Continuo (game)

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Continuo is an abstract strategy game by Maureen Hiron first published in 1982. It is played by arranging patterns printed on a deck of 42 cards, each card being printed with a grid of 16 colored squares. The goal is to place cards so that the tiles match as many chains of color as possible.[1] Continuo won a 1995 Mensa Select games award.[2] The tag line on the box is "The one rule game for all the family".

Versions of the game have also been published in which the same basic rule is used, but the tiles are triangular or rhombic rather than square and the hexagonal domino type game hexago was also marketed under the continuo name.[3] Continuo was endorsed by Omar Sharif.[4]

There has been a Continuo tournament at the Mind Sports Olympiad since 1997,[5] to determine the world champion.


An example of a Continuo tile

Continuo consists of 42 tiles.[6] These tiles are subdivided into a 4 × 4 grid of small squares. All of the tiles are diagonally symmetrical with an L-shape of one colour with a single small square of another in the corner. There are 4 colours in total: red, green, blue and yellow. The aim of the game is to score points by making 'chains' of colour and a point is scored for the length in small squares of each chain that the placed tile makes. A chain has to be squares that touch horizontally or vertically.


Maureen Hiron also held the world championships for another of her games; Hexago, or Hexago Continuo.[7] Although being a tile game branded with the same name as Continuo, it is only the immediately touching tiles that effect the score as opposed to the chains in continuo. It is a game with hexagonal tiles split into 6 triangles each with a colour and a number. Each time a tile is placed touching so that it matches either the segments colour or number points are scored.[8]


The Continuo World Champions from 1997 onwards are:[6]

  • 1997: Japan Osamo Omadero
  • 1998: England Demis Hassabis
  • 1999: Italy Tony Niccoli
  • 2000: England George Hassabis
  • 2001: Sweden Jan Palmgren
  • 2002: Italy Dario De Toffoli
  • 2003: England Mathew Cordell
  • 2004: England Victoria Westnedge
  • 2005: England Mathew Cordell
  • 2006: England Mathew Cordell
  • 2007: England Mathew Cordell
  • 2008: England Mathew Cordell
  • 2009: England Matthew Hathrell
  • 2010: England Matthew Hathrell
  • 2011: England David M. Pearce
  • 2012: Italy Tony Niccoli
  • 2013: England Maureen Hiron
  • 2014: England Mathew Cordell
  • 2015: Portugal Ricardo Jorge Gomes
  • 2016: England David M. Pearce
  • 2017:

The Hexago World Championships have been held once in 2007 during the Mind Sports olympiad[9]

  • 2007: England David M. Pearce

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Boardgamegeek Continuo page
  2. ^ List of Mensa select winners
  3. ^ The Independent top 50 board games list #44 [1]
  4. ^ Hiron, Maureen. Continuo. U.S. Games. ISBN 0-88079-612-X. 
  5. ^ 'The South Bank Brain Show' The Independent 21 June 1997 (
  6. ^ a b Article about Continuo at MSO ( 10 - 06 - 2010
  7. ^ Article about Hexago at MSO ( 09 - 09 - 2010
  8. ^ Boardgame geek on Hexago [2]
  9. ^ Hexago results from the MSO website 10 - 06 - 2010

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