21 Abstract Strategy Games

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Begin Young and Develop Strategic Reasoning

One of the curious and fascinating things about these and other abstract strategy games is that even very young children can learn the rules. 

Most of the rules are quite simple and few in number. Discovering strategies for winning, however, takes time.

Older kids benefit too, of course

It is one thing to learn how to move the game pieces, as a young child can learn to do, randomly around the board with no observable strategy for winning. It is something else to develop a winning strategy.

It takes effort and patience and logic to discover how to win consistently over time and against a variety of opponents.

There are plenty of games in this collection to give your child a strong foundation in strategic game play.

And there are plenty of other benefits to be gained as well.

The Benefits are Far and Wide

Academic Benefits

logical thinking
deductive reasoning
spatial reasoning
pattern recognition
problem-solving skills

observation skills
number sense
probability sense
memory
network study

resource management
stress reduction
evaluation skills
computation
planning skills

Benefits to Character

cooperation
competition
pleasure
decision-making skills
delayed gratification
family relationships

leadership skills
trust
empathy
social bonding
self-control
confidence

frustration tolerance
patience
humility
determination
concentration
joy

Abstract strategy games have many academic, social, psychological, and health benefits.

Logical thinking, spatial reasoning, and pattern recognition are a few of the math-related problem-solving skills that abstract strategy games utilize and in turn help to develop.

Social and psychological benefits also appear. Skills in decision-making, planning, and improved concentration to cooperation, confidence, and delayed gratification, and much much more, are all involved.

Research has also shown benefits to brain growth and brain maintenance as well as other health benefits – such as stress reduction and lower blood pressure; even reduced risk for Alzheimer’s.

Abstract Strategy Games for all

The games in this collection and others like them have fascinated people the world over for centuries, for millennia even.

They have been played on boards made of the finest materials in the highest courts by the grandest of kings and queens. 

And they have been scratched into dirt and played with pebbles by children in the fields. 

And they are being played right now in living rooms and parlors on tabletops and floors amongst families and friends all over the world, maybe even right next door. 

Seven Game Types are Included

This series broadly covers all of the major categories of Abstract Strategy Game.

 

Alignment
Blocade
Capture
Hunt
Territory
Nim
Single Player

Horse Shoe (Level 1) is a fun and easy Blocade game to begin with.

Played in China.

Heroes and Champions (Level 3) is a form of NIM, an ancient, probably pre-historic abstract strategy game.

Octopus (Level 3) is a Blocade game played by the Maori people of New Zealand.

Mini-Monsters vs The Blob (Level 2) is a Hunt game played in Thailand.

Three Levels of Difficulty

There are three levels to this series of abstract strategy games. Some players will be able successfully play the harder games at early ages, and some may find the easiest games something of a challenge.

Level 1 Kindergarten & First Grade on up
Level 2 First Grade & Second Grade on up
Level 3 Second Grade & Third Grade on up

Each Level represents an approximation of the appropriate age range to begin play.

As a general rule, the games in this series are organized from the more simple to the more complex. 

All of these games have the potential to intrigue players of all ages.

Actual aptitude, of course, varies from person to person. Certainly older kids can play the early levels, as developing winning strategies can be challenging for any age.

The minimum age for many of these abstract strategy games is about five years old. There certainly is no maximum age.

Origins

Abstract Strategy Games are found throughout history and in countless cultures. Adults have been playing many of these games from time immemorial. 

Many of these games are very old, ancient even. Others are more recent inventions. Some are inventions of specific cultures and are played to this day.

Jewelbugs (Level 2) is a form of Gonu, a capture game popular in Korea.

The Hare and the Hounds (Level 3) probably originated in ancient Egypt, and was known to have been played in ancient Rome.

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