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A vertical shaft board is set up; the side border and the bottom border parts are placed according to the chosen variant for shape or color - in the core game for shapes. In a game of four players you take one complete set of pieces in one color; in a game of three, players share the fourth set of pieces evenly among each other, and in a team game of two teams or a game of two players you play with two complete sets per player or team.

The active player drops any of his pieces into the shaft and scores for the highest level into which the piece protrudes when it has settled - one point for each level - and for touching of bonus circles, in relation to the size of the circle. However, you only score if your piece does not violate any of the taboos. Those taboos are: The piece touches a piece of the same shape or the same color, or touches a symbol of the same shape or the same color at the side or the bottom, or the piece protrudes the top edge of the shaft. When all pieces have been placed, you win with most points.

In the Beginner version, you play without bottom parts and side taboos; in the color version you only consider color taboos; in team play teams 1 and 2 alternate to play, each team has only one scoring marker. In the Joker version you can discard a joker when a taboo has been violated, unused jokers are worth 3 points each at the end.

The simple basic idea of Batik by Kris Burm - alternate to place pieces until one protrudes on top and the game ends - has been developed here into a sophisticated games with bonuses and taboos, using shapes and colors, very simple in its rules, but sophisticated and sometimes startling!


Players: 2-4

Age: 8+

Time: 30+

Designer: Bernhard Lach, Uwe Rapp

Artist: Andreas Resch, Fiore GmbH

Price: ca. 30 Euro

Publisher: Kosmos Verlag 2018


Genre: Placement

Users: For families

Special: 2 players

Version: de

Rules: de en nl

In-game text: no



Basic idea very sophisticatedly adapted

Very nice components

Simple, easy rules


Compares to:

Batik, vertical placement games


Other editions:

999 Games (nl), Kosmos (en)


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