Of the new games from Gamewright this season, Qwixx is the most challenging but ultimately our testers liked it once they got the hang of the game play. The set comes with six dice, two white, one red, one, blue, one green and one yellow. The color of dice is important to how the game works. The set also comes with 100 score sheets that have numbers that are color-coded.
The "active" player first rolls the two white dice. The player then takes that number and crosses it out on one of the color-coded lines. Other players can follow suit but they are not required to do so. The active player combines one of the white die with one of the colored die. That number and color is then marked off on the corresponding line. Other players can again do the same, but are not required to do so. The dice then passes to the next player.
What complicates the game is that once you mark off a number on the color-coded grid you can not mark off any future number to the left of that number. Trust me, this makes sense and adds to the challenge of the game. There will be times when you can't mark any numbers off-- you then have to check off the penalty box. If you mark off all four penalty boxes, the round is over.
At the end of the game points are given for the number of marks on each line. The penalties are taken off your score. The player with the highest score wins.
While this is marked for 8 & up, we'd say more like 10 and up unless your child is very at ease with dice/math games.
Age: Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2014.