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Simple yet engaging and addictive tabletop game that combines elements of skill, strategy, and precision. The gameplay is all about flicking discs across wooden board with an aim to place them in specific high scoring areas. Crokinole appeals to players of all ages and can be played in casual settings or competitive tournaments.
What Elements are Included?
Who is the Game for?
Who Should Play?
Crokinole game is a good fit for a wide range of players. Both casual gamers and serious board game enthusiasts can enjoy it. You can play it as an individual or as a team. It is perfect for social gatherings, family events, or friendly competitions.
Friends & Social Groups
Board Game Enthusiasts
Who Should Not Play?
Although Crokinole appeals to a wide audience, it may not be the best fit for everyone.
People who don't like physical contact or flicking actions
and are not fans of dexterity-based games.
Players who don't like competition.
Players who prefer complex strategy games.
People who prefer quick games.
How to Play?
The rules of crokinole have many variations.
The aim of the game is to be the first player/team that reaches 100 points. (Some game variants play a set number of rounds and grant 2 points to a player who gets the most points in a round. The winner is then the player with most round wins).
How to Get Points?
Discs that get into the middle hole while keeping all the game rules.
All the points except the points for getting the disc inside the central hole are counted at the end of the round.
There are free scoring areas on the board:
5 points circles: For each disc remaining in the 5 points circle at the end of the game (not touching the starting line) the player will gain 5 points.
10 points circles: For each disc remaining in the 10 points circle at the end of the game, the player will gain 10 points.
15 points circles: For each disc remaining in the 15 points circle at the end of the game the player will gain 15 points.
On Each turn player shoots one of his discs by flicking it on the game board. The shooting disc should be placed on a starting line within his quadrant. The rules and the main goal of the shot are different for a case that there are/ there are no opponents discs on the board.
If there are no opponents discs on the board:
If there are opponent discs on the board:
Game ends when one of the players or teams reaches 100 points. A game round ends when players don't have more discs to shoot with.
Crokinole is a fast-paced and dynamic game. On their turns, players flick the disc on the board and there is a constant back-and-forth interaction. Although it is possible that in some specific circumstances a player might take some time to calculate his moves and strategy, most times the turns are quick and there is minimal down time during gameplay.
Players use their fingers to flick the discs across the board.
Initially, placing game discs in specific places on the board can help achieve different objectives. The objectives can vary from aiming for a higher score, blocking the opponent's shots, preventing the opponent from getting into specific spots/zones, protecting their own discs and even calculating the required position to get advantages from the rebound of opponents' shot.
Risk vs. Reward:
Almost any shot in the Crokinole game will require the player to evaluate the potential risks vs. potential achievements. Very often, players will need to decide whether they prefer to go for a tough shot that may cause a higher score or go for a safer shot that will cause fewer points. Taking a defensive vs. offensive game strategy is also based on weighting the potential risks vs. potential rewards.
In games that heavily rely on area control, players aim to establish control over specific areas on the game board. In Crokinole, players can not officially establish control over any zone. However, while some elements of area control mechanics exist in Crokinole, they are not as emphasized as in many other area control games. The scoring in Crokinole does not consider areas controlled by the player, but the strategic positioning of discs in specific areas can influence the game and can be seen as area control.
While Crokinole was not designed with an educational value in mind and education is not something what comes in mind when one thinks about a Crokinole game, playing it can still offer some educational benefits.
Fine Motor Skills
Crokinole requires a complete control over finger movements and over the power and the direction of their flicks. Practicing Crokinole shots may positively affect the ability to manipulate small objects with finger movements.
In Crokinole, players need to match their hand movements with the visual information they collect from the board.
Crokinole players must plan their shots to make the most of each shot they make. It is essential to evaluate the current board state, potential shot angles and risks, and potential payoffs of different shots.
Basic arithmetic skills
In Crokinole, players keep track of their own scores and their opponents' scores. Evaluating the scoring opportunities of each shot is also part of game strategy. While the official scoring happens at the end of each round, mental score calculations occur throughout the entire game. By consistently calculating scores, players can improve their mental math abilities and become faster and more accurate when performing arithmetic calculations.
Geometry and Spatial Awareness
Playing Crokinole may help in developing a better understanding of angles, distances, and spatial relationships between objects. Before taking a shot, players estimate the angles, the rebound angles, the forces and the trajectories of shots. All those analyses may contribute to a better understanding of geometric principles.
Playing Crokinole can positively impact the brain in various ways:
Focus and Concentration
To make strategically smart shots, players must pay close attention to things happening on the board and carefully weigh the various available options. The shots themselves require focus and accuracy to be successful.
Crokinole players plan, decide and adapt to changing situations. Having a long-term strategy for the game helps decide which are the best shots to make and when is the best time to make them.
Players must constantly analyze the board state and plan the shot based on angles, distances, and obstacles.
Critical thinking comes to play in Crokinole game when players evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies they have taken and try to improve it.
Problem solving skill comes to play when the player analyzes the game board and finds the shot with the most scoring/success potential. Finding new ways to score when opponents' previous shot completely changes the board state is also a great opportunity to practice problem-solving skills.
Crokinole is a dynamic game where each shot changes the board state. Adjusting game plans and responding to opponent's moves helps develop quick thinking, flexibility, and the ability to react to changing circumstances.
Gathering information from the board, weighting the pros and cons for shots and deciding on the most promising one is what decision making is all about and it can be practiced before each shot in the game.
Crokinole is a fun and exciting recreational activity. Playing it requires attention and this way, it also takes the focus away from life stress. The gameplay itself contributes to positive emotions, like excitement and satisfaction. It is a social activity, and connecting with people in a positive environment helps reduce stress.
Although Crokinole is primarily about having fun, it engages the mind and provides mental stimulation, making it a healthy activity for the brain.
Size & Quality
Board Size & Function
Crokinole boards are traditionally made of wood, covered with a protected layer, and polished to ensure smoothness and durability. Hardwoods such as maple, birch, or oak are used to make high-quality boards. Pine, plywood or MDF are usually used for simpler boards. Some boards feature a minimalist design embracing the natural beauty of the wood, while other boards have painted artwork, or engraved patterns.
The diameter of the standard Crokinole board playing surface is 26" [66 cm]. The outer board size can vary depending on the exact design. The diameter of the central hole is 7" [17.5 cm]. However, it is important to note that although there is a standard tournament board size, some of the commercially available board may have different dimension and different center hole diameter.
The game discs are traditionally made of wood and have black and natural wood colors. Sometimes the discs are made of high quality woods while others may be made of composite materials. The discs are usually 1.25" [32 mm] in diameter. However, some boards may come with slightly smaller or slightly larger discs. The colors of the discs vary between different manufacturers, those do not affect the gameplay.
How does it expand Crokinole?
70 cards and 1 dice that are included in the expansion add a fresh layer of variety and gameplay options to the traditional Crokinole game. The expansion offers players two new ways to play on their Crokinole board.
First game is Crokinole Elimination
Second game is Crokinole Solitaire
Is Crokinole Easy to Learn?
Crokinole rules and game mechanics are relatively straightforward and can be learned quickly. The physical movement of flicking discs is intuitive and does not require a learning curve. That makes the game accessible to players of different levels and ages. Coming up with optimal strategies is something that may take time to master. Crokinole is a game that is enjoyable for both complete beginners and professional players.
Is Crokinole Accessible for Color Blind Players?
Crokinole can be accessible for color-blind people, but not all sets are. Distinguishing between different discs and areas on the board is crucial for the gameplay. Color choices of the discs and board marks affect the accessibility of the game. Some manufacturers try to use highly contrasting colors and add additional patterns on the game discs to make the game enjoyable for players of all abilities. You can make a Crokinole set you already own more color blind accessible by adding stickers or markers on the game discs.
How to Play Crokinole with 3 Players?
Crokinole is traditionally played by 2 players or 2 teams of players. But rule variations exist to make the game appropriate for 3 players play as well. The third player will need discs of different colors. The scoring will remain the same as in a regular Crokinole game. To ensure fairness in terms of disc positions on the board during a 3-player game, it is important to rotate the gameplay area after each turn. Alternatively, players can switch positions with each turn.
How Re-playable is Crokinole?
Crokinole is a highly re-playable game. It is social, competitive and takes time to master. All of those contribute to the replay value of the game.
Can Crokinole be Played as a Solo Game?
Crokinole is a social game. However, some players have come up with rules to play the game in solo mode as well.
The goal of a solo mode is usually to achieve the highest possible score in a set number of turns. The aim of each shot would be to get into a center hole or the 15 point area on the board.
Playing solo is a great opportunity to improve some skills: aiming, flicking and strategy building.
Is Crokinole a Popular Game in Certain Regions or Countries?
Crokinole is considered a traditional Canadian game, and it is very popular in Canada, especially in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. The game gained popularity in the USA, Europe and beyond.
Are There Tournaments or Championships for Crokinole?
Crokinole is a competitive game that has gained popularity in the world. As a result, tournaments and championships are held, allowing players to showcase their skills and compete against each other. The World Crokinole Championship, held annually in Tavistock, Ontario, Canada and is a must-attend event for many Crokinole enthusiasts. Different regions and communities around the world host their own tournaments and championships. Among the popular Crokinole tournaments there are: The US National Crokinole Championship, The World Crokinole Shootout, The European Crokinole Championship and The International Crokinole Association Tournament.
What are the Best Strategies to Win Crokinole?
There is no one strategy to win the game. Each game is different, and the right strategy has a lot to do with the game strategy that the opponent goes with. However, here are some general strategies that can increase your chances of success:
Where and How to Store a Crokinole Board?
To protect the board, make sure it is stored in a clean, dry, and safe location. The board needs to be cleaned and possibly wrapped before storing. You can use a dedicated Crokinole board storing case or just use clean cloth or blanket. Avoid placing heavy objects on the board as those can cause deformation. Do not store the board in places with extreme temperatures, humidity, or direct sunlight.
You can store the game in a cabinet or place it vertically against the wall. If you prefer a visually appealing storage solution, you can hang the board on the wall. This way you keep not only the board safe but also turn it into a unique decorative art piece.
Pros & Cons Summary
Price Vs. Value
While the cost of a Crokinole board may be significantly higher compared to some other tabletop games, it reflects the top-notch quality of the game board and the amount of work that takes to create all of its components. Crokinole has proven to be highly re-playable and has stood the test of time. The physical and interactive elements encourage social interactions. The combination of finger-flicking action, strategic decision-making, and competitive gameplay sets Crokinole apart from other games, allowing it to provide a unique gaming experience for generations. The game can provide hours of enjoyment for players of all ages and skill levels.