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David Waller
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A while back I stumbled across a small abstract game that really intrigued me. It...

* played on a 4*4 grid
* had a designer and/or publisher that was pretty famous
* was published under at least 2 different names
* (almost?) always has a full board of pieces
* contains 4 or 8 different pieces (astrology themed in one variant)
* lets you choose which row/column to push
* makes you move with the previously pushed piece
* is won by creating a pattern (line?) of identical pieces

In other words, I remember pretty much everything except for the name! Any help figuring out what the name of the game is would be massively appreciated!
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Is it Quarto?
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No, sorry! Funny how many of the points above it fulfils though.

More clues:

* In one or all of the published variants, the playing pieces are discs.
* In the astrology themed one the colour palette is purple/pink.
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This is going to be harder than I expected. There are more Games played on a 4x4 grid than I thought. I'm looking through that geeklist now. I'll see if I can find a match.
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Oooh, nice list! Didn't know about that, thank you for the tip!

Even if we can't find "my" game in there I've already seen plenty others on it that I didn't know about, so this thread will end happily either way!
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Are you sure it was 4x4? Sounds a bit like Invers or Quixo or Cambio
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mrraow wrote:
Are you sure it was 4x4? Sounds a bit like Invers or Quixo or Cambio


Yup! Can't seem to find it in the 4*4 list, but I'm 100% sure.

Shove Off seems very similar, but that wasn't it.
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Slidey and PGH-4 are similar to Shove off. Don't know if there was yet another "version" of that game by Petri Helke with astrology theme.

If you come up with another 4x4 game please let me know. I'm always looking...

I'll also point out that there are a large series of geeklists which have gameboards of various sizes. The geeklists are summarized on wiki page Gameboards
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Could it be Rubik's Tac Toe aka Rubik's Eclipse?

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The Player of Games wrote:
Could it be Rubik's Tac Toe aka Rubik's Eclipse?

YES!! Thank you ever so much!

Holler if you ever cross the Öresundsbro, I'll buy you a beer!
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The Player of Games wrote:
Could it be Rubik's Tac Toe aka Rubik's Eclipse?



I had the same thought, but you don't "push" pieces along a row or column.
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herace wrote:
I had the same thought, but you don't "push" pieces along a row or column.

Yup, seems I got several things on my things-I-remember list messed up, apologies. Memories sure are a fickle thing..

Thank you all for helping me out, in spite of the shoddy clues!
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