Pentago Multiplayer – Twisting fun for more

Pentago board game

Step up your Pentago game.

Taking a fun 2-player abstract strategy board game and turning it into a similarly fun abstract strategy board game for more players can be difficult. But the folks at Mindtwister managed to make it work well with Pentago Multiplayer.

Just over a year ago we reviewed Pentago and gave it high marks for a number of reasons. Pentago requires strategic thinking, planning ahead, and watching out for what the other player might be up to. A single game of Pentago is also rather quick – making it nice to play multiple games back-to-back – employing different strategies and tactics each time.

Pentago board game

So many options…

Since we enjoy the simple elegance and head-to-head nature of Pentago, when we had a chance to play Pentago Multiplayer we wondered if the game could maintain the elements that make the original so enjoyable.

The good news is that Pentago Multiplayer is another abstract strategy game that’s very enjoyable – and can now be enjoyed by more people at one time.

How to Play Pentago Multiplayer
The objective of Pentago Multiplayer and the way you play it is exactly the same as the original. Players compete to be the first to get 5 of their tokens/markers in a straight row – in any direction (vertical, horizontal, diagonal). Each player does two things on their turn – they place one of their markers on any open spot and then they twist one of the sections 90 degrees.

Pentago board game

So fun to twist.

It’s very simple – which makes it easy to pull out and play with anyone. The tricky element is figuring out how to get your markers in a row without the other players noticing before it’s too late to stop you.

The part that makes Pentago Multiplayer trickier than the original is that players now have to keep their eyes on the actions of more opponents. It’s easy to get caught up in moving your own plans ahead while forgetting to keep an eye on the others. And when there are 3 opponents, there’s more to watch out for – which adds to the enjoyment.

Mix It Up
Of course, Pentago Multiplayer can also be played with less than 4 players. A 3 player game of Pentago Multiplayer can make for a fun battle and it’s even great with just 2 players – having more area to work with (a board with 9 versus 4 segments in the original). Or you can choose to team up – 2 vs. 2 or even 2 vs. 1. Mix it up and have fun.

Cool Board and Markers

Pentago board game

Double-sided player markers.

Just like the original Pentago, the board, or playing area, in this game is fantastic. What makes the game work so well are the moveable board segments. A simple twist can change everything. The only tough segment to twist is the middle one, as it takes a little work to get big fingers under the edge to lift it to twist. But that doesn’t hold us back any.

And while the player markers are just simple plastic discs, you may not think much about them. However we think they’re notable because they’re double-sided. One set of markers has blue on one side and red on the other while the other set has green on one side and yellow on the other. Sure it’s a simple thing, but it’s still pretty cool. (And there’s a couple draw-string bags to keep them safely together in the box while on the shelf.)

How does Pentago Multiplayer score on the “Let’s Play Again” game meter?
Pentago board gameLike the original Pentago board game, Pentago Multiplayer scores high on the “let’s play again” game meter. While it may last longer than the original version, it’s still just as easy to start a new game right after one finishes. You may not get as many plays in over a game session, but more people can be involved – which is more fun for everyone.

Thanks Mindtwister – Pentago Multiplayer is yet another great family board game.

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