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 played on a 4×4 board.[2][3] There are 16 unique pieces, 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 2x2 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.


  • 1993 Mensa Select Winner
  • 1993 Spiel des Jahres Recommended
  • 2001 Vuoden Peli Adult Game of the Year Winner


  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 

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