiles, the higher your score will be!)
When forming a shape to match a goal card, the shape may not have "extra tiles" of the same color adjacent to it. For example, you cannot form an orange "L" shape if there is an extra orange tile on any space adjacent to the orange "L".
You only score goal cards on your turn and may score any number of them. After you score a goal card, immediately add the points that you gained to your score on the scoresheet.
You may score goal cards before, during, and/or after you take your one action.
In general, you will need to place tiles to score goal cards, but occasionally you may be able to score without placing tiles.
For example: You may have a goal card (behind your screen) that matches a shape that is formed on the board. During your turn, if you see a shape that matches one of your goal cards, reveal the goal card and score for that shape.
If the goal card draw pile runs out and you need a new card, flip the discard pile face-down to form the new deck (do not shuffle).
End of the Game
The game ends at the end of a player's turn when all four corners are covered by tiles.
The player with the highest point total wins the game.
Note: Late in the game, a player in the lead may play a tile or tiles on their turn, to cover the remaining corner squares of the gameboard (All tile placement rules still apply).
This will quickly "force" the game's end. By doing so, the player can seal the win!