Find congruencies


Illico is a game on words, or, to be more exact, on congruencies between words or generic terms for two words or phrases fitting two words/terms:

Players form two teams facing each other, the Deck of Illico cards is stacked and covered with the Cache card; each team is given three jokers. Now you agree on a number between 1 and 12, which determines the line to use on the respective cards.

The active team draws a card and looks at the valid line, the other team turns over the sand timer. Each line on a card names two terms and the active team must now find a term or a phrase that fits both terms and name this term or phrase, that is, hold up the card so that the opposing team can check the solution on the back side of the card. When the answer is correct, the other team draws a card, etc. until the timer has run out. The team not holding a card when the timer runs out wins this round. While a team is searching for an answer it can use a joker to be told the first letter of the answer or to draw a new card.

You would like an example? Question: Pictures and a singer; answer: Album! Question: Cannon and sugar; answer: Powder! Question: Frisbee and music? Answer: A disc!  The first team that wins three such rounds also wins the game.

Illico is a very nice and well-made game mechanism for fans of such games and a real challenge for all that want to test their French vocabulary; some terms work well in other languages too, some don’t. In any case Illico offers a fantastic opportunity to test vocabulary and associations, a German edition would be much appreciated and a wonderful idea!


Players: 2-8

Age: 14+

Time: 30+

Designer: Julien Sentis

Artist: Stéphane Gantiez

Price: ca. 15 Euro

Publisher: Cocktail Games 2012


Genre: Word game

Users: With friends

Special: Many players

Version: fr

Rules: fr

In-game text: yes



Good test for French vocabulary

Practical storage in a tin

Attractive design


Compares to:

Other word and definition games; new mechanism for congruencies


Other editions:

Currently none


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