Take Tetrominos To The Tabletop In Topa Topa

November 13, 2018 by cassn

As part of the preview of their 2019 releases, IELLO Games have developed a game which combines card drafting, tetromino placement, and roll-and-write mechanics to bring strategic tile-placement to the tabletop.

Topa Topa is a Tetris-style roll-and-write game. On their turn, a player drafts a card from their neighbour. This card shows the tetromino shape which the player then writes on their individual player board.

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Each game lasts three rounds, and rounds are scored based on levels completed, shapes used and special conditions. There are also coins, which allow a player to manipulate the rules surrounding drafting and drawing their tetromino shapes.

There has been a recent resurgence in popularity for both tabletop Tetris-style games and roll-and-write gaming. However, as I said when I reported on Brikks and Arraial, I just don't see the appeal of Tetris outside of the digital world. And with the sheer amount of tetromino tabletop releases this year, I'm starting to feel like I must be missing something which makes them so appealing.

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Topa Topa was only showing as a prototype demonstration at Essen, and isn't due for release until 2019. However, if unlike my cynical soul, you find the idea of tetromino roll-and-writes appealing, you can keep up to date with Topa Topa through the IELLO website.

What is your opinion of tabletop tetromino games? Let us know!

"There has been a recent resurgence in popularity for both tabletop Tetris-style games and roll-and-write gaming"

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