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Patchwork Review

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Many of us might ask our grandma or mom to help sew our tattered clothes, blankets, or stuffed animals back together, but Patchwork lets anyone try to create a beautiful quilt even if we’re the type of person that shouldn’t be allowed near those pointy needles.

Patchwork Board Game Review

7.5 out of 10




Is it Good For Two Players? : Yes

So easy to learn and good for any skill level, Patchwork still offers a lot for more experienced players who want to perfect strategies and go deeper.  Even after countless plays, the puzzle is still there, and trying to figure out the right pieces to get and how to place them together is fun and satisfying.

Theme: 7/10
Replayability: 7/10
Components: 6/10
Conflict: 3/10
Fun: 5/10

Husband’s Rating
7 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
8 out of 10

Pros

Easy to learn and hard to forget

Fairly quick games

Decent quality and pieces

Intricate puzzle with unique tile selection mechanism

Cons

Scoring can be discouraging, it's never fun to say you got negative points

Wish there was a better way to set up tiles initially, just clumsy and has the potential to not be random

Gameplay Experience:

If you’re new to board games there might be no better place to start than Patchwork.  This is one of the first games we added to our collection because it’s two-player only and it seems like people on the internet can’t stop talking about it. 

At the time we couldn’t find the original version of Patchwork anywhere so we had to get the Americana edition.  This version can usually be found for cheaper and goes on sale more often than the original.  There are a lot of different versions of Patchwork,  almost all of the versions play exactly the same, they just look different.

My wife is a puzzle master, as I’m typing this right now, she’s over there doing another 1000-piece puzzle.  I just don’t have the patience for such things, I always try to sit down and place a few pieces with her for a bit but it never ends up well.  So I was a little disappointed when I realized that Patchwork would likely be another game that my wife wins every time, due to her insane puzzling skills.

Patchwork Mid Game

Knowing my defeat would likely be imminent, we sat down to play Patchwork anyway.  For such a small box and simple game, there was a surprising amount of pieces inside.  It also took up a lot more table space than we were expecting.  As the game goes on it takes up less space but early on it was a little shocking.

It didn’t take us long at all to learn how to play Patchwork, the rules are very straightforward.  We were picking our pieces and starting to create our ugly but beautiful patchwork quilts.  About halfway through the game, I realized my assumptions were right, my wife was going to be much better at this than me.

She was loaded with buttons, and her quilt pieces fit together much better than mine.  A few more turns in she finished her 7 x 7 grid, which gets you a bonus at the end of the game.  Even though I was clearly not even in the race anymore I was still having fun trying to get the best pieces for my quilt and figuring out the best way to place them.   

A few more turns and we had finished the game.  My wife’s quilt was pretty seamless and she still had many, many buttons piled up next to her board.  Looking down at mine, quite the opposite was happening, it’s probably a good thing I don’t have a passion for quilting.  

At the end of the game spaces that aren’t filled count as negative two points each, this wasn’t going to be good for me.  After all was said and done, I ended up with like -10 points or something, and my wife was well into the positives.  

After many, many plays of Patchwork, I still get a little too excited when I actually get a positive score, and I don’t know if my wife has ever even gotten a negative score.  Even so, I still enjoy playing Patchwork a lot and won’t turn down a game even though I know I am going to get absolutely demolished.  

Patchwork definitely has some luck involved, which I take full advantage of using as an excuse for my suckiness at this game, but it still is a great game that I don’t think will leave our shelf ever.

How to Play Patchwork

Patchwork is very easy to learn and play.  Players each start with a quilt board, a time token, and 5 buttons.  Buttons are used as currency in the game to buy quilt pieces.  A time board is also placed in between both players and all the quilt pieces are placed around the board in a circle in random order.   

The goal of the game is to fit as many quilt pieces on your quilt board as possible while minimizing empty spaces.  Players will need to pick the right pieces to score well and win.  Pieces can be flipped and rotated any way but once placed on your quilt board they cannot be moved.

Players progress through the game spending buttons to purchase patchwork pieces.  At any time players get to choose from 3 pieces and the choices will vary from turn to turn.  Each patchwork piece costs a certain number of buttons and will also move a player further along the time track after being played.  Players can continue picking pieces until they are ahead of the other player on the time track.  

Patchwork Tile Selection
Players can purchase one piece from the three in front of the wooden time marker.

Some quilt pieces have buttons on them.  If you lay these pieces on your quilt board, you will gain 1 button for each button on your board after passing certain “payout” spaces on the time board.  This is how you continually get more money to buy new quilt pieces.  If you ever don’t have enough buttons to buy a quilt piece you can also go to the space ahead of your opponent and gain as many buttons as spaces you moved forward.  

Patchwork Buttons
Buttons, buttons and more buttons

It is important to maximize buttons and spaces filled while also trying to move as little as possible along the time track.  You want to be able to get enough turns to fill as many spaces as possible so it’s important to try and choose those pieces that don’t move you a lot of spaces.  

There are also certain spaces on the time board that if you get there first give you singular squares to fill in odd gaps on your board.  These are crucial for completing a 7 x 7 grid which gives you bonus points so sometimes you may want to rush ahead to get these.

So how does scoring work in Patchwork?  When you reach the end of the board you will pass the last button payout space, so you will get one final payout for all the buttons on your quilt board.  This adds to your current stock of buttons and the bonus 7 x 7 grid tile if you have it.  After that, all empty spaces on your board count as negative two points, and are taken from your buttons.  The buttons you have left represent your score.

My wife’s final Quilt with a score of 25
Patchwork Scoring
My pathetic score of -1

Conclusion:

Patchwork might be one of the most popular and well-known two-player games of all time.  We can’t deny it is a great game.  It is quick to play, super easy to learn, and impossible to forget. You might even go to bed dreaming about quilting patterns after playing a few rounds.   

For a game that’s so easy to learn and good for any skill level, Patchwork still has a lot for more experienced players who want to perfect strategies and go deeper.  Even after countless plays, there is always still the puzzle of figuring out the right pieces to get and how to maximize buttons and spaces filled.  

No matter how many times you play Patchwork, each game will be different because of the way tiles are arranged in the beginning.  It will be up to the player to figure out the best way to maximize their score and effectively pick and place the right pieces.  This leads to a lot of replayability but also leads to one of our first slightly negative aspects of the game.  

First, the way the tiles are “randomly” laid out feels a little clumsy, but we really couldn’t think of any way it could be better.  This random tile laying also might make Patchwork a little luck dependent. Since the pieces are randomly arranged and you only get to pick from three at a time, for us at least, some games seem one-sided.  Sometimes you may feel like you never get to select from the good pieces while your opponent gets prime picks over and over again.  

I am unsure if these one-sided games are just in my head, since I am rather bad compared to my wife or if anybody else feels the same way sometimes.  Let us know in the comments below if on occasion you just feel like you can’t get good pieces while your opponent gets the pick of the litter, or should I say fabric.  

The only other negative we really have about the game is how much table space it takes up.  This isn’t a game that you can play on any old small table because the quilt pieces have to be arranged in such a way.  As long as you have the space, don’t mind your games being a little luck dependent, and you like puzzles(or at least your wife does), Patchwork might be the perfect game to add to your collection

Is Patchwork Good For Two Players?:

Patchwork is a two player only game so given everything above we’ve already said, we recommend it to add to your 2 player board game collection.  If you’re like us though, you or your gaming partner might totally dominate at this game while the other, not so much.  

Even though this would usually be a big negative for us, in this case not so much because Patchwork still brings me a lot of enjoyment even when I am getting my butt kicked.  It’s still a fun game, even if I score negative more than I would like to admit.

So even if you and your opponent’s skill levels end up not matching, it might not be as big of an issue as with other games but it’s always something to consider if you’re somebody who needs games that work no matter differences in skill level.

Pros

  • Easy to learn and hard to forget
  • Fairly quick games
  • Decent quality and pieces
  • Intricate puzzle with a unique tile selection mechanism

Cons

  • Scoring can be discouraging, it’s never fun to say you got negative points
  • Wish there was a better way to set up tiles initially, just clumsy and has the potential to not be random

Patchwork Board Game - A Two-Player Quilting Strategy Game by Uwe Rosenberg! Interactive Puzzle Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 8+, 2 Players, 30 Minute Playtime, Made by Lookout Games
Patchwork Board Game - A Two-Player Quilting Strategy Game by Uwe Rosenberg! Interactive Puzzle Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 8+, 2 Players, 30 Minute Playtime, Made by Lookout Games
Patchwork Board Game - A Two-Player Quilting Strategy Game by Uwe Rosenberg! Interactive Puzzle Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 8+, 2 Players, 30 Minute Playtime, Made by Lookout Games

We hope this Patchwork two player review has helped you.

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What is the Best Version of Patchwork

There are a lot of versions of Patchwork available.  Most of them play the same with the biggest difference being the way they look, so the best version of Patchwork is the one that looks the best to you.  Since they play the same we probably will not have individual reviews for each.  Below is a list of all the different versions of Patchwork.

  • Patchwork
  • Patchwork Americana
  • Patchwork Christmas
  • Patchwork Halloween
  • Patchwork Valentines
  • Patchwork Poland
  • Patchwork Taiwan
  • Patchwork Scandinavia
  • Patchwork Andes
  • Patchwork China
Patchwork Board Game Valentine's Day Edition | Strategy Game | Puzzle Game | Family Board Game for Kids and Adults | Ages 8 and up | 2 Players | Average Playtime 30 Minutes | Made by Lookout Games
Patchwork Halloween Edition Board Game - A Spooky Two-Player Quilting Strategy Game! Interactive Puzzle Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 8+, 2 Players, 30 Min Playtime, Made by Lookout Games

There are also a few versions of the game that actually do play differently. So if you do want something that plays like Patchwork but is just a little different check out some of the versions below.

Lookout Games Patchwork Doodle Board Game - Creative Strategy Game, Puzzle Game, Drawing Game, Family Board Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 8+, 1-6 Players, 20 Minute Playtime, Made
Lookout Games Patchwork Doodle Board Game - Creative Strategy Game, Puzzle Game, Drawing Game, Family Board Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 8+, 1-6 Players, 20 Minute Playtime, Made
Lookout Games Patchwork Doodle Board Game - Creative Strategy Game, Puzzle Game, Drawing Game, Family Board Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 8+, 1-6 Players, 20 Minute Playtime, Made

Patchwork Doodle

A draw and write version of patchwork where pieces are decided by cards and dice.  A big difference with this version is that it can be played by 1-6 players instead of two players only.

Patchwork Express Board Game - Fast-Paced Two-Player Quilting Strategy Game! Interactive Puzzle Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 6+, 2 Players, 20 Minute Playtime, Made by Lookout Games
Patchwork Express Board Game - Fast-Paced Two-Player Quilting Strategy Game! Interactive Puzzle Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 6+, 2 Players, 20 Minute Playtime, Made by Lookout Games
Patchwork Express Board Game - Fast-Paced Two-Player Quilting Strategy Game! Interactive Puzzle Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 6+, 2 Players, 20 Minute Playtime, Made by Lookout Games

Patchwork Express

An easier, quicker, less complicated version of Patchwork.  Quilt boards are easier to fill than in the original game.  

Stack'n Stuff Board Game - A Patchwork Game For Two Players! Quick and Strategic Moving Game, Puzzle Game, Fun Family Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 6+, 2 Players, 20-30 Mins, Made by Lookout Games
Stack'n Stuff Board Game - A Patchwork Game For Two Players! Quick and Strategic Moving Game, Puzzle Game, Fun Family Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 6+, 2 Players, 20-30 Mins, Made by Lookout Games
Stack'n Stuff Board Game - A Patchwork Game For Two Players! Quick and Strategic Moving Game, Puzzle Game, Fun Family Game for Kids & Adults, Ages 6+, 2 Players, 20-30 Mins, Made by Lookout Games

Stack n Stuff

A Patchwork Game - Basically Patchwork but instead of quilting, you're trying to perfectly fill a moving truck.


Patchwork Digital

Patchwork also has a digital version of the game available on apple, android, and steam. We haven’t had a chance to test it out yet but reviews for it seem promising.


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