If you were a big fan of board games back in the late ’70s or early ’80s, you probably have a box of Rummikub tiles sitting around somewhere. Well, there’s no need to go rummaging through closets in search of that decrepit box of tiles, because we’re giving away a digital version of the classic family board game.
Rummikub is a relatively easy to learn tile-based board game that features elements of rummy, dominoes, mahjong, and chess. The object of the game is to be the first player to clear your rack of tiles by placing them on the table.
Each player starts out with a collection of 14 randomly selected tiles. Tiles range in value from one to 13, and can consist of any one of four colors. You’re able to place tiles on the table by creating one of two valid set types: runs or groups. Runs are composed of three or more tiles of the same color and in consecutive number order. Groups are three or four same-value tiles in distinct colors. The game also includes two joker tiles, which can be used anywhere on the board.
As long as you make a move, you aren’t required to take a new tile from the pile. If you are unable to make a move, however, or if refuse to make one for strategic purposes, you must take a tile. Just keep taking turns with your opponent placing tiles or taking them until one player is free of tiles.
Like all board games, there is a bit of strategy involved in Rummikub. Players are able to shift, split, substitute, and remove tiles from sets as long as a collection of three tiles remains. These simple but effective strategies will go a long way in helping you defeat your opponent, you just have to learn when best to utilize them.
Rummikub includes a single-player option where you can take on up to three other AI opponents. Games can be customized with time limits, auto-sorting of tiles, and different AI difficulty levels. You can also take your skills online and compete against your friends via Game Center. If you’re new to Rummikub there’s no need to worry since the game includes a full set of instructions.
To have a chance at winning a copy of Rummikub, just leave a comment below before 11:59 p.m. PDT tonight (July 23) telling us whether you would prefer the iPhone or iPad version of the game. We’ll then randomly select our 10 winners and get in touch via email. Only one entry per person is allowed. Good luck!