Mini Review - Pentago

Written by Jon-Paul D / Published June 15th, 2012 / 0 Comments

Our WHEN ABSTRACTS ATTACK tournament of 2-4 abstract games is coming up in just 10 days!  Expect to see a number of games featured on this blog in the coming days, as we build towards this exciting event!

Perhaps the best reason to hang out at Snakes & Lattes is the staff, all of whom are passionate and excited about their favourite board games. As this blog grows and develops, we'll be seeing more content from these wonderful people. Speaking of which, one of our game enthusiasts, Thomas Berton, has contributed the following Mini Review for Pentago.  Check it out!

Pentago is a game that does many things well: it adds strategic depth to the simple concept of Tic-Tac-Toe by allowing players to rotate segments of the board; it elegantly forces players to consider every possibility while remaining simple and manageable; and it plays quickly enough that a rematch is always an option. But for me, what Pentago does best is that it brings all those qualities together, creating a game that constantly punishes arrogance. I can’t count how many times I’ve been sure that I was one move away from winning, only to have my opponent play their piece, rotate the board and snatch my victory away. Afterwards, I try to be more attentive, but if I ever let my guard down, the same thing happens. That’s what makes Pentago so much fun: it never permits complacency. When you think you’ve got it figured out, it wipes the smug smile off your face and keeps you coming back for more.

Pentago is one of the many games featured in the WHEN ABSTRACTS ATTACK tournament, which takes place on Monday, June 25th, starting at 7pm.  To sign up, simply send an email to, or visit our Facebook Event Page!

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