This Game Has Autism Korner’D

This Game Has Autism Korner’D

Disclosure

During our on-going efforts to bring you great games from smaller publishers, sometimes a story arises that just bears telling. Yes, we’ll show you how Korner’D is played with great photos of the game. And we’ll regale you a pun or two as normal, but first we just have to highlight something very special about this game that wasn’t discovered until long after it was created.

Korner'd was originally developed as just another board game. Only later was it discovered that it played into the abilities of the autistic. - SahmReviews.com

When we were first presented with a copy of Korner’d from Mr. Brian Turtle, the National Sales Manager from Endless Games, he mentioned he had an interesting story to go along with it. A short time later he forwarded it to us and ever since we cannot get this tale out of our heads. But rather than trying to retell it, let me give it to you in Brian’s own words.

KORNER’D was brought to Endless Games by an outside inventor in May of 2012. My partners and I liked the game on its own merit, but wanted to play test it before committing to make it a part of our 2013 product line. This is fairly standard practice, but in this instance, we were play-testing after schools had been let out so our resources were somewhat limited. I played the game with my own family and friends and it stood up. Then I played with my nieces ages 11, 9, and 7.

My 11-year-old niece Kaitlyn has Asperger’s Syndrome and suffers from the social anxiety and low self-esteem/confidence as many others on the Autism spectrum. She’s not always the first to want to play a game as the winning and losing is too much to handle. Instead she’d prefer to do a jigsaw puzzle, play with some construction toys (Legos), or some other solitary activity.

After a little while, Kaitlyn got involved with the game, and to everyone’s surprise, she excelled at it. She was beating her sisters, her cousins. She even beat me and the rest of the parents playing! The change in her attitude, confidence, and disposition all-together was remarkable! Here was a girl – my own goddaughter – who rarely has more than 3 words to say at a time; and now she was “smack-talking” to the tune of “You’re going down uncle Brian!”, and “I’m gonna beat you again next game!”

She came to life playing this game.

Because it seems anymore that everyone knows someone on the spectrum, it didn’t take long for us to play this game with other autistic children, and the results were consistent. For whatever reason, the children on the autism spectrum who played this game could recognize the patterns and “crack the code” faster than their neurotypical counterparts.

We subsequently contacted Autism Speaks here in New Jersey to explain this phenomenon and learn more about it. The folks at Autism Speaks taught us about some of the characteristics of autism, including this sensitivity to change and recognizing when things are out of place. KORNER’D, they had told us, really plays to the strengths to someone with an over-developed right side of the brain.

What they liked most about the game was that it is a great confidence builder for autistic individuals. It’s something they can excel at; an exercise that’s “in their wheelhouse” so to speak.

My niece Kaitlyn is now featured on the back of the KORNER’D box, and we are happy to donate 5% on every game sold back to autism research!

Now how wonderful is that? What started to be a business-as-usual game deal turned into something that not only personally touched a family member of an Endless Games employee, but thanks to their decision to take on the game and distribute it, helps other children throughout the world engage in a way their families may not have thought possible.

So what is Korner’D? It’s a quick-paced matching game that pits both your color and spatial recognition against your opponent.

Korner'd was originally developed as just another board game. Only later was it discovered that it played into the abilities of the autistic. - SahmReviews.comYou have a board with six different colored squares placed in a somewhat random order. Each player is dealt three square tiles face down that have four of the colors on it. Their job is to match them to the corresponding squares on the board, matching both colors and position.

Korner'd was originally developed as just another board game. Only later was it discovered that it played into the abilities of the autistic. - SahmReviews.comIt sounds easy, but under the pressure of competition (and patterns that closely resemble each other), quickly finding the match is not as easy as it sounds. There is only one spot on the board for each tile, and with three in each hand you will not fill up the board.

Korner'd was originally developed as just another board game. Only later was it discovered that it played into the abilities of the autistic. - SahmReviews.comAs shown here, it was not uncommon to get stuck trying to find the placement of the last tile. Previous-played cards seem to blend in, so having more on the board did not help.

A round of Korner’D only takes a minute or so, allowing you to have multiple games in a short span of time. Unlike some other speed-based games we have highlighted (cough…Set…cough), age did not play a role in the outcome. This also plays into the facts mentioned above about people in the Autism spectrum having a gift when it comes to games of this type. The natural ability to see the color arrangements quickly leads to a successful win.

If you’re in the market for a unique gift idea appropriate for someone diagnosed with Autism, definitely give this game a very serious consideration. Even if you’re not in that market segment, Korner’d is still quite fun to play with the family, as its simple concept is easy to explain to all ages, and everyone competes on the same level.

You can find Korner’D online or at select local retailers for around $20. Also check out Endless Games’ Facebook page to see what else they’re working on!

One last thing about Korner’D. Not only does Endless Games contribute 5% of all sales to autism research, they have also offered to give a copy to one of our readers here at SahmReviews.com! Entering is easy via the entry form below! Good luck to all, you’ll have a blast with this game!
Korner’d Board Game

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

36 comments on «This Game Has Autism Korner’D»

  1. Most of the games you review are obscure ones I have not heard of, I love that! We’re going to have to pick up this game on Amazon, I like that price! Thanks for sharing your review, I would have never even known this game existed. I bet it will be very popular at Christmas time.

  2. I just love coming over here and find all these unique games, I had never heard of. Just LOVE it… this looks like a lot of fun…great giveaway

  3. Tim Ward says:

    I could see where this game would be great for an Autistic child. You always have the most unique games, thanks for the giveaway, I hope I win.

  4. Oh wow, my kids are not autistic but I think they too would love this game, I love the concept!

  5. Michele says:

    What a wonderful story that is. I would lose every time as my spacial recognition is next to nothing. I wish this game was around when my nephew was growing up–he would have excelled at it! I am also very happy to hear that they are donating portions of the profit to Autism.

  6. Looks like you’ve found a great game for your family, and I love that it works for almost all ages.

  7. Terry says:

    I think it is so great that Endless Games contributes 5% of all sales to autism research. How wonderful…. and this game helps them to excell too.
    By the way… I love what I can see of your backyard. Maybe you need to show us more.

    1. Scott says:

      Would love to take credit, that’s the back yard of my mom’s in Alabama. We were visiting there when we played!

  8. Very cool game! Its a great way to teach colours too!

  9. Rosey says:

    Love the surprise discovery on this one. That means this would be great for classrooms too. I’m entered, thanks for the game intro.

  10. Looks like such a great game! Glad you all had fun playing! Looks like a lot of fun!

  11. You find the neatest games. How did I not know, or not remember, that you’re in NJ? Which part?

    1. Scott says:

      Hmm, not in NJ…in Iowa. Did I typo somewhere?

  12. Sharon says:

    That looks like a crazy, fun game. So I entered 🙂

  13. I love that this game is perfect for kids with different modalities. That is very educational.

  14. tajlund says:

    Hope to get this someday and try it with my nephews.

  15. CouponGal says:

    i’m an Aspie – and I love the idea of this game!

  16. Maggie C says:

    My current favorite game is Racko but I really like this one! If I don’t win I think I may pick this up for our family.

  17. I love this story and will totally support this game! I want to put it out here that this would be a really great gift for a child’s classroom where many bad weather days are spent inside playing games!

  18. Dede says:

    I’d really love to have this game in my classroom. Each year I have more and more students “on the spectrum” who just can’t tolerate playing a typical competitive game. This would be great to have as an alternative!

  19. Danielle says:

    This looks like such a fun game!! I haven’t heard of it!

  20. Teri Melton says:

    I used to like card games like Rummy and Canasta, but I have not had anyone to play with in years. I know a few people who have kids with autism and will share this with them.

  21. Leelo R says:

    Very interesting game. I´ve never heard of it before.

  22. Cathi says:

    We have two favorite games. Spot It and Phase 10. Both are played several times weekly. 😉

  23. Lynsay Leitner says:

    The Game of Life is currently our family favorite to play but this looks very interesting.

  24. sojourner says:

    What a great game! This should be a staple in special ed and inclusion classrooms around the country.

  25. Mel says:

    What a fun game! The kids would love this!

  26. Raijean says:

    This looks like a fun game, gotta try it with my boychild.

  27. rachel says:

    What an interesting game! I have never heard of it.

  28. Bonnie Boucek says:

    My current favorite game is Phase 10.

  29. LaVonne says:

    Current favorite game? I think I like Apples to Apples right now.

  30. Taryn Tener says:

    My favorite games are Monopoly and Operation, but my son would really enjoy this game. What an awesome fit!

  31. What an awesome game! I’m going to tell my friend about this. Her son has autism and would enjoy.

  32. Fiona N says:

    I love Bingo game!
    Thank You for the chance

  33. Rob Tunnah says:

    This has to be a good thing; top marks to the designer.

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