Posted by James (admin) on 8th October 2010
Ingenious goes by several names (such as Genial and Mensa Connections). Ingenious is a good name for an English version as pulling out a game called Mensa makes most players wince at the idea and they have to be convinced to ignore the name and discover a really good game. Fortunately, I think it was only called Mensa in the UK.
Ingenious is an abstract game where players place tiles with coloured shapes on in order to score points. The tiles are made of two hexes and each hex shows one of 6 different colours (shapes). Players take turns placing one tile from their hand of 6 tiles.
When a tile is placed, both colours on the tile are scored – you score 1 point for each matching colour that can be traced in every direction from the tile in an unbroken line (neither of the colours on the tile itself count). It’s really simple and I’ll give an example using the screenshot on the right: A tile is placed in the right-most column just below the two red stars already present with a red star is at the top and yellow circle at the bottom. This would score 3 red points and 1 yellow point. If a player reaches 18 points in any one colour, they immediately take another turn. Read the rest of this entry »