Dots and boxes

Number of players
2
Recommended age
7+
Competition type
all vs. all
Playing time
3
-10 min
Difficulty
Normal
Cost or investment
Free

Brief description of the game

In Dots and Boxes players join dots trying to create as many squares as possible.
Table of contents

How to play "Dots and boxes"

Set up before start playing

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PLAYERS

2 to 4 players. 5 years and older

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REQUIRED OBJECTS

Pen and paper. If possible, use different colored markers for each player, although it is not essential.

THE GAME BOARD

A square mesh of dots is drawn on the paper. How many? For two players minimum 3×3, increasing one more point for each additional player (4×4 for 3 players…)

If you have graph paper you can use the vertices of the squares as dots.

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WHO'S FIRST?

Pen and paper. If possible, use different colored markers for each player, although it is not essential.

Goal of the game

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GOAL OF THE GAME

The objective of Dots and Boxes is to create squares. Whoever creates more squares wins the game.

"Dots and boxes" rules: playing a game

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A TURN OF THE GAME

El jugador que tiene el turno dibuja una linea que unirá dos puntos contiguos en horizontal o vertical, no vale en diagonal. A continuación pueden pasar dos cosas:

1

NO CREA UN CUADRADO

Si esa línea, junto con otras previamente dibujadas por cualquier jugador, no forma un cuadrado, se acaba su turno y lo pasa al jugador que tiene a su derecha.

2

CREA UN CUADRADO

Si esa línea, junto con otras tres ya dibujadas previamente por cualquier jugador, consigue cerrar un cuadrado, se anota ese punto escribiendo su inicial centro, y sigue con su turno dibujando otra línea, pudiendo encadenar varios cuadrados seguidos.

Game over. Who wins?

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AND THE WINNER IS...

The game ends when no more lines can be drawn. The winner will be the player who has managed to create the most squares.

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LOODENS rating

 
Whoever is bored is because they want to be: this game only requires a piece of paper and a couple of colored pencils to offer a good time of fun. When the classic “Tic-tac-toe” gets boring, it’s time to try “Dots and Boxes”.

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