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david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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8
Aug 2008*
Another brain-drain time-limited solving game. Omegablast!
2008-08-04*
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Sharon Khan
United Kingdom
Shefford
Bedfordshire
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8
Sep 2008*
If you like Ubongo you'll like this - it's very similar. I really enjoyed my one play!
2008-09-15*
Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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8
Sep 2011
I like that the pieces are designed so that you can flip them the easy way, and it's the same effect as swinging them around 180° the hard way. Once you force your solving to be methodical (for the easy side), this is pretty easy to tackle… which is why there's the hard side: The easy side permits 6 positional combinations × 2³ flip combinations = 48 combinations; the hard side, 24 positional combinations × 2⁴ flip combinations = 384 combinations. The hard puzzles are a good bit nastier. devil
2011-09-24
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Chris R.
United States
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Missouri
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7.6127
Oct 2008*
This is another puzzle game by the creator of Ubongo. I think I like most of the Ubongo games better, but this one isn't too bad. The luck element seems heavier in many ways.
2008-08-07*
I will not rest until Biblios is in the Top 100. - Steve Oksienik
United States
Howell
Michigan
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7.5
Jun 2011
Ever since we first played Ubongo, I've had my eye on this game. Our first play proved that my I was right. Code Omega is a great puzzle game that is a bit odd in the scoring. I think Ubongo does scoring better, but this game is great in it's own right.

If you like Ubongo or other puzzle games, this is one you need to try.

Acquired in a trade that ran over between Feb and March 2011. Sold in my game auction 12/2011.
2011-12-10
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Diz Hooper
Japan
Osaka
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7
Jan 2009*
This game has a lot of tension as players are racing to finish their codes.
2008-04-13*
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Mark Delano
United States
Stamford
Connecticut
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7
Apr 2008*
Tricky pattern matching, fun every once in a while.
2008-04-17*
William Attia
France
Paris
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7
Apr 2008*
Played once (with 4 players). A good speed puzzle, but not as good as Ubongo to my eyes, because it seems easier to solve methodically. The scoring system - as the one in Ubongo - adds annoying luck to make sure the best player may lose, but I guess it can just be ignored anyway.
2008-04-28*
Chaddyboy
United States
Olathe
Kansas
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7
May 2008*
The kind of game one might expect from the creator of Ubongo. Whereas Ubongo is more spatial, in this game you are trying to line up the black bars on the various colored strips that you'll use in each puzzle. The earlier you finish, the more dice you get to roll toward your score. Lucky die rolls can mean that the best player doesn't always win the game, but hey, that's how it goes.
2008-05-07*
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Jonathan Moody
United States
Kent
Ohio
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7
Jul 2008*
I thought I would hate this game, but I didn't. The scoring mechanism means that everyone has a chance, not just the fastest player, but there is enough of a reward to keep solving a puzzle first very satisfying.
2008-07-01*
Jonathan Brumitt
United States
Edwardsville
Illinois
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7
Apr 2014
Fun little abstract.
2010-03-27
Tim Thomas
United States
Oceanside
California
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7
Dec 2008*
I felt like I was playing Ubongo, so I give the original more credit since there as more creativity in the design. I also like the puzzles in Ubongo a little better. One improvement here for me personally is using dice to score instead of the fiddly gems, which can be a pain to set up and detract from the simplicity of the game when you explain it, especially when teaching non-gamers. Cool name-it sounds like a spy thriller.
2008-12-25*
Brian Akin
United States
Floyds Knobs
Indiana
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7
Dec 2009*
First played April 9th, 2009. Taught in 5 min, played in 40 min with 5 players. This has a good luck of luck and skill. It's a good filler game and the timer is nice so the length of the game doesn't go on. Each player is given a pawn in 5 categories and ~10 puzzle pieces. On each turn everyone draws a board and everyone races to complete a 3 or 4 piece puzzle in the fastest time. Everyone turns over their card after an eight sided-die is rolled to determine which of the 8 puzzles on everyone's board. Each player's puzzle is different. You complete the puzzle by lineing up your pieces where one of the two bars makes a 3-4 bar pattern. Say "done" when complete. First one gets to roll a 6 sided-die representing all five colors and a wild where you choose which pawn to advance. First one with any pawn to the end wins. In the case of the tie, the the 2nd furthers pawn breakes the tie. I'd recommend giving this a try for those who like puzzles and a controlled lenth type game.
2009-04-09
Chris Darden
United States
Lake Saint Louis
Missouri
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7
Feb 2012
This thing is light years ahead of Ubongo in terms of fun. The scoring is so much better than the wonky gem scoring. Great abstract/puzzle game.
2009-04-26
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Griselda Scarlatti
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7
Apr 2010
Nice little rapidity-puzzle game, to which the designer added a random element (the reward as a dice rolling to move your pawns towards victory) that will annoy the control freaks, but allow a weaker player to still have a chance to win. Far from unforgettable, but fun.
2010-04-05
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Antti Tahvanainen
Finland
Helsinki
Uusimaa
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7
Aug 2012
I'd like to call this "Ubongo 1D". Similar solving of puzzles, similarly random scoring system.
2012-08-01
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Matt Hoffman
United States
St. Paul
Minnesota
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6.5
Mar 2009*
Seems mechanical to me. Not as good as the Ubongos.
2009-04-23
Chester
United States
Temple
Texas
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6.5
May 2009*
This is an abstract little game that is pretty much an improved version of Ubongo, with inferior components.

Its more interesting, but has the same basic premise where you're trying to solve a timed puzzle against both the clock (sand timer) and the other players. The score track is a big improvement since you lose that wonky jewel collection element. Instead, its dice, but there is a bit of strategy (OK not very much).

I'd be willing to play again, but it wouldn't be often that I'd really be looking to play a game like this. Its just a bit too abstract. It was fun, though, and super easy to teach/learn how to play.
2009-05-31
Dea Draper
United States
Boise
Idaho
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6.5
Jun 2010
Had never heard of this one till B&B had a sale & this one looked like the kind of game I like (looked beautiful too). I rarely order games not on my list, but glad I did. A lot of game for the money.

We replaced the sand timer with a digital timer so we can concentrate on the puzzle. The advanced side with 4 bars was hard at first, but after I concentrated on just lining up 2, then adding the next, etc., completed the puzzles quickly. We also started the timer on the roll of the 8-sided die, so I grouped blues together, greens together, etc., and that organization let me find them much faster.

I like the mechanic of rolling the dice to advance on the score track--that gives someone who is a little slower at puzzle solving, a chance to win.

I found the insert rather odd (& irritating)--once punched none of the pieces fit in either place in the insert. It is just a cheap, folded cardboard insert--not like a molded plastic that is often has to be designed to accommodate several games.

Thank goodness for the English rules posted here on BGG.
2010-06-09
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Eric Lund
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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6.5
Jun 2010
Similar to Ubongo in flow of play. Each player gets a card, a dice is rolled telling each player which pieces to play with, and a timer is started. Each piece is basically a long strip with two black lines on it. The lines are in different places for each piece. Each card has a space marked off for the pieces to go in. You must place each piece into the marked area such that one line from each of the pieces in aligned.

Scoring mechanism has a random element to it, so the best player could very well lose, but more often than not will win.
2010-06-14
Charles Hasegawa
United States
Chandler
Arizona
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6.5
May 2011
A puzzle game ala Ubongo - players get a card with an outline and have to match their set of pieces to the shape before the others.

For Code Omega, you have to line up the marks on the sticks.

If you love Ubongo (including somewhat random scoring), you'll like this.
2011-05-29
Snooze Fest
United States
Hillsborough
North Carolina
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6.5
Sep 2011
This is a fun simultaneous-puzzle game similar to Ubongo, although this may be a bit easier? Certainly easier than Ubongo Extreme and Ubongo 3D, at least. It is much more portable, though. I wouldn't mind playing it from time to time, but prefer Ubongo.

Here, each player has a bunch of rectangles of equal length in unique colors, with one dark area in different locations of each rectangle. There is also a scoreboard showing 5 symbols in columns, with player markers at the bottom of each column. Like Ubongo, there are a pile of puzzle tiles which show 3 or 4 rectangles (flip sides) with the dark spot in a column; also, several (12?) combinations of color strips. Each round, everyone gets a new puzzle tile; roll a die, and everyone takes the matching set of rectangles from their supply. Then, it's a race (sand timer) to figure out how to place your rectangles onto your tile to get the dark spots all in a column.

The first player to finish rolls 2 dice, moving their token up on the matching column of the score board. Everyone else, if successful within the time limit, rolls 1 die. Or something like that. The first player to reach the top of a score column wins!
2011-10-06
Jonathan Takagi
United States
San Marcos
California
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Jul 2008*
Basically the same as Ubongo with yet another scoring system (none of them are completely satisfying). The puzzles are not as satisfying mainly because the linear position of the tiles seems to provide less satisfaction. I think this lack of satisfaction is a result of not feeling like you're doing very much. Though in practice, I found these puzzles to be much more difficult than regular Ubongo, at least on the 4-strip size. Not as difficult as Ubongo Extrem, but still way more challenging than it initially appears. Maybe I just haven't figured out the best way to do it yet.
2008-04-30*
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Bruce Miller
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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6
May 2008*
Another puzzle game. I prefer to play with bits like in Ubongo.
2008-05-09*
Dan Blum
United States
Wilmington
Massachusetts
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Oct 2008*
Not bad, but I don't find the puzzles as much fun as those in the Ubongo series.
2008-05-16*
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Charles A. Davis
United States
Greeneville
TN
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6
May 2008*
Puzzle game. Dice decide what color piece to use. So find the pieces and then try to solve the puzzle. Well designed for what you are doing.
2008-05-26*
oskari
Finland
Helsinki
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May 2010
With its not-as-engaging puzzle part, crapshoot scoring scheme, and a very slow timer, feels like a predecessor of Ubongo but was actually published five years later. Maybe this was an early prototype?
2010-05-23
Robert Leopold
United States
Chattanooga
Tennessee
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6
Oct 2013
Why, oh why, didn't Ubongo use this scoring mechanism?
2013-03-16
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Tom Hilgert
Germany
Unspecified
Bavaria
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6
Dec 2010
Not as hard as Ubongo. Not as beautiful as Ubongo but G. Rejchtman has really outstanding ideas
2011-06-02
Tommy Ryytty
Finland
Vantaa
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6
Nov 2012
Bit clever but way too dry.
2012-11-06
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Randy Cox
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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5.8
Apr 2008*
I like puzzle games, but this one just seems lacking. In our game, the person who won had many fewer dice rolls (earned by solving puzzles well) than several other players. Sure, luck is a good thing in a game, and that might not be a problem in this game. However, so far from games I've heard about, this happens frequently, so that the winner is the luckiest roller, not the best puzzler. A little out of balance on the luck/skill continuum. Still, I'd play it again.
2008-04-10*
Péter Molnár
Hungary
Budapest
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5
Apr 2008*
Egy majdnem befejezett jatek utan nagy velemennyel nem vagyok rola. Ha ilyen tipusu jatekra vagyom, akkor mar az Ubongo kerul elo.
2008-04-20*
Matthew M Monin
United States
Branford
Connecticut
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5
Apr 2008*
Acceptable light puzzle game. To make the game competitive for players that aren't as good at the puzzles, the scoring system introduces a fair amount of luck. As far as the puzzle aspect itself goes, I find Ubongo far more compelling.
2008-04-14*
Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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5
Feb 2010
Similar in concept to Ubongo as you seek to figure out the puzzle of code sticks within a set amount of time. The scoring system is very different in that you roll a certain number of dice with 5 symbols and a "?" (which means you pick the symbol) and move your color cube up the column accordingly. Once someone reaches the top, the game is over. I prefer Ubongo much more over this since I prefer working with shapes instead of lines but to each their own. Keep the scoring board/cubes away from dice rolling or it will potentially lead to destruction of the scoreboard!

I prefer Ubongo series over this game and this one got sold in the Lydia charity auction.
2010-02-16
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chris schott
United States
saint louis
Missouri
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5
Jun 2011
For me, it seems that I can apply more logic in solving the puzzle and be more successful than in the Ubongo games. I'd play again.
2010-06-14
Tero H
Finland
Vantaa
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5
Sep 2013
The worst "Ubongo game" there is. Still, not bad - not bad at all. A bit too easy for my taste and the scoring system doesn't work.
2010-12-16
Nataline VF
United States
San Diego
California
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Apr 2008*
Ubongo copycat. The score board is cramped with a full table of players. Beautiful but fiddly. NOT WORTH THE TIME IT TOOK TO PLAY.
2008-04-14*
Matthew Webster
United Kingdom
Winchester
Hampshire
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2008-01-13*
rupert rompecabezas
United States
Jonesboro
Arkansas
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2008-02-04*
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Dan Rosewater
Switzerland
Zürich
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Only half the challenge of Ubongo and also half the fun.
2008-04-19*
Jan Ostmann
Germany
München (Munich)
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2012-12-30
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Daniel Szukalow
Canada
Burnaby
British Columbia
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6/8/08 - games order from Germany.
2008-06-11*
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Russell Howell                (What's Right?) (What's Wrong?)        
United States
Canoga Park
California
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2009-11-29
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Anduril Langja(Ferenc Somoskői)
Hungary
Budapest
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2012-02-21
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Tactic Boardgames
Finland
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2012-02-07
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Germany
Haar
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2014-06-29
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