Latice Strategy Board Game Up On Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
In Board Games
Sep 15th, 2015

The other day we had a new card game that was Uno-like in nature. Today we have a board game that’s sort of Uno-like. In Latice players are looking to be the first to play all of their tiles. They must do this by matching tiles by color or shape.

So the game is a bit Uno, a bit Scrabble, and a bit Blokus. All three of those are some of my favorite games, so I’m certainly considering joining in.

The campaign is set to run for another 17 days, so I’d better decide quickly.


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  • Ghool

    Looks identical to Quirkle….well, except the symbols, and this has a board. Otherwise though, it looks to be the exact same game.

    • Brent Vincent

      Good question. I’ve never played Qwirkle, but it looks like a great game with a similar mechanic around matching colors/shapes. We came across it while going through the patent process for Latice and it looks like some of the differences are as follows:

      1. You win Qwirkle by tallying points and having the highest score. You win Latice by being the first to get rid of all of your tiles. We believe this makes Latice more accessible to kids, as there is no math involved.

      2. Normally, you can only play one tile per turn, but there are several mechanisms for earning “stones” that can be exchanged for extra moves, thereby allowing you to get rid of your tiles faster.

      3. One of the mechanisms for earning a stone is to play a tile so it matches more than one other tile already on the board. The more tiles you match, the more extra moves you earn.

      4. Another mechanism for earning a stone is to place a tile on one of the “sun squares” on the board. This brings up another major difference: Qwirkle has no game board, while Latice does. The Latice game board adds constraints on where you can move (especially near the end of the game) and the sun squares offer strategic locations to earn stones.

      5. Finally, Latice has special tiles called “wind tiles” that allow you to move a tile already on the board. This has a massive impact on the strategy in the game, as it means you can add new tiles not just on the edges of the already played ones, but also in the center (and, of course, match more tiles, and thereby earn more stones).

      • Ghool

        All right then. Thanks for clarifying.
        Aside from the differences listed though, it feels like a very similar game.

        If I didn’t own Qwirkle, I’d spring for this – it looks pretty.

        • Brent Vincent

          Thanks! In case you’re interested there is a free printable version of LATICE ( I know printable games aren’t for everyone but I’d love to hear your take on the gameplay if you have a chance to try it. Thanks again!