Ubongo is a fast-paced, addictive, and easy-to-learn geometric puzzle game. Players race against the timer and against each other to solve a puzzle of interlocking shapes. The faster you solve the puzzle, the more gems you get. The player with the most valuable gem treasure after nine rounds of solving puzzles wins!
Here’s how it works: Each player receives a set of 12 tiles. The tiles are polyominos — geometric shapes formed of equal-size squares joined edge to edge in different arrangements. At the start of each round, each player gets a new puzzle board. A roll of the die determines which tiles you must use to perfectly fill in the empty spaces on the puzzle board. Any players who complete the puzzle within the time limit yell out “Ubongo!” and grab a gem at random from the bag. The fastest player also gets a blue gem and the second fastest an amber gem. Each gem color is worth a different amount of points. After nine rounds, the player with the most valuable gem collection wins. Download the free companion app, which helps you learn how to play the game, and includes a game timer, a solo game timer, and solution keys.
Author: Grzegorz Rejchtman
Number of Players: 1 to 4
Length of Play: 25 min.
Manual Pages: 2
Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.6 x 2.8 in.
Product Weight: 3 lbs
Manual Dimensions: 11 x 11 in.
Batteries Required: N/A
Country of Origin: Germany
Year Released: 2015
2015 Parents' Choice Silver Award
Good Housekeeping's 2015 Best Toy Awards
2015 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award
2017 Imagination Gaming Maths Gold Award Winner
2017 Imagination Gaming Problem Solving Award Winner
2017 Imagination Gaming Family Gold Award Winner
2018 Casual Game Recommended (awarded by Casual Game Insider magazine)
Educator Assets / At Home Activities
Kosmos Helper App
Would you prefer to have the rules of this game explained to you instead of reading the rulebook? If so, download the Kosmos Helper App. In the app, you can find animated explanations of the instructions and other helpful features for a selection of Kosmos games. Available on iOS and Android devices, find the app by searching “Kosmos Helper App” in the iOS App Store or in Google Play.
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