Brikks Review

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Brikks - Stronghold Games - $19.95
Brikks Review - Cover

Game title: Brikks

Game description: Immerse yourself in the world of retro-game consoles by "dropping" Brikks blocks onto your game sheet!

Overall
3.3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

You can almost hear that familiar tune as you open Brikks. Korobeiniki, or “Type A” as many know it from the NES days. You may even find yourself humming the tune as you fill in boxes on your sheet in this roll and write from Stronghold Games. That’s because Brikks captures the feel of the classic video game, Tetris, more than any other tabletop game that has tried.

Pros

Easy to follow rules

Classic Tetris feel

Cons

Included felt-tip markers are not ideal for play

Full Brikks Review

You can almost hear that familiar tune as you open Brikks. Korobeiniki, or “Type A” as many know it from the NES days. You may even find yourself humming the tune as you fill in boxes on your sheet in this roll and write from Stronghold Games. That’s because Brikks captures the feel of the classic video game, Tetris, more than any other tabletop game that has tried.

Playing Brikks is fairly straight forward. Every player gets a felt-tip marker, a clear token, and two sheets off the scoring pad, one to play on and one to flip as use as a reference. Every turn the game’s two dice are rolled and a quadromino is “dropped” and added to every player’s sheet. Which quadromino is determined by the dice, one which determines the color and one that determines a column as listed on the reference sheet.

Player’s must best stack these quadrominos to form lines, which is the main way of scoring points. There are ways to earn Energy points, which allow you to rotate quadrominos, as well as ways to earn extra points by scoring multiple lines at once of earning excess amounts of Energy. Brikks also allows you to use up to 3 Bombs to get rid of pieces you absolutely can’t use. Once every player has no available space left to drop a current quadromino, the game ends and is scored.

It can be quite tricky, and sometimes tense if you’re stuck with a piece that’ll really screw you over, but you’ll find that Brikks is a lot of fun. It’s even more fun if you scrap the markers that come with the game and give each player a set of 5 colored pencils matching the colors of the pieces. While the markers are “OK”, they’re the one part of the game that takes you out of the whole Tetris-like experience a bit. Using your own colored pencils really completes the game and keeps it fresh, fun, and familiar.

Brikks can be found at your local FLGS, or online, for $19.95. If you’re a fan of Tetris, or roll and write games, give it a shot. Just make sure you make some copies of the score sheets. If you’re anything like my kids you’ll be going through sheets like toilet paper. There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by since Brikks came in that they haven’t played a few times.

A copy of Brikks was provided by Stronghold Games

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