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Qubic: Garage sale treasure.

Qubic

God bless the garage sale. This weekend we were fortunate enough to get to attend a neighborhood garage sale in Shiloh, Illinois. And why, pray tell, would we be interested in garage sales? Three words: Used Board Games.

One such game that we discovered as we roamed that neighborhood was Qubic. It’s an abstract logic game, which made me drool. Basically it’s tic-tac-toe, in three dimensions, on a 4x4x4 grid. And let me be the first to tell you that the third dimension and extra square makes this game much much more challenging than your usual game of x’s and o’s.

The rules are pretty simple: Each player takes turns placing a single chip of their color on the board. The goal is to get four chips in a row. This could mean four chips lined up on a single level, or this could mean one chip per level, making a column or diagonal. That’s it, rules explained.

If the box cover didn’t given this fact away, this game is old. Rather old. It was published in 1953, although subsequent publications have been made at least as late as 1971. However, if you are looking for a copy of this game, it appears that Ebay might be your best bet.

Ultimately, this wasn’t the best abstract logic game I have ever played, but for fifty cents, I certainly couldn’t go wrong. It’s still more fun and interesting than some other games I have played. If you spot this one at one of your local garage sale, I would recommend spending the small amount they want, and giving this one a whirl.

This entry was posted by The_Null_Entry on Monday, October 4th, 2010 at 12:11 pm and is filed under Abstract Logic Games, Board Game Reviews .
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5 Comments

  1. parkrrrr says:

    Another related game you might find in a garage sale is Score Four, which is like a cross between Qubic and Connect Four.

    You can play Score Four with your Qubic pieces by adding a house rule that it’s not legal to play above an empty space.

  2. Ooo… Thanks for the house rule! Thats a really interesting variation. :-)

  3. twixter says:

    You can play this game online against the computer at http://members.cox.net/javacoco/

    Instructions to play the above link are at http://files.boardgamegeek.com/file/download/1e97rxnwcx/Fourcube_online.txt?

  4. Very neat link. Thank you Twixter!

    Please make sure you have the instructions up as you play the first time! I thought I could just “figure it out” on my own and nearly gave up. With the instructions it makes much more sense.

  5. David J. Bush says:

    Here’s a new link for the Java Coco emulator:

    http://www.haplessgenius.com/mocha/

    The instructions link still works.

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