By Gamewright

Reviewed for Third Grade, 2011

City Square Off

It’s hip to be square! This deceivingly simple strategy game stirs up some friendly city rivalry as opponents try their hand at city planning. Each player begins with a grid and a pile of shape tiles. Players draw cards from a deck and use the corresponding shape tiles to build around their city. The aim is to fit the shape tiles onto the board while staying on the grid. Each round takes just 15 minutes, but don’t be surprised if this spatial thinking game keeps your kids captivated for hours. It’s a touch of Tetris, a bit of Blokus – and a whole lot of fun! (Gamewright, $16.22)