Patchwork is a two-player game where players compete to create the most high-scoring patchwork quilt. The game is easy to learn, designed for ages 8+, and game play lasts for approximately 30 minutes.
To start, each player gets their own individual empty quilt board and five buttons to start (buttons are basically money that you use to purchase patches to create your quilt). For setup, lay out all the patches in a random circle around the main game board and place a marker next to the smallest patch in the game.
Players take turns to either purchase a patch, or move forward on the game board to obtain more buttons. Each patch has two values. First, how many buttons you have to pay to obtain that particular patch and place it on your board. Second, the amount of spaces you have to move ahead on the game board after purchasing that patch. A player can only purchase a patch located three spaces clockwise of their current position.
In addition to these two values, some patches contain special button values, that reward the player at certain points in the game. Each time you pass a button symbol on the game board, you collect “rent” in the value of how many special buttons you have represented on your quilt.
There are additional free 1×1 patches on the game board which can be obtained by reaching that space on the board. Whoever passes one of these patches on the game board gets to immediately put it on his/her quilt.
Last, if you are the first player to complete 7×7 grid on your board, you earn seven bonus button points for your score at the end of the game.
The game ends when players complete their journey to the end of the game board. They will then add up the empty spaces on their quilt and multiply that number by two. Subtract that number from the total number of buttons you have and that is your final score. The player with the highest score wins.
Why Your Kids Will Love This Game
I play Patchwork all of the time with my 11-year-old and 7-year-old daughters. Since it is a two-player game, we are always trying to figure out who gets to play first. We usually use paper-rock-scissors to decide.
They tell me that they love the game because it is “fun” and “interesting.” I think they love it because the premise of making a quilt is exciting for kids. The game is colorful and the puzzle aspect of making the quilt is just enough of a challenge that kids love.
Alternatively, I love playing Patchwork with my kids because it is a great educational tool; it teaches counting and basic math, makes them use strategy and think ahead, and helps them think about their use of space on their board. Also, it helps get them away from being glued to their iPads.
Inside The Box
- 1 neutral token
- 2 time tokens
- 2 quilt boards
- 1 two sided central time board
- 33 patches
- 50 button tiles
- 1 rule book
I really love Patchwork not just for playing with my kids, but for playing with my girlfriend as well. It is a great mix of casual game play, strategy, creativeness, competition and fun. If you are thinking about buying the game, please do so at the following link, so I can enjoy a small commission. Buy Patchwork HERE. Enjoy!
For my more visual learners, here is a quick video overview by The Board Game Vault:
For shits and giggles, in case you wanna watch another video, here is a great two-minute overview by The Rules Girl:
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