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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:


  • 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.


  1. Set Up the Board:

    • Place the square grid game board in the center of the playing area.

  2. Choose Colors:

    • Each player selects a set of colored markers.

  3. Determine the Starting Player:

    • Decide who will start the game by any method (e.g., coin toss, high roll).


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

  4. Blocking:

    • Players can also place markers to block their opponents from forming squares.

Special Rules:

  1. 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.

  2. Combining Squares:

    • Larger squares can include smaller squares within them, and each valid square formation counts separately for scoring.

  3. 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.


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

Strategy Tips:

  1. Plan Ahead: Think multiple moves ahead to set up potential squares.

  2. Block Wisely: Use your turns to prevent opponents from completing squares while setting up your own.

  3. 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.

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