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Give Your Brain a Workout With Pentago

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Great board games often requires players to think strategically. The best of them, however, can take hours to play—think Risk—and can be overly complex or heavy on rules. Pentago from Mind Twister has been around for awhile but for those who don't know about it, Pentago necessitates strategy, has a 10-minute playthrough time and fewer rules than fingers on your hand, but doesn't sacrifice an iota of fun or sophistication. Endgadget.com called it a "twisty strategy game with legs."

In a round of Pentago, two players take turns placing tokens in one of 36 slots on a board divided into quadrants, and rotate one quadrant at the end of each turn in a race to create a row of five tokens. It sounds easy, but the game—which is like a combination of checkers, tic-tac-toe and Othello—lends itself to exciting plays, both aggressive and defensive, and offers action and stimulation but doesn't leave players with aching heads.

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