Staying in an old farmhouse in France we have found this game. unknown game image 1 unknown game image 2 There is a 4x4 board with 8 black and 8 white pieces. Does anyone know what this game is called and more importantly how to play it.


That looks like a set of Quarto to me. There are eight dark/eight light pieces, eight tall/eight short pieces, eight round/eight square pieces and eight pointed/eight flat pieces. Usually the fourth attribute is hollow/solid, but the game works in exactly the same way with pointed/flat.

To play the game start with all the pieces off the board, and the first player chooses a piece for the second to place. After it's placed, the second player chooses a piece for the first player to place. Play alternates in this way until a player places a piece that creates a set of four in a straight line that all share a characteristic (e.g. four round pieces in a row). The first player to make four in a row wins.

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    Note that the color of the piece doesn't correspond to a player as you might instinctually think. Both players choose from a common pool and color is just one of the characteristics. – Argyle Aug 19 '14 at 1:36
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    It's also a delightfully fun game. It's very quick to play, and you can go through quite a few rounds in an evening. – Simon Rose Aug 19 '14 at 18:58
  • I'm presuming this is a custom or limited edition version. Probably custom. It's really really sweet looking. – LovesTha Jan 23 '16 at 7:07

The game is called Gobblet (rules PDF).

Players (2 only) alternate placing (and then shifting already placed) pieces on the board attempting to be first align 4 gobblets (ie pieces) in a row, either horizontally ,vertically, or diagonally.

Players start with only the 3 largest pieces each, and larger pieces can gobble-up smaller ones (of either the opponent or it's own colour).

  • I have never heard of Gobblet, but after viewing some pictures and reading about how it is played, I am beginning to think that Quarto is a derivative work and that maybe both games could be played with the same set of pieces. – Pow-Ian Aug 18 '14 at 18:01
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    Gobblet requires pieces which nest in order to work. The pieces in the photo don't nest. I have copies of both Gobblet and Quarto, and while they're both attractive wooden-pieced games they most definitely don't use the same pieces. – Argyle Aug 19 '14 at 1:00
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    @Argyle Thanks for that piece of info, it was not obvious to tell them apart visually. After reading your comment I saw this, which helped. – user8301 Aug 19 '14 at 11:27

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