As a child, were you strangely obsessed with the classic Connect 4 game? I sure was! I wanted to play multiple times a day. I couldn’t form the concept then, but I loved the underlying strategic nature behind the simplicity of connecting four colored pieces in a row. I loved trying to predict what the other player would do, setting her up to do what I wanted her to do, and then delivering the final blow for the win. You will love the simple way that Brix ramps up and amplifies that strategy by adding a dimension to aligning color.
Brix Mini Gameplay Overview
The basic mode of playing Brix is just to align four blocks of the same color. The advanced (and better!) way to play is to align color OR symbol! Win by simply aligning four of your color (blue or orange) or four of your shape (X or O).
You will love this additional dimension for your kids or grandchildren! It is really easy to set your brain to connect several blocks of the same shape. It’s even easier to set your brain to connect four of the same color. But to jump back and forth between the two is a mental exercise (meant literally in that you exercise your brain to jump between contexts) that is so good for a child. I picture this exact strength when they become teenagers and adults trying to solve a complex problem by thinking “outside the box.” They won’t be locked into just one way of thinking. They will be able to jump between situations or perspectives.
Each brick you play also has an attached brick of your opponent’s color and shape! So you need to be particularly aware of the entire landscape or you could easily help your opponent win. This dimension is fantastic for kids in looking through choices to unintended consequences. We try to teach our kids this principle constantly (“There are consequences to every choice you make whether you realize it now or not!”). This game is a very simplified method to teach the basic concept that can hopefully plant that seed in their brains.
The pieces themselves are really solid and brightly colored. The markings are indented (not just painted on a flat surface). They’re surprising fun to handle and play with, and we’ve even pulled the game out just to play with them as blocks.
Scoring & Wrap-up
Overall, I give Brix a solid 7.5 out of 10 for the following reasons:
- Principle-based learning/teaching
- Simple strategy
- Quick gameplay
- Sturdy and colorful pieces that can take a beating!
- They fall down if you play on the carpet (so don’t play on the carpet!). =-)
Brix is a very quick game (8-10 minutes per game) that you can pull out, play, and have cleaned up in no time at all. It’s a great “filler” game for those gaps between school and dinner or clean-up and bed time. It’s quick, fun, mentally-challenging, and very worth the investment.
Disclaimer: I received this game for free in exchange for my review, but believe me, I post authentic reviews every time and will be brazenly blunt if needs be.