While attendees at Wanted Design, held in New York in May during NYCxDESIGN, were greeted by a wealth of innovative designs from around the world, one simple box literally stopped people in their tracks.
The Grid Game, created by Mexico City designer Victor Alemán and designed in collaboration with LEFT Furniture, is a new take on conventional dominoes. Rather than match half of a piece to another, players must match both the color and height of a hexagonal tile to those that have already been played, creating a beautifully intricate pattern. It can be played with one to 11 people, and players can add more Grid Games to make even bigger and challenging games. The Grid Game set includes tiles, a sleek package for storage, a rules book, cloth bag, and commemorative posters.
So far, the Grid Game has proven it can stand up to classic tabletop games, having been supported for a significant portion more than the original goal on Kickstarter, and with more than 2,900 games scheduled to arrive at backers’ homes this fall. Backers can pre-order the game either as a Starter Edition (from $30) with five colors and 50 tiles, or six colors and 88 tiles in the Full Edition (from $55). Special editions, including a natural solid wood collection using ebony, ash, oak, bocote, walnut, maple, and rosewood, are also available.
While demonstrating the game for i+s, Wanted attendees consistently flocked to Alemán, with one exclaiming she had already heard about the game. If that's any indication, the Grid Game may do just as well in retail stores as it has so far on Kickstarter. For more, visit thegridgame.co.