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[caption id="attachment_327" align="alignleft" width="150"]BlokusBox The Blokus box[/caption] The idea is simple. The result is fun! Take a simple plastic board of 400 squares. Pass out 84 various-shaped pieces in four colors amongst four people. Instruct them to fill the board, matching corners. Then enjoy the game as each person outsmarts and becomes outsmarted. Mattel’s Blokus elicited cries of “I love Blokus!” when brought to our testers.   [caption id="attachment_326" align="alignright" width="399"]The game The game[/caption] [clearboth] It’s as much for adults as children. Rated for ages 5 and up, our family almost-5-year-old enjoyed it with some help when we first got it and now at 5½ she’s been playing on her own. I’ve played with her and our family 12-year-old — and I haven’t won a game yet. A friend reports that when he and his wife play with their daughter, they’re trying to get a handle on the defensive while she’s got her defense down and goes on the offensive. With no moving parts or battery requirements, this is an excellent game for all family collections. Around $26 A Mattel board game. Also available in other forms and for computers.

Recommended by Deborah Shadovitz