Quarto (board game)

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Quarto board at start of game

Quarto is a board game for two players invented by Swiss mathematician Blaise Müller in 1991.[1] It is published and copyrighted by Gigamic.

The game is played on a 4×4 board.[2][3] There are 16 unique pieces to play with, each of which is either:

  • tall or short;
  • red or blue (or a different pair of colors, e.g. light- or dark-stained wood);
  • square or circular; and
  • hollow-top or solid-top.

Players take turns choosing a piece which the other player must then place on the board. A player wins by placing a piece on the board which forms a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row of four pieces, all of which have a common attribute (all short, all circular, etc.). A variant rule included in many editions gives a second way to win by placing four matching pieces in a 2×2 square.

Quarto is distinctive in that there is only one set of common pieces, rather than a set for one player and a different set for the other. It is therefore an impartial game.


  • Dé d’Or des Créateurs de Jeux 1989 – Paris, FRANCE
  • Oscar du Jouet-Toy Oscar 1992– Paris, FRANCE
  • Jouet de l’année-Game of the Year 1992 - BRUSSELS
  • Super As d’Or Festival International des Jeux-Super Golden Ace 1992 –Cannes, FRANCE
  • Toy Award 1992– BENELUX
  • Spiel des Jahres-Game of the Year 1993 nominee – GERMANY[4]
  • Gioco Dell’anno-Game of the Year 1993– ITALY
  • Speelgoed Vant Jaar-Game of the year 1993– NETHERLANDS
  • Mensa Select Top 5 Best Games 1993 – USA
  • Parent’s Choice Gold Award 1993 – USA
  • Best Bet of the Toy Testing Council 1994– CANADA
  • Prix d’Excellence des Consommateurs-Consumer’s Toy Award 1994–Quebec, CANADA
  • Games Magazine “Games 100 Selection”1995 – USA
  • Games Magazine “Games 100 Selection” 1996 – USA
  • Games Magazine “Games 100 Selection” 1997 - USA
  • Game of the Year 2004 – FINLAND
  • Parent’s Choice Top 25 games in 25 years 2004 – USA


  1. ^ "Quarto - Game rules". Ludoteka. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Quarto! Board Game". Board Game Geek. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  3. ^ Quarto (strategy), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 10 October 2000, archived from the original on 12 October 2004, retrieved 12 July 2009
  4. ^ "Preisträgerarchiv". www.spiel-des-jahres.com. Spiel des Jahres. Retrieved 8 May 2019.

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