# Official "The Genius Square" Rules

The Square Genius is a logic and strategy-based game where players aim to outwit their opponents by creating squares on a grid. Here are the detailed rules for playing The Square Genius:

#### Equipment:

**Game Board**: A square grid (typically 5x5, 6x6, or 8x8).**Markers**: Two sets of markers in different colors (e.g., red and blue) for each player.**Score Sheet**: To keep track of points.

#### Setup:

**Set Up the Board**:Place the square grid game board in the center of the playing area.

**Choose Colors**:Each player selects a set of colored markers.

**Determine the Starting Player**:Decide who will start the game by any method (e.g., coin toss, high roll).

#### Gameplay:

**Taking Turns**:Players take turns placing one marker of their color on an empty cell of the grid.

The objective is to form squares of any size (2x2, 3x3, etc.) using their markers.

**Forming Squares**:A square is formed when a player’s markers occupy all four corners of a square on the grid.

Squares can be any size, but all four corners must be filled with the player's markers.

**Scoring Points**:Points are scored each time a square is formed.

The points for each square are calculated based on the size of the square:

2x2 square: 1 point

3x3 square: 2 points

4x4 square: 3 points

And so on...

**Blocking**:Players can also place markers to block their opponents from forming squares.

#### Special Rules:

**Overlapping Squares**:Squares can overlap, and points can be scored for each valid square formation.

For example, if a 3x3 square overlaps with a 2x2 square, both can be scored if all corners are properly filled.

**Combining Squares**:Larger squares can include smaller squares within them, and each valid square formation counts separately for scoring.

**Multiple Squares in a Single Turn**:If a player places a marker that completes more than one square, all completed squares are scored.

#### Ending the Game:

The game ends when the entire grid is filled with markers.

Players count their total points based on the squares they have formed.

#### Winning:

The player with the highest total score at the end of the game wins.

#### Strategy Tips:

**Plan Ahead**: Think multiple moves ahead to set up potential squares.**Block Wisely**: Use your turns to prevent opponents from completing squares while setting up your own.**Maximize Points**: Focus on forming larger squares for higher points but don't neglect the opportunity to score smaller squares.

**The Square Genius** is a fun and challenging game that requires strategic thinking and careful planning. It's perfect for players who enjoy games that test their logic and foresight.