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Patchwork Board Game

  • Game Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
  • Artist: Klemens Franz
  • Publisher: Mayfair Games
  • Players: 2
  • Game Duration: 20-30 Minutes
  • Recommended Age Group: 8 and up
  • Rating: 8 out of 10
  • Type of Game: Abstract Strategy, Puzzle
  • Complexity: 1 out of 5
  • Buy: amazon
Game Components
  • One double-side central time board
  • 2 quilt boards (yellow and green)
  • One neutral token
  • 2 time tokens (yellow and green)
  • 5 special patches
  • 1 special tile
  • 33 patches
  • 50 various buttons 

GAME OVERVIEW

In the past, patchwork was the poor man's method of using leftover cloth to make clothes. Today it is a form of artwork when designing quilts or other textiles. Great designers weave together uneven patches to form wonderful masterpieces.

In this game, you are a designer who seeks to make a masterful patchwork. You must save money to buy pieces of fabric that you will use to build your patchwork. Be careful to weave the patchwork together to leave as few spaces open as possible. 

Points are scored based on how well you design your patchwork. Strategic play will outsmart your opponent and crown you as the master patch designer.

Patchwork Video Tutorial and Review

Pros of the Game

  • Low Complexity
  • Low cost
  • Unique time board that controls whose turn it is and the length of the game
  • Special tokens that when obtained give a player certain advantages
  • Requires foresight in placement of tiles to leave as few open spaces as possible
  • No two games are alike
  • Abstract strategy
  • Easy to teach: Can learn the game while playing
  • Must consider opponent's future move when placing your own move
  • Each move is intimately connected to the next
  • Relatively short game allowing for repeat play when seeking revenge on your opponent

Cons of the Game

  • Can only be played with 2 players
  • Low complexity which may turn away gamers who love extreme complexity
  • The bonus token may be considered by some to give a player too many extra points
  • Some may never consider this game due the title of the game - this would be a shame
  • Not a great game for game night since it can only be played with 2 players

The Happy Boardgamer Rating: 8 out of 10

David

11 Comments

  1. Thanks for this detailed article about the Patchwork Board game 🙂

    I like how you mentioned the pros and the cons, and by the looks of it, the pros heavily outweigh the cons that you mentioned. Even though it can only be played with 2 people, there are much more benefits for the game to offer.

    Thanks so much!

    -Brandon

    • Brandon,
      This is a great game to play. Nice and easy to learn if you have not played many board games before. Indeed the pros outweigh the cons. Thanks for your input. give it a try and buy the game.
      David

  2. As an avid board game player, I’m always looking for new things to play, and I really like it when I found a visual component that makes it more appealing.
    Patchwork has that appealing, but I’d like to ask you: what you think about the replayability of the game?

    • Marcelo,
      Thanks for the comments. As to your question about replayability, this game in my opinion can be played over and over again without losing interest, fun, or challenge. Since the patches are always purchased in a unique order and because the patches are always placed on your game board in a different order, the game is always unique. Similar to your game Santorini, the game rules are simple but the game play has lots of strategy. One must decide on his turn what to buy, what not to buy in order to prevent his opponent from getting a piece that will advance their cause, and where to place the patch on your own board. Thus, I believe this game can be played over and over again. Give it a try and buy it!
      David

  3. My son loves board games and this looks like one he would enjoy! Lot of pros compared to the cons! Seems like there is a fair amount of strategy involved too which I like to challenge my kids. If you had 4 boards could you play with 4 players?

    • Erik,
      The wonderful thing about this game is that it can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. Its not complicated but still filled with strategy. You should buy it for your son since he loves games. It would be a great gift for him. This game can only be played with 2 people.
      David

  4. My grandmother is very into board games. This review was amazing, but I am wondering around what age group is this game targeted toward .

    • Luis,
      This game is targeted towards all ages. Your grandmother would love it. I have not met anybody yet who has played it who does not like it. It gets high rating on the board gaming sites. Would be a perfect gift for her. Just link though my site and she can have it in 2 days if you are an Amazon prime member.
      David

  5. Hi David,

    Great review, like the video tutorial gives people like myself a better understanding of the game, Pros and cons are good insight into to the game for people wanting to see if this for them.
    sam birch

    • Sam,
      I love the videos too. The days of reading instructions on how to play a game are over. You can find a video on any board game in the world and learn how to play it. You tube is truly amazing. If you are new to board gaming, this would be a great one to purchase. Board gaming is a wonderful pastime. Once you get started you will be hooked for life. The days of monopoly are over. These newer games coming out from Europe are a blast. It shore beats watching television. It’s interactive, makes you think, and is full of strategy.
      David

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