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Rating: 6.8 Good
Difficulty:Very easy
Players: 2-2 players
Playing time: 20 minutes

Created by: Blaise Muller

Published by: Back Alley Games, Family Games, Inc., Fundex

Alternate Names: Mind Game, Quarto, Quarto Deluxe, Quarto Mini, Quarto Pocket


Quarto! has a 4×4 board and 16 pieces. Each piece has four dichotomous attributes - color, height, shape, and consistency - so each piece is either black or white, tall or short, square or round, and hollow or solid.

The object is to place the fourth piece in a row in which all four pieces have at least one attribute in common. The twist is that your opponent gets to choose the piece you place on the board each turn.

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  • A board with 16 squares.

  • 16 different pieces each with 4 characteristics: light or dark, round or square, tall or short, solid or hollow.


At the start of the game, the pieces are arranged at the side of the board.

Object of the Game

To establish a line of four pieces, with at least one common characteristic on the board.

The line of pieces may be across the board, up and down, or along a diagonal.

Game Play

The players throw dice to see who starts. The first player selects one of the 16 pieces and gives it to his opponent. …

The main objective of this activity is to learn how to classify and arrange the pieces depending on a common denominator.

The teaching sheet proposes several intermediate exercises to get pupils accustomed to the different pieces of the game and teach them to group pieces according to a common criterion.

Obectives of the exercises:

  • Exercise 1 a Familiarise pupils with the materials.
  • Exercise 2 a Recognise and describe characteristics of an item.
  • Exercise 3 a Recognise common characteristics shared by several items
  • Exercise 4 a Recognise if an item belongs to a group or not.
  • Exercise 5 a Group items according to an imposed criterion.
  • Exercise 6 a Solve easy logical problems by using notions of group, complementary and negation.

Once these exercises are complete, pupils will be able to play a game in its simplest version and will have achieved the following: …

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