Title: Quantik (Mini Version)
Designed By: Nouri Khalifa
Gigamic and Hachette Board Games UK
Player Count: 2
Time to Play: 15 Minutes
Did you love Tic Tac Toe, but wished it was more of a challenge? Let me introduce you to Quantik, Tic Tac Toe's big brother. Quantik is a two player, very abstract, quick to play, brain burner.
What's purr-ty cool:
Complexity: Quantik is one of my favorite types of complexity, easy to learn but still thinky. The rules are so simple, yet you really need to think about each move before you make it or you back yourself into a corner super fast. You get two sets four different shaped pieces and on your turn you place one on the board. That's it. The only rule you need to follow is that you cannot place your piece in a row, column, or quadrant that contains a matching shape in your opponents color. If you place the 4th unique shaped piece in a row, column, or quadrant, you win. Even if all the other pieces are your opponents. It's so simple, but as each row, column and quadrant only have four available spaces, the board gets crowded fast and you really have to think a few moves ahead in order to not block yourself down the road. As you only have a limited number of spaces, there is some depth but it is also not overly complicated.
Components: Quantik does not have a whole lot of pieces, but the pieces it does have are super nice. The player pieces are all wood, and the board is as well. The board is nice and thick and has a good weight to it. It was a great decision to go with wood over plastic as it makes the game feel fancier.
Good on the Go: Looking for a game that is small enough to fit in your bag and does not take up much table space. Want a game you could play in bed or outside on a windy day? Quantik Mini is a great choice for you! It's hefty so it won't blow around, but it is so small you can play it almost anywhere.
The cat's meow:
"You would think I wouldn't want to nap on pointy blocks, you would be wrong!" - Solo the Spokescat
Disclosure: Pudgy Cat Games was provided a copy of this game in exchange for a review, however, this review reflects the honest thoughts of the author.