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UNBOXING Gorinto, an elegant abstract tile-laying game, one of the best new board games of 2021

Take a look at what you get in the production version of Grointo, an abstract strategy game featuring stacking plastic tiles.


Place a tile to collect one or more tiles, each tile you collect increases your knowledge in the five elements, the more knowledge you have the more tiles you can collect. Scoring happens every season and what you score changes every game.

Disclosure: I was sent a production copy of Gorinto from Grand Gamers Guild as a thank you for doing a preview of the game before their Kickstarter went live.


What you get with Gorinto an abstract strategy board game

From the publisher:

Elements gather energy in unique patterns, challenging you with finding the ideal route to balance and harmony. Earth digs deep, Water flows wide, Fire rises high, Wind blows freely, and Void slips between the rest. Can you gain the understanding you need to uncover true elemental wisdom?

A Gorinto is a type of Japanese pagoda of the five elements: earth (cube), water (sphere), fire (pyramid), air (crescent), and void (lotus). It often housed the relic of a Buddha or saint, and together represent the realm of perfect understanding.

In Gorinto, players take turns selecting element tiles from the Path (perimeter) and moving them onto the Mountain (game board). Each element collects in a unique pattern. The elements collected each turn will allow you to collect more elements over the turns and rounds.

Points are scored at the end of each round based on goals selected at the start of the game, as well as the elements chosen at the end of the game. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Will you achieve perfect understanding?


For more information on Gorinto check out my Gorinto prototype review. While the components have been improved in the production copy the gameplay remains unchanged. 

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