Reiner Knizia's Take it Easy!
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Okay, so it's a well-known fact that Reiner Knizia doesn't make gamers' games anymore* as he moved towards lighter, family-friendly games and/or puzzle games. His line-up of Take it Easy!-like games proves this as well; most of the games in the list below were published in 2008 or later.

What do I mean by Take it easy!-like? In most of these games
- you draw a tile and place it immediately on your own board, then draw another tile etc.
- you try to reach the highest possible score, and, if played solo, beat your previous high score
- if not played solo, each player has to place the same tile at the same time.

*Still hoping he will design them again
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1. Board Game: Take it Higher! [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:7238]
Board Game: Take it Higher!
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I can imagine Knizia played and liked Peter Burley's Take it Easy! for long (see later items in this list). I can imagine he decided to make his own variant, something like what he did to Carcassonne: a more thinky, special variant for which he also changed the layout of the tiles.

The result? Take it Higher! has everything the originals have plus some more. As the Knizian spaceship rules make it important to control luck and make the luck of the draw smaller, there are some basic changes: as instead of hecagonal tiles you have octagonal ones the tile distribution is changed. Now you have 8 colors (2 in each direction) instead of 9 in the original (3 in each direction) and you use up a bigger percent of the tiles (75% instead of 70). So the basic game(s) are a bit less random than the original.
Board Game: Take it Higher!

The spaceship rules (2 different rules) add another dimension to the game - a very Knizian dimension at that. Now it includes risk estimation and spatial combination in a very trick way. Not for Take it easy! purists but very good for lovers of Knizia brainburners.
Board Game: Take it Higher!


So I'd guess* Knizia invented these rules and then went to Ravensburger as he knew that it was published by Ravensburger in the 2000s. So the folks at Ravensburger told him now it's published by the original designer's Burley Games but he should design another successful game like this for them as well. So Knizia went to Burley Games and the company did publish Take it Higher! in 2009, the same year when Ravensburger released...

*This story is completely made up; I have no idea how these things happened in reality.
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2. Board Game: FITS [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1636]
Board Game: FITS
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... FITS, which was born to be a success: it's a mix between Take it Easy! and Tetris, two insanely popular games.

In FITS, players have similar boards and the same set of tetris tiles. Players place these tiles on their boards one by one, in the same order (dictated by cards revealed), with only a minor difference: each player has a different starting tile.
This time, all the tiles are used up in the game because the order they come up does matter (unlike in Take it Easy! where you can place the tiles to any free space on the board).
Board Game: FITS

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FITS did indeed become a success, so much that it even earned a Spiel des Jahres nomination (that usually doubles/triples the number of copies sold)...
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3. Board Game: FITS Official Expansion [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
Board Game: FITS Official Expansion
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...which made Knizia publish a 4-board PnP expansion in a few months.

The boards don't present many new ideas (unlike Ted Alspach's unofficial expansions) but they are very tricky to play.
Board Game: FITS Official Expansion

 
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4. Board Game: Mini FITS [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:9092]
Board Game: Mini FITS
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We would like to publish a travel version too, Ravensburger told Knizia. Why not?, asked Knizia who was already working on something different but similar. So he let a Ravensburger worker design the game, and, thinking it can't go wrong, he gave his permission to publish the game under his name.

The travel version of FITS offers more or less the same as the original, only smaller: fewer and smaller boards, fewer tiles - and, unfortunately, some rule changes. Present rules give you 9 points on the second board just when you start to play (uncovered dots don't give you minus points and uncovered symbol triplets give you 3 points), and whenever you cover a symbol you get minus 3 points so you have to work hard to get more than that. Combine this with the original rule that you can decide not to place one or more tiles on your board at all and it's visible that something is not right here.
Board Game: Mini FITS
 
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5. Board Game: BITS [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:4865]
Board Game: BITS
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FITS was a success big enough that Ravensburger was more than happy to accept the prototype of something different but similar at the same time. By the first days of January 2011, BITS was released.

In BITS you place color dominoes on your personal board. Just like in FITS and in Take it Easy!, each player places the same tiles on their boards simultaneously. This time, like in Take it Easy!, a few tiles remain unplayed in the end of the game (round).
BITS is like turning FITS upside down:
- in FITS you create rows from different shaped Tetris tiles (polyominoes). In BITS you create polyominoes from similar shaped row sections (dominoes).
- in FITS you always have the same 4 different boards for the 4 rounds. In BITS you have only one board, but the aims for the first round can be different (1 of 4 different possible aims) and these remain in the whole game, but there is another, additional aim (1 of 4 possible aims) in round 2, then another one in round 3 and another in round 4 as well.
Board Game: BITS

I believe this game is at least as good as FITS; the only advantage FITS has is that it is easier to relate to (because of the Tetris connection).
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6. Board Game: BITS Mitbringspiel [Average Rating:5.69 Unranked]
Board Game: BITS Mitbringspiel
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No one was surprised when the BITS travel version was released in the beginning of 2012.

3 smaller boards, fewer tiles; this game offers just what you could expect from this title.
Board Game: BITS Mitbringspiel
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7. Board Game: Connections [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:8885]
Board Game: Connections
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But Ravensburger, seeing the success of the franchise, kept asking Knizia: more! more! we want more take it easy-like games from you!

So he took his original Take it Easy! box in hand and started toying with the hexagonal tiles. He suddenly had an idea, and, maybe having played Ta YĆ¼ before, or Metro, he designed a connection game with hexagonal tiles where you have to connect the middle tile on the board with the outer sides to gain various points. Ravensburger loved the game and published it in the same size box as FITS and BITS - the game was called Indigo. But it had little to nothing to do with Take it Easy! so they asked him to do what he was asked to do.

So he designed a Metro/Indigo-like connection game with personal boards where you have to connect the middle tile with the outer sides, especially the corners as those give you most points. Ravensburger published Kreuz & Quer just at the same time as Indigo: in the first half of 2012.


Kreuz & Quer is the most Take it Easy!-like one of all the Ravensburger items listed here (while it has a lot in common with Indigo as well). It has cardboard tiles of the same size and shape, it is a connection game and it has (well, instead of letters) small icons on each tile so when a player draws one tile they can say the name of the icon and then everyone else can look for and place the same tile on their boards. Also there are a few tiles that remain unused during game.

Here the 4 sides of each tile can have 3 different look: thick tube, narrow tube, no tube. Placement is done in a Carcassonne-like way (next to already placed tile - and open tube end -, fitting on each sides) with 16 of the 20 border parts having double tubes (each of the 3 different options fit there) and a score that you can lose if you fail to make the connections there. It's interesting to note that while the boards and pre-printed middle tiles all look the same, the layout of the printed scores at the borders is different on each board, so if anyone is copying some other player's moves during the whole game, they will quite probably end up with different scores.

Board Game: Connections
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8. Video Game: Reiner Knizia's Labyrinth [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:5537]
Video Game: Reiner Knizia's Labyrinth
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So that's all about Knizia's Take it Easy!-like multiplayer titles. But actually, all the games above are really "multiplayer solitaire" and can be played 1-player as well. Thinking of it, I have been playing a 2011 app on my smartphone for quite long and it would make a nice Take it Easy!-like version (admittedly the most thematic one) if it was played multiplayer, using cardboard tiles.

Labyrinth is a game for smartphone with a 4x4 board (that is slightly changing during various levels - sometimes a tile is already added by the beginning of the game, sometimes there are some "walls" as objects there). I should count all the tiles that come up in different levels but it feels like there are about 20 labyrinth tiles in the reserve and you are drawing them one by one. Your aim is to get from the bottom entrance to the exit on the top of the labyrinth, collect as many treasure chests as possible and have enough swords that when you meet a monster you can kill them (otherwise the game ends immediately).
Video Game: Reiner Knizia's Labyrinth
Video Game: Reiner Knizia's Labyrinth
Video Game: Reiner Knizia's Labyrinth


If it was a game with cardboard tiles you would have a few tokens, including sword tokens that you would place on the pics of the monsters in the labyrinth. You would have an instruction for each level (like "before starting the game, take out X and Y tiles from the reserve and add W and Z monster tiles to it", "add 2 walls at B2-3 and C2-3") and then the game could be practically the same as the phone version (only the ghost part would be harder to find out - in the phone game as soon as you reach the ghost it teleports to another space that it blocks by the end of the current level. This space is usually quite bad for you, but not so much that it would break the game).

Reiner Knizia's Labyrinth is actually a nice game, although it's strange that it is rather easy to learn all levels and go through all the 21 - after this you can go for higher and higher scores, just like in any 1-player Take it Easy!-version.
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9. Board Game: Cucina Curiosa [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:13079]
Board Game: Cucina Curiosa
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2015 update: Cucina Curiosa had a description that seemed like it would fit the list.

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Cucina Curiosa is a fast-paced tile laying game. Every player has the same set of 20 tiles, showing kitchenettes and paths. Some of the tiles also show lobsters and fishbones.

The game is played over 16 turns. In every turn, the oldest player flips over one of his tiles, then the other players search for the same tile in their set, then everyone places the tile in his personal kitchen.

Once 16 tiles have been played, the game is over and players count their points. Every lobster, that is connected to the entrance by paths is worth 1 point, but fishbones count negative for you, so you want to avoid them. The player with the most points wins!
Board Game: Cucina Curiosa

Then it became clear that the board and the geometry of the tiles looked also curiously similar to Reiner Knizia's Labyrinth. It's a Take it Easy!-like adaptation of the item above.
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10. Board Game: Tajemnicze podziemia [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:8600]
Board Game: Tajemnicze podziemia
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You could say it's a retheme of Cucina Curiosa but it's more like the 'original theme'... Rules are practically the same, maybe with the only difference that in this game you can place your tiles anywhere while in CC you can place them only next to each other. But I'm not even sure about this difference as it's a Polish edition and my Polish is not that good
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11. Board Game: Dziobaki [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
Board Game: Dziobaki
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More or less similar shapes to that in the labyrinth games above, this one is not about blocking monsters but about grouping animals.

(mainly from the description on the game page)

Another tile-laying game with players starting with boards that are identical (although both are two-sided so players can agree which side to use),
Board Game: Dziobaki

and one player drawing tiles that they all will use. They lay tiles on the board trying to make meadows with one type of animal on each meadow. The game ends when player's boards are full. Players score 1 point per animal if that meadow has only that animal type; 0 points if there are more than on type on a meadow. Most points wins.

Board Game: Dziobaki
 
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12. Board Game: Robot Master [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:6212]
Board Game: Robot Master
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And now, a few further solo titles:

This 2008 Reiner Knizia game (well, okay, it's a lot older than that) is very interactive when played multiplayer. However, it can be played solo as well (so it also has a phone version: Robot Master which does have a board) and then the game feels quite different.

While in the multiplayer version you have a hand and you can choose which cards to play, in the solitaire version you draw one card and place that one card (well, there isn't any board here but you are placing the cards on an invisible 5x5 board that has one card placed in the middle, so it's just like in Kreuz & Quer). You place 25 cards of the 36 and go for the highest maximum score according to the rules of the original.
Board Game: Robot Master
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13. Board Game: SuDoku: Das Brettspiel [Average Rating:4.60 Overall Rank:19724]
Board Game: SuDoku: Das Brettspiel
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When Sudoku became the hottest trend in puzzle gaming, Reiner Knizia published several titles, this one among them. It has solo rules where you draw a card, place a card and try to go for the highest possible score or at least beat your own previous results.
Board Game: SuDoku: Das Brettspiel
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14. Board Game: SuDoku Hex! [Average Rating:5.47 Unranked]
Board Game: SuDoku Hex!
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What's written above is true for this PnP game as well; I don't know but maybe some further Knizia Sudoku games have these kind of solo rules.

Board Game: SuDoku Hex!

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15. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:421]
Board Game: Ingenious
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In this 2004 game (the earliest one in this list) the (rather addictive) solo play is similar to the solo play of the Take it Easy! titles: draw one tile, place it on the board, draw another tile and so on. Of course, at the same time it has the Ingenious scoring - after each tile is placed - and the usual evaluation (you have to go for higher and higher lowest color score).

Board Game: Ingenious

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This one also has a phone version.

The same kind of solo play rules are also available for the latest variants based on Ingenious:
Axio
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16. Board Game: Neuron [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:17148]
Board Game: Neuron
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Compared to the entries above, the only thing missing from this title is the board - you have 25 tiles and the only placement rule is that you have to place the tiles next to already placed tiles.
Otherwise, the solo rules of this one really make it Take it Easy!-like: it's a connection game where you score points for all the tiles in the similar-colored continuous lines. The game has two sets of tiles for different play modes: hexagonal (with 6 directions like e.g. Take it Easy!)
Board Game: Neuron

and square (with 8 directions like e.g. Take it Higher!).
Board Game: Neuron
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17. Board Game: Topas [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:14946]
Board Game: Topas
Laszlo Molnar
Hungary
Budapest
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This game, also a game without board (and also one of the first Knizias that got an iPhone version) is probably the one that fits this list the least - but it still does, at least when played solo.

In Topas each player places exactly 7 cards until a round is over. This is true in the solo play rules as well - here you play 7 of the 36 cards (drawing one card, playing it immediately and so on, just like in any game above) in the first round, then these cards are out of the game; you start a second round and so on, playing 28 of the 36 cards altogether in four subsequent rounds.
Board Game: Topas
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