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I'll start this review by assuming that you know what Blokus is (tetris, corners, grid, blah blah blah.) If you don't, you're already on a website with tons of great articles explaining it. This review focuses on the Travel Blokus version of the game.

#1 You walk into your local game store and see a copy of Travel Blokus on the shelf.
a) "Travel Blokus? I already own regular Blokus." Go to #2
b) "What is this Blokus you speak of?" Go to #3
c) "Pansy abstract! Maybe they have Advanced Squad Leader in the back." Go to #7

#2 You begin to ponder whether you need another game in your collection that rhymes with Schmokus.
a) "Y'know, I play Blokus a lot with just one other person, but I never travel with it." Go to #6
b) "Blokus might be fun to carry with me on a picnic or to a coffee shop to play with my wife/husband/pet." Go to #5
c) "Blokus is four players or not a game at all!" Go to #7

#3 You ask the extremely friendly and knowledgeable chap that works at the game store (don't laugh!) what Blokus is and he/she explains that is a good abstract strategy game using pieces that look like they fell out of a Tetris game.
a) "Abstract! I love abstract! My firstborn's name is Dvonn." Go to #5
b) "Abstract! I hate abstract! My firstborn's name is Twilight Imperium III (named after me and his grandfather.) Go to #7
c) "I dunno. This could be fun, but I'm not sold." Go to #4

#4 You pull out your wallet and take a look inside.
a) You see cash overflowing your wallet. Go to #5.
b) Not much money, but you spot a credit card not quite maxed out! Go to #6.
c) A moth flies away as you open your wallet, and you curse yourself for spending all your money on a gold plated Monopoly set. Go to #7.

#5 Buy it now! This is a very fun game. It is a touch confrontational as you are only competing against one other person. I find it to be a lot of fun and perfect to bring with my wife and I to play at coffee shops. This version is cheaper than the large version, travels very well, and can give you a taste of the game before you take the plunge for the larger game.

#6 It's a toss up! This game is a lot of fun, but you can play it on a regular Blokus board if you mark off a 14x14 grid in the center. This obviously won't travel as well, but you'll then have the option of playing with 4 if you'd like. If you can routinely play with 4 players, that is a better game than 3 or likely 2, so it would be better to buy the full game.

#7 Walk on by, nothing to see here! If you don't like abstracts, this won't change your mind about them. If you never travel with your games, the portability isn't a plus. If you can easily afford full Blokus, the travel edition won't offer anything new. If you can't afford travel Blokus, you need to spend your money more wisely!
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Fun review - I really dislike that it's been renamed "Travel Blokus" as "Blokus Duo" (which is what it says on my copy) is a much better name, and more accurate - it's Blokus for two players and it's a great 2-player game.
 
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Which name came first? It seemed to me that my early (?) "Travel Blokus" copy preceded "Blokus Duo."
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I don't know actually. I seem to recall that Blokus Duo was the European name and then when it came to North America it became Travel Blokus.

The other reason I prefer Blokus Duo is that it then shows up with my other Blokus games when I sort my collection alphabetically.
 
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