Round and Round with Link-O
Every household in America probably has a set of dominoes in their house. Either a set handed down or received as a gift at some point. Maybe you’re one of the (un)lucky ones to have a treasured Dora the Explorer set! Either way, I’ll bet it doesn’t see the light of day very often. But the premise of the game is very easy to teach, so we were happy to find a variation of the theme in the new game of Link-O by Jax Ltd.
You may already know that we have a warm spot for games by Jax, with Sequence being one of our all-time favorites. At first glance we weren’t sure what to expect from Link-O, but we did immediately notice the good-quality ’tiles’ and the colorful game board. And like dominoes, the rules were easy to learn and allowed us to get playing in no time at all.
Link-O is played very similarly, each player draws eight tiles from the included bag and sets them on their edges to prevent other players from seeing their hand.
The player with the highest pair starts, and each player must start with a double to get the playing field started. Unlike dominoes where everything is built off of the starting tile, Link-O provides you with as many starting positions as there are players.
Starting tiles are placed in specially-marked points on the board and the color must also match the area you’re placing it. That’s the twist to Link-O, you can only play tiles in the corresponding colored area, so even if your numbers match, if the color is different, you’re out of luck.
The layout of the board allows for a little bit of strategy if you see an opponent working on a specific string of numbers. When you get to the areas where the circles meet, the tiles must match in order to be able to play them. In the photo above, you’ll see a green 4/1 with a wild tile (double Link-O’s) next to it. Those represent 1’s also. In the red area the next valid tile must be a 4, but since the green wild tile is a one, there is no valid way to play a tile there. Thus, that area is now blocked.
Play continues much like regular dominoes (if you don’t have something to play, you must draw until you do), filling up the board until either one person runs out of tiles or no valid plays can be made. At the end of a round tiles are summed up and added to the winner’s total score. In the even of a board with no more valid plays, the player with the lowest total wins and receives the points from all his opponents.
Multiple rounds are played until one player reaches a total score of 64 points (or more). As normal, the kids beat the adults!
Because each round can go rather quickly, we found the overall play time to be right around 30 minutes. The perfect sweet spot for the attention span of a pre-teen (or teenager for that matter). Link-O would make a great gift under the tree this year for under $20, and if you need other ideas for kids in the 4-12 age range, be sure to check out their other offerings!
20 thoughts on “Round and Round with Link-O”
What a neat looking game. I’ve never heard of it, but it looks like fun. My kids love having family game nights so this would be great to add!
It seems like a really fun game. I love finding new games for my kids.
This game looks like a lot of fun. I think my boys and I might invest in it for family game night.
What a neat game. I am always looking for games to buy my niece for Christmas and this looks like one she would enjoy.
Definitely need to add this to our game nights! We love playing games as a family and this would be a ton of fun with our boys!
OH, we LOVE playing games as a family! This will be so fun for my kiddos!
We absolutely love playing games in this house. Linko looks perfect to play with my 7 year old!
That looks like a fun game. We have a set of dominos that the kids play with so I’m sure they could handle this. We love to play board games together so we can reconnect.
This looks like a game my whole family would enjoy! The kids would love it too!
It is great to find a new game to ad to our family game night line up. This game looks like a lot of fun.
Ooh I like that. I love dominoes and any variation so I’m sure I’d love this one. I like the addition of matching the colours too.
This looks like a fun game. I am always looking for new games for family game night. Thanks for the review!
We do have a set of dominoes in our house,… but would you believe we never play it. I think I played once many years ago. This game looks more fun.
This actually sounds and looks like a game I would enjoy playing. I probably would never win–but would enjoy it just the same.
I love the colors and the graphics on this game. My boys would spend hours playing together and trying to out do each other.
30 minutes is about all my (almost) 7-yr.-old can take too. I think this game sounds fun. I love that it’s under twenty bucks! That is gift-giving material right there… and now you’ve got me thinking about Christmas! 🙂
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Sounds like intersting game:-)
Thanks for the review. Sounds like a fun game for the kids.
I’ve never played this game. I think it would make a great addition to game night with my family.