5 vor 12

Hard Choice of Numbers!


Five to twelve in this case does not mean, that it is very nearly too late, but means literally Five before Twelve! Why? Well, aim of the game is to be the First to fill your own board made up from 4x4 squares with numbers, according to the rules. The game features numbers 1 to 20, in four colors. One set for each player is laid out and shuffled face down, in the course of the game colors are not important.

At the start each player draws a number and places it on one of the four squares on his board marked with a dot, and repeats this three times to cover all four dots. Already in this stage you should try to adhere as well as possible to the aim of the game: To fill the grid with numbers in ascending orders in each row and each column. Then in turn you draw a tile and place it on the grid. You can swap this tile with one already in the grid or not place the new tile at all and put it back. Swapped and not accepted tiles are put back open-faced and can be picked up by other players instead of a face-down one. Remember! Each row and each column must show ascending numbers, but they do not relate to each other. If someone fills the last square in his grid with a correct number, he wins instantly. If someone picks up the last face-down tile, the game ends and you win with the fewest empty squares in your grid.

5 vor 12 absolutely conforms to the motto of the new Series „Simply play“; it is a quick, good game creating a lot of tension: Will they leave the 11 for me which I could use so nicely or will I have to draw? In all groups so far we immediately started a second game at the end of the first one!


Players: 2-4

Age: 8+

Time: 15+

Designer: Michael Schacht

Artist: Walter Pepperle, KniffDesign

Price: ca. 14 Euro

Publisher: Ravensburger 2012


Genre: Placement game with numbers

Users: For families

Version: de

Rules: de

In-game text: no



Part of the new series “Simply play”

Very easy, simple rules

Quickly mastered, fast to play

Fun and challenging


Compares to:

Finito and other number placement games


Other editions:

Currently none

Chance (pink): 2

Tactic (turquoise): 3

Strategy (blue): 0

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

Communication (red): 0

Interaction (brown): 1

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0