The Quoridor board game grabbed my attention immediately when I saw it appear on TikTok. I’m not a big fan of lengthy and complex board games, that require you to keep the instruction manual nearby. I want something that you can easily understand and teach to your kids, but still has some depth to it while you play. Quoridor seems to check all of those boxes, it’s a strategic, checkers-style board game where the aim is to get your pawn to the opposite side of the board faster than your opponent.
How to Play Quoridor
The game consists of a 9X9 playing grid, a set of pawns and a stack of wooden panels. With each turn you’re able to do one of two things. First, you’re able to progress your pawn 1 square in any direction. Secondly, you can choose to cast a wall / barrier on any spot on the board. This allows you to block your opponent going into a certain direction, delaying them from winning the game.
Of course your opponent is allowed to do the same. You’ll find that soon enough the whole board looks like a maze or labyrinth, making it more difficult reaching the opposite side. You’re not allowed to box in your opponent with the walls, as there should always be an open spot for your opponent to reach their opposide side.
Whenever you bump into your opponent’s pawn you’re able to hop over it, progressing you one additional space on the board.
The game is most fun in a 1 vs 1 setting, but there’s also a Battle Royale mode, where 4 players can take it up against one another, each starting on one side of the board.
Check out the helpful video below to better understand how to play Quoridor:
- 2-4 players
- Strategic checkers game
- Ages 8 and up
- Board and pieces made of durable wood
- Average playing time: approx. 15 minutes
- Box contains a playing board, 4 pawns and 20 wooden walls
Where Can I Buy Quoridor?
You can buy Quoridor at your local board game retailer or on Amazon via the link below:
There’s also a handy travel-sized edition called Quoridor Mini available for cheaper than the original: