Matching games have long been a great way for younger players to challenge themselves and build up memory skills. As players grow older, however, they seem to lose interest in games since the solution is so clear. Some games act like puzzles and use complexity to make the game more engaging, but Korner’d from Endless Games uses a whole new direction that makes it a fun matching race for kids and adults alike.
Korner’d uses a unique board checked with blue, green, yellow, red, orange, and purple squares. Coinciding with these boxes are tiles with four colored squares each, matching up to the intersecting corners on the board. Because the tiles and even board may be readily rotated, the matching becomes more difficult with no one way up as an image would do. This gives Korner’d replay value far beyond just about any other matching game out there.
Gameplay in Korner’d takes seconds to learn. Players each draw three facedown tiles, and, when “go” is called, they race to place. First player to correctly lay all of his or her tiles wins. Racing gives hunting for the proper intersection an extra thrill, making Korner’d both quick and intense.
With its very simple rules, Korner’d is extremely adaptable. Players who want longer games may take more tiles in their starting stacks, even divvying up the entire box. As the board fills up and number of the possible slots for tiles shrinks, the pace of laying tiles speeds up and the game turns into an all-out sprint with shrieking excitement. Younger players may join in on teams, or parents could even work the board and tiles with children as a cooperative puzzle.
Another bonus of the Korner’d straightforward matching mechanics of the game is that can bridge social gaps. Endless Games partnered with advocacy group Autism Speaks after seeing a child on the Autism Spectrum playing. Games were typically very difficult for her as she preferred solitary play and shied away from social interaction. Since the rules were simple and the goal was shared, Korner’d allowed her to come out of her shell and play with self-confidence, accomplishment, and outspokenness. After such a warming experience, Endless Games began working with Autism Speaks to foster bringing out the best in children everywhere.
Korner’d is a game for one to six players aged eight and up. In single-player mode, players race against their own best times, trying to make and break new records on the color-matching. With multiple players, chaos enters the picture, and there is much fun to be had tripping over one another hurrying to match colors.
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