Symbol groups and pyramids


100 rectangular tiles show five symbols in five colors - a green dot, blue star, orange square, purple circle and red sun. Each tile shows either two identical or two different symbols.

You begin with five tiles on your rack and a scoring marker per symbol on slot 0 of your scoring board. As the active player, you place a tile from your rack on the main board; this board varies in size with different numbers of players. Then you score the tile, maybe place a pyramid and refill your rack. Your first tile must be placed adjacent to one of the symbols printed on the board, then there are no placement restrictions, you can place adjacent or isolated, with or without color correlation. Both halves of a tile are scored separately - you count identical symbol adjacent to the half, which is not counted itself. If you place a pyramid in a single empty case, that cannot be filled with a tile, you score one point for each adjacent symbol. If your marker reaches 18 for a color, you announce “Axio” and have a bonus turn. If, before replenishing your rack, you have no tile showing the color with the fewest points on your scoring board, you can discard all tiles and draw five new ones. When no tile placement is possible anymore, you win if your scoring marking in last place is the furthest advanced on of all players’ markers in last place.

Did you say ingenious? Exactly, it is ingenious, how Ingenious has been adapted here; square cases and tile halves instead of hexes, variable board size and scoring as we know it, pyramids as gap stoppers for a new element - an attractive variant of the bestselling classic game.


Players: 1-4

Age: 8+

Time: 45+

Designer: Reiner Knizia

Artist: Claus Stephan

Price: ca. 23 Euro

Publisher: Pegasus Spiele 2017


Genre: Placement, group formation

Users: For families

Special: 1 player

Version: multi

Rules: de en

In-game text: no



Adaptation of Einfach Genial

Same mechanisms, changed details

New are pyramids to fill gaps

Good for both casual and experienced gamers

Solo variant included


Compares to:

Einfach Genial, games forming symbol groups


Other editions:

Currently none


Chance (pink): 2

Tactic (turquoise): 2

Strategy (blue): 0

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

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Interaction (brown): 2

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0