I is for Ingenious

Created by the Good Doctor Reiner Knizia and published by Fantasy Flight Games, Ingenious is a colorful tile laying game with a very unique scoring mechanism: Each player has six scoring tracks, and your final score is the worst of your six scoring tracks; This mechanism is one that Dr. Knizia developed in Tigris and Euphrates.

The game play feels very similar to traditional domino games; You have a rack of tiles, play one of those tiles, score your points and draw a new tile. Though very abstract, each round has delicious choices; Do I block an opponent from scoring on the color they need most? Do I maximize my total points, even though it only helps my highest score? (I’ll then be able to forget about this scoring track) Or do I get the points that I need on my lowest colors, and improve my overall score?

The game plays very well with 2, 3, or 4 players, so fits very nicely as a family game.