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From the land of Sweden, known for simplicity of design, comes Pentago, a strategy game with just two play steps. First, you place a marble. Second, turn one of the game's four blocks. Get five marbles in a row and you win. But no Mensa Select winner plays without some serious mental calisthenics and Pentago is no exception, for just when you think you have your moves thought through, your opponent rotates a quadrant and suddenly the whole board is different. With each turn of the blocks the game board changes and so must your tactics. Being able to visualize how the board will look when any piece is rotated is an essential skill in this game.

Pentago's initial charm is its simplicity in learning and playing, making it suitable for even busy people. But, as with chess, where you have to think ahead several moves, spatial orientation techniques and strategies get perplexingly complex and deep logic and skill are required. Pentago has won numerous awards, including Game of the Year in Sweden, France, and Finland, as well as the much-coveted Mensa Select Winner award.

We are selling the "Cruise" edition of Pentago with its nifty snap-on plastic lid that keeps the marbles in place and four clever mechanical "easy-turn" squares that are locked into the base. Instructions are included.
Download the Quick Start Guide as a PDF.

Download the Strategy Guide as a PDF.

  • Snap-on plastic lid holds marbles in place
  • Winner 2006 Mensa Select Award
  • Takes just under a minute to learn to play
  • Immediately fun for beginners
  • Continues to be fun & challenging for intermediate players
  • As you become a master player, the style of play, spatial orientation techniques, and strategies get perplexingly complex. Deep logic and skill are required to conquer another master player.

    Manufacturer's Information
    Manufacturer: MindTwister USA
    Made In: China
    Players: 2

    CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3yrs.
    CHOKING HAZARD - Toy contains a small marble. Not for children under 3yrs.

  • Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.

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    Great for kids AND parents! December 6, 2010
    Reviewer: Kirsten Kilcup from Tacoma, WA United States  
    Pentago is the game I've been looking for--one that parents can play with their kids that is quick to learn, doesn't take forever to play, and is challenging for both.  I play this with my 5-year-old as well as with my husband after the kids are in bed.  We all love it.  It is high-quality all around, and can also be easily taken on a road trip if your kids are old enough to not throw the marbles around the car as it is self-contained.  This is one family game you will not regret--well worth the price.

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    Great for everyone! November 5, 2008
    Reviewer: Kristin R. from Sherwood, OR  
    This is a fun game to have out when friends come over. It does not take very long to play, so you can play sequential games in a short time. Any age can win so it's great for everyone!

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    I think I enjoy playing it more than my children! November 5, 2008
    Reviewer: Kathy D. from Parker, CO  
    This game really helps my kids think ahead.  I modify the rules slightly for my younger children to play by allowing them to turn a quadrant each turn while I can't, but they all love it.  It's extremely simple to learn but stategies can get complex.  I think I enjoy playing it more than they do!!

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    My son, 15, LOVES it. October 17, 2008
    Reviewer: Sara S. from Manassas, VA  
    This game is fun, but I need to be willing to lose to my son when I play it!  It requires spatial thinking, which he apparently excels in.  I always feel like I've been stretching my brain when I play this.  My son, 15, LOVES it.

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