I came across this game when my sister in law bought it for my nieces some years ago. We played it together at their home and I really wanted to know it more and more, especially because it is a mixture of Scrabble and Rummikub. Pretty soon, Qwirkle became one of my favorite games.

Qwirkle is a tile based game and comes in six colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple) and six shapes (circle, diamond, square, clover, four-point star and eight-point star). The tiles are placed in a bag and each player draws six tiles. The player with more tiles of the same shape and different color or the same color but different shapes begins the game by placing the tiles in the middle of the table. Then he takes the same amount of tiles from the bag as many tiles he placed on the table. Every player must have six tiles at the end of his turn. The next player either adds some tiles to the existent line or starts a new one connected with the existent row through color or shape.

Each tile values one point, but when a row of six tiles is completed, the player calls it “qwirkle” and receives an additional six points. Once there are no more tiles in the bag, the one who plays all of his tiles receives six points and ends the game. The player with the highest score wins.


  • Creator: Susan McKinley Ross
  • Place of creation: USA
  • Date of creation: 2006
  • Type of game: Tiles board game
  • Players: 2 to 4
  • Age: 6+
Qwirkle set