Ubongo (2003)

Average Rating: 6.80/10
Board Game Rank: 597
Abstract Game Rank: 39
Family Game Rank: 122
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Publisher
Year Published
2003
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
(51 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
20 − 30 minutes
User Suggested Ages
6 and up
(16 voters) [poll]
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
(26 voters) [poll]
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Category
Mechanic
Expansion
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Family
Primary Name
Ubongo
Alternate Names
Expédition Pyramide
Pyramidens portar
Убонго
אובונגו
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In Ubongo, players compete to solve individual puzzles as quickly as they can to get first crack at the gems on hand for the taking.

The game board consists of six rows, with twelve gems (of various colors) placed in these rows. At the start of play, each player places his pawn in front of one of those rows. Each player also takes twelve polyominoes — that is, pieces consisting of 2-5 squares in some configuration; players use these pieces each round to try to recreate shapes.

At the start of a round, each player receives a puzzle card that depicts a shape created by some number of shares; one side of this card depicts six rows of pieces, and when everyone is ready, someone rolls a die to determine which row of pieces each player can use to recreate the shape on their individual card. The race is timed by a sand timer, and the outcome of this race determines the action on the main playing board.

Whoever first solves their puzzle in time gets to move their pawn up to three rows left or right, with the second player to finish moving two rows and the third player only one row. Players then collect two gems from the front of the row where their pawn is located, which means that the more rows you can move, the more control you have over which color gems you can collect. After collecting gems, each player receives a new puzzle card, and a new round begins.

After nine rounds, the game ends and whoever has collected the most gems in a single color wins! If players tie, then those players compare who has the most gems in a second color, and so on.

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Awards

The game won as best family game in Sweden, under the name "Pyramidens portar", in 2003, and once again, under the name "Ubongo" in 2009!

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Ubongo
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German 10th anniversary edition (w/ app)
Publisher: KOSMOS
Artist: Nicolas Neubauer
Year: 2015
Product Code: 69233
Size: 11.61 x 11.61 x 2.76 inches
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Release Date: Feb 2015
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English edition 2015
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Year: 2015
Product Code: 696184
Size: 11.61 x 11.61 x 2.76 inches
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Release Date: May 2015
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Portuguese edition 2014
Publisher: Devir
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Bulgarian first edition
Publisher: Fantasmagoria
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Year: 2014
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Publisher: Magellan
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Year: 2013
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2 Ubongo by Grzegorz Rejchtman - from Thames & Kosmos
English instructions, 2015 (posted with permission from Thames & Kosmos)
English
2015-05-04
0 Traduction française des règles
Traduction libre des règles anglaises.
French
2013-09-22
1 Croatian translation of rules / Pravila na hrvatskom
Original PDF file translated to Croatian
Croatian
2012-03-18
4 Ubongo_rules_RUS
Перевод правил игры "Убонго!"
Russian
2011-06-17
0 UBONGO pravila na srpskom jeziku
UBONGO rules in Serbian language
2011-04-22
14 [Español] Reglas a la JcK
Completo resumen de las reglas con imagenes al estilo JcK [imageid=1251209 medium]
Spanish
2011-04-20
14 Fix of "new 5-piece puzzle boards for Ubongo".
This PDF replaces X-24 sheet of "A set of new 5-piece puzzle boards for Ubongo". The previous version of X-24 has a bug in the first row of the tiles. This PDF fixes the bug.
2010-06-12
3 Correct layout of board 71 in the game published by Kärnan
This is an official correction of board number 71 shipped in the game version made by Kärnan.
English
2009-12-11
26 A set of new 5-piece puzzle boards for Ubongo.
This is a set of unofficial 5-piece puzzle boards for Ubongo. It consists of new 36 boards I've created. The PDF file is designed to be printed on A4 papers. The size of each board is 16cm x 11cm.
2009-11-27
3 Regulament Romana - Romanain Rules
Regulament in limba romana - Romanian Rules
Romanian
2009-11-11
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 597
Abstract Game Rank: 39
Family Game Rank: 122
Num Ratings: 4450
Average Rating: 6.80
Standard Deviation: 1.26
Num Views: 197252
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.6
Fans: 42
Personal Comments: 1063
Users Owning: 4436
Users Wanting: 189
Users Trading: 101 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 2
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Total Plays: 14435
Plays This Month: 0
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