Thrift Treasure: Blokus 3D

Thrift Treasure: Blokus 3D

In January of last year we found a copy of Blokus at our local Goodwill. At the time I mentioned how I had been playing the app on my iPad for quite a while, not realizing it was a board game. Since then I’ve discovered just how popular the game is among friends and family. It is certainly deserving of the word “classic” when referring to it.

We knew Blokus 3D would be hard to find as it was bringing big bucks on eBay. We scored a copy at Goodwill for a couple bucks - was it worth it? - SahmReviews.com

When researching the article I discovered there were a couple versions of Blokus issued to capitalize on the games’ popularity. There’s a triangle-shaped version we haven’t seen yet and the one we found this month – Blokus 3D. I knew it was a particularly popular version as secondary prices on eBay were multiples of the original MSRP. So finding it at thrift for a couple bucks was exciting for us. Turns out it is nearly as fun as the original!

We knew Blokus 3D would be hard to find as it was bringing big bucks on eBay. We scored a copy at Goodwill for a couple bucks - was it worth it? - SahmReviews.com

Blokus 3D comes with a custom rotating board, four unique templates, 44 three-dimensional blocks in four colors and a storage tray. Your goal is simple – be able to see your color in more squares than your opponent when looking at the final structure from the top down.

We knew Blokus 3D would be hard to find as it was bringing big bucks on eBay. We scored a copy at Goodwill for a couple bucks - was it worth it? - SahmReviews.com

Each template has its own rules imprinted on the plastic denoting the height restriction, which depends upon the number of players (up to four). On each player’s turn they will place one of their blocks onto the pile.  They cannot be placed just anywhere as there are limitations that must be followed.

We knew Blokus 3D would be hard to find as it was bringing big bucks on eBay. We scored a copy at Goodwill for a couple bucks - was it worth it? - SahmReviews.com

Except for the first turn where you simply place your block next to any opponent’s, each subsequent block you lay must have at least one face touching the face of another block. You have to imagine the block falling from above, straight down until it reaches the board. No empty spaces or gaps are allowed, meaning the block must fit perfectly.

We knew Blokus 3D would be hard to find as it was bringing big bucks on eBay. We scored a copy at Goodwill for a couple bucks - was it worth it? - SahmReviews.com

Height is a restriction in Blokus 3D as well. The overall height of the structure cannot exceed the limitation set forth by the number of players. The blocks also must remain inside the template (they can’t hang over the edge) and must also follow the pattern dictated by the template (build steps or a pyramid).

We knew Blokus 3D would be hard to find as it was bringing big bucks on eBay. We scored a copy at Goodwill for a couple bucks - was it worth it? - SahmReviews.com

Players continue taking turns until they can no longer play a block. When that happens, they are out for the rest of the game. Once everyone has played as many as possible, the player with the most blocks seen from above is the winner!

Originally available under a different name (Rumis), Blokus 3D has been issued by a number of publishers since its introduction in 2008. Ours was made by Educational Insights, but there are copies created by Mattel, Winning Moves and more. Currently out of production, your best option is to watch for deals on eBay. Right now there are complete copies ranging from under $10 all the way up to well over $200, so there are deals to be had with a little patience.

Which would you prefer, the 2D or 3D version of Blokus?

Scott

About Scott

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.

10 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Blokus 3D»

  1. This looks like fun, and a challenge! It’s been so long since I’ve played board games, I’d almost forgotten about them.

  2. Oh wow this looks fun! Challenging as well! My oldest son who is 9 would love this!!

  3. Nellwyn says:

    I’ve never played this game before, but it looks like a lot of fun! I might pick it up for my little sister, it seems like the kind of thing she would enjoy.

  4. These games are so good for learning and not really knowing it. Will keep adults sharp too.

  5. Divya says:

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. This game would be a FAVORITE in this household. We like a bit of logic and problem-solving thrown into our board games. My husband would love this. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for this!

  6. This Blokus 3D games kinda looks like a colored 3D version of Tetris. It does look like a fun and challenging game. I am going to get this and have loads of fun on our weekend family bonding nights.

  7. Lisa Collins says:

    This sounds like a game my 11 year old son would love! I’m also a wee bit jealous of all the awesome games you find at your Goodwill, not so much here!

  8. What a great game. We have game dates on Wednesdays with my grandson and step daughters I must bring this game over =)

  9. Farrah says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of Blokus! I will keep my eye out for it though. My husband and younger son love games like this, so I’d love to get it for them.

  10. Blokus is one of our favorite games!

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