Polyomino games
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A list of games featuring polyominoes, presented in roughly chronological order. I've also included other polyforms like polycubes and polyhexes. Please add any that I'm missing. also, if you know which ones of these can be played using a blokus set, please add that information.

Information about polyominoes and other polyforms:

http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Polyform.html
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1. Board Game: Pan-Kai [Average Rating:6.07 Unranked]
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While polyomino puzzles existed long before this, Alex Randolph's Pan-Kai, from 1961 is the earliest competitive game to use the forms that I've found. Looks like it can be played with a Blokus set, or even a travel Blokus set.
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2. Board Game: Universe [Average Rating:5.36 Unranked]
 
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In 1966 Randolph expanded upon Pan-Kai and released Universe. Can be played with a Blokus set.
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3. Board Game: Pentomino [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked]
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Using cards to distribute half of the 12 tiles to each player. Placing alternately, the one who is able to place more tiles, wins.

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4. Board Game: Forma [Average Rating:5.55 Unranked]
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Forma, from 1973, appears very similar to Blokus. Four colors, on a 20 x 20 grid. Does anyone know if this can be played with a blokus set?
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5. Board Game: Legrand [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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1974. The description says the patterns play a part in capturing an opponents pieces, so not directly playable with a Blockus set. I only know about it after the image caught my eye during the great gallery separation project.

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6. Board Game: Locus [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Locus, from 1977. Not much information available. The description indicates that pieces overlap, so you probably can't use a Blokus set for this.
 
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7. Board Game: Skirrid [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:13459]
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Also from 1977 is Skirrid, the first polyomino game that seems to break away strongly from the earlier polyomino puzzles. Plus, if the box is to be believed, you can steal away some old man's trophy wife by beating him at this game.
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8. Board Game: Hexago [Average Rating:5.16 Unranked]
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Polyhex game from 1977.
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9. Board Game: Vagabondo [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:14095]
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Vagabondo, 1979. Looks like you'd need to combine a few sets of pieces to get the multiple ones needed to play this with a Blokus set.
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10. Board Game: Quintillions [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:10015]
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Quintillions, 1980. Comes with rules for several games and puzzles. Looks like you could approximate the playing area and pieces with either Blokus or Travel Blokus.
 
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11. Board Game: Super Quintillions [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
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Super Quintillions, also from 1980, acts as either an expansion for the base game or a set of games and puzzles on its own. If you don't count the overlapping in Locus, this is the earliest 3-d game on the list, technically making it a 'polycube' game.
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12. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1657]
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Cathedral, 1981. Certainly 3-D, but the color and the 2-D footprint are all that are relevant to gameplay. Has more than one single square piece per color, so this would be difficult to play with a Blokus set. Although essentially an abstract, this is the earliest polyomino game to have any sort of theme.
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13. Board Game: Domain [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:8560]
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Domain, 1983. Pieces flip to change color, othello-style.
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14. Board Game: Metropolis [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:4526]
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A city-building game by Sid Sackson that features polyomino buildings. 1984.
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15. Board Game: Sanctuaries [Average Rating:2.75 Unranked]
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Polyomino game from 1986.
 
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16. Board Game: Tetris [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:14342]
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1989. A few years after the Video game came two board game versions.
 
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17. Board Game: Tetris [Average Rating:4.72 Unranked]
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Another Tetris game from 1989, no pictures of the board for this one.
 
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18. Board Game: Pyramis [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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As one can see on the image, the winning condition is, to get a pentomino formed by 5 of the squares you have to place outside a tetrahedron/pyramid - nice variant


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19. Board Game: Tromino Go [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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This Sid Sackson game involves playing tetrominoes adjacent to the last piece played by the opponent, a player may NOT use the same polyomino two turns in row, and a variation of Go rules.

R. Wayne Schmittberger's "Omino Go" also uses polyominoes (up to 4 squares) to play Go, but play is more free form: Pieces can be played anywhere. (Actually piece were made out out of 1-4 adjacent connected tiles.) The first player may play only a domino on the first turn as balancing mechanism. Otherwise standard Go rules apply. Rules can be found in New Rules for Classic Games.

Unforunately, no pictures of either game. soblue
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20. Board Game: Aztec [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:9551]
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This one features play with a set of identical 3-d polyominoes. The three player rules are particularly cool, but require a great degree of familiarity with the game from all participants.
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21. Board Game: Border Patrol [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
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1995. Looks like the earliest game of this genre to not use squares or cubes.
 
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22. Board Game: Kunst Stücke [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:6201]
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1995. Appears to use the largest polyomino pieces, in terms of number of squares that they're composed of. Also interesting in that each player has differing, hidden goals.
 
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23. Board Game: Poly-5 [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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1997. Another one from the designer of Quintillions. Like them, appears to have rules for multiple games and puzzles.
 
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24. Board Game: Tilez! [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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This one is against the spirit of the list a little, as while each piece is a polyomino, they are all the same shape and vary only in color. Still, it appears to be an interesting game, and one that I hadn't heard of before researching for this list. 1997.
 
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25. Board Game: Sextillions [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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From the designer of Poly-5 comes this game of hexominoes that is designed to be compatible with poly-5. 1999.
 
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