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If you've come to this page, you've probably got a couple of Treehouse sets, maybe some Martian Coasters, and a desire to go beyond those two games. This page is intended to provide a central, organized list of quality pyramid games, so that you can quickly find a proven solid game that you have [[:Category:Stashes or sets required|sufficient pieces]], players, time, and other equipment to play. Select your highest priority or consideration to see the games that qualify.
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Only representative games are listed here under each heading.  You can click on each subheading title to see ''all'' eligible games in that category.
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Interested in exploring the wider world of Pyramid games? With [[Browse_games/All|{{#ask: [[Status::!Hidden]] | format=count}}]] games currently recorded on this wiki, it can sometimes be difficult and overwhelming to figure out what to try next. This page is intended to serve as a navigational chart to help players, new and old alike, find quality games. It has been carefully compiled and curated by experienced [[Starship Captain|Starship Captains]] over the last '''{{#expr:{{formatnum:{{CURRENTYEAR}}|R}}-2007}} years'''. Not all of the games may be a good fit for your particular group, but each is notable in its own way. So, regardless of whether you have the opulent [[Pyramid Arcade]], an older IceDice bag, or even some of the venerable [[Treehouse set|Treehouse tubes]], hopefully you will find something below that can give you hours (or at least minutes) of enjoyment.
  
If you're interested in seeing the most recent games published and in development, check out what's [[New in 2012|new in 2012]] or [[New in 2013|2013]].
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== Further Resources ==
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Ready to dive a little deeper? Visit the [[Browse games]] page to find up-to-date lists of all games based on a variety of search criteria such as complexity, number of players, or equipment required.
  
Feeling bold and adventurous? Want to try something wild and weird?  There are many [[Games Under Development|games in development]] that could use your attention.
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Interested in seeing the most recent games, both complete and in development? Check out these [[Games Released in the Past Five Years]]
  
Looking for reviews on or guidance with the {{count of games}} listed on this site? Check out [[Game Reviews |our links to reviews]] found on the web.
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Feeling bold and adventurous? Want to try something wild and weird?  There are many [[Games Under Development|games in development]] that could use comments or playtesting.
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== Number of Treehouse Sets ==
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This section is for pyramid games that require [[Treehouse]] sets. The more Treehouse sets you have, the more games you can play (as is obvious below). Once you have five matching Treehouse sets, you can play nearly every game on this wiki... but you can only play all of them&mdash;or only play with more than four or five players&mdash;with five sets of both Xeno and Rainbow [[Treehouse]].
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:''[[IceDice]] counts as 2 Treehouse sets.''
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Looking for more detailed reviews and comments? Have a read through [[Game Reviews |our links to reviews]] found on the web.
  
As should be obvious, assume that you can play every game that requires fewer sets than you currently own; designers will only list games in the one sub-section which covers the minimum required number of sets.
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:'''Legend'''
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:*<sup>1</sup> = requires that many sets per player.
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:*<sup>2</sup> = requires that many sets each of Rainbow and Xeno (i.e. uses more than four or five colors).
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:*([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]]) = published in ''[[Playing with Pyramids]]''
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:*([[Hypothermia|Hypo]]) = published in ''[[Hypothermia]]''
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:*([[ICE-7|I7]]) = published in ''[[ICE-7]]''
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:*([[Pyramid Primer|PP]]) = published in ''[[Pyramid Primer]]''
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:*([[3HOUSE|3H]]) = published in ''[[3HOUSE]]''
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:*([http://games.wtanaka.com/ GWC]) = playable at [http://games.wtanaka.com/ games.wtanaka.com]
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:*([http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]) = playable at [http://superdupergames.org/ SuperDuperGames]
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:*([[Icehouse Game Design Competition|IGDC]]) = winner of an [[Icehouse Game Design Competition]]
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=== One Set per Player ===
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== Using These Lists ==
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The most useful unit for counting pyramids is the "Trio" (one pyramid of each size, all of the same color). Most of the lists below are organized by how many trios are required per color. Most of the time, you can expand the number of games you can play with your collection by grouping trios from two similar colors and treating them as if they were a single color. This works particularly well for abstract games in which color does not have any meaning beyond player ownership.
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:[[IceDice]] ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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:[[Plutonian Poker]], +1 set
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=== [[:Category:Treehouse set|One Set]] ===
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<tr><th >Recommended color pairs</th></tr>
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: Red - Orange
:[[3-High]]
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: Yellow - Clear
:[[Apophis]]
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: Green - Cyan
:[[Armada]], 2-player only<sup>1</sup>
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: Blue - Purple
:[[Cardinal Connections]]
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: Black - White
:[[Cold Spell]]
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</td></tr></table>
:[[Crosswalk]]
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:[[Drip]]
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:[[Epicycle]]
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:[[Gleebs and Grues]]
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Many of the older game rules still refer to "[[Stash|Icehouse stashes]]", "[[Treehouse set|Treehouse sets]]", or "[[Rainbow]]/[[Xeno]] stashes". These are all remnants of how the pyramids were packaged for sale by [[Looney Labs]] at the time the rules were written. In all cases, a "stash" means 5 trios in either a single color (Icehouse or monochrome) or five different colors (Treehouse, Rainbow, or Xeno).
:[[Ice Age]]
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:[[IceGolf]]
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:[[IceSickle]]
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:[[Martian Coasters]] ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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:[[Martian 8-Ball]]
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:[[Moon Shot]]
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:[[Nothing Beats a Large]]
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:[[Penguin Soccer]] ([http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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:[[Pharaoh]] ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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Only representative games are listed in each section. Please see the additional links in each section for more related games.
:[[Pink Hijinks]]
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:[[Pyramideto]]
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:[[Rotationary]] ([[Hypothermia|Hypo]])
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:[[Thin Ice]]<sup>1</sup> ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]])
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:[[Tic Tac Doh!]] ([[ICE-7|I7]])
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:[[Treehouse]], up to 4 players ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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:[[Twin Win]]
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:[[Zamboni Wars]]
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=== [[:Category:2HOUSE|Two Sets]] ===
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:'''Legend'''
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:*<sup>A</sup> = [[Award-Winning Games|Winner of a Pyramid community or boardgame industry design award.]]
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:*<sup>F</sup> = (TO BE ADDED SOON) Fan favorites. These games rank consistently high on Starship Captain lists.
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:*<sup>P</sup> = [[Published Games]]
:[[Alien City]]
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:*<sup>[http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup> = Playable at [http://superdupergames.org/ SuperDuperGames]
:[[Flags]]<sup>2</sup>
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:[[Folio]]
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:[[Freeze Tag]]
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:[[Gnaqush]]
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:[[Ice Dao]]
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:[[Landing Zone]]
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:[[Martian Chess]], up to 3 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [[3HOUSE|3H]], ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]]), [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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:[[Mundialito]]
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:[[Quintazone]], 4 to 5 players
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:[[Timelock]]
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:[[Treehouse]], up to 9 players ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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:[[Virus Fight]]
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=== [[:Category:3HOUSE|Three Sets]] ===
 
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:[[Black ICE]] ([[3HOUSE|3H]]), ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
 
:[[Binary Homeworlds]] ([[3HOUSE|3H]]), ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
 
:[[Dectana]]
 
:[[Martian Chess]], up to 5 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [[3HOUSE|3H]], ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]]), [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
 
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:[[Pyrinoes]]
 
:[[Quintazone]], 3 players only
 
:[[Trice]]
 
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:[[Unocitta]]
 
:[[World War 5]] ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
 
:[[Zark City]] ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
 
</tr></table>
 
  
=== [[:Category:4HOUSE|Four Sets]] ===
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== Any Color of Trios ==
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Color does not actually matter in these games. As long as you have the right number of trios, you can play them.  
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:[[Folio]]
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:[[Infiltrate]]
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:[[Martian Chess]], up to 6 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [[3HOUSE|3H]], ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]]), [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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:[[Moscow Ice]]
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</tr></table>
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=== [[:Category:5HOUSE|Five Sets]] ===
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: [[Armada]]<sup>P</sup>: 2p, 5 trios, Miniature wargame
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: [[Cardinal Connections]]: 2-4p, 4 trios, Orientation control
:[[Alien City]] ([http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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: [[Epicycle]]: 2p, 5 trios, Shared pieces
:[[Ambush]]
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: [[IceSickle]]<sup>P</sup>: 2p, 5 trios, Jumping & capturing
:[[Blam!]] ([http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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: [[Martian Chess]]<sup>A, P, [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>: 2-4p, 3 trios per player, Abstract strategy
:[[Branches & Twigs & Thorns]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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</td>
:[[CrackeD Ice]] ([[Hypothermia|Hypo]])
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:[[Edges]] ([http://zillionsofgames.com Zillions of Games])
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:[[Extinction]]
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:[[Gnostica]], up to 5 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[Hypothermia|Hypo]])
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:[[Hextris]] ([[Icehouse Game Design Competition|IGDC]])
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:[[Homeworlds]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]]), [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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:[[Icehouse]], up to 5 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]]), [[ICE-7|I7]])
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:[[IceTowers]], up to 5 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]]), ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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:[[Invaders of Mars]]
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:[[Kotra]]
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:[[Logger]]
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:[[Mandala]]
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:[[Martian Backgammon]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]])
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:[[Nile]]
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:[[Pikemen]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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:[[Pylon]] ([[Icehouse Game Design Competition|IGDC]])
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:[[Quicksand]]
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:[[Quintazone]], 2 players only
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:[[RAMbots]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]])
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:[[Skurdir]]
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:[[Sprawl]]
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:[[Stack Control]]
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:[[Subdivision]]
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:[[Synapse-Ice]]
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:[[Torpedo]], up to 5 players ([[Icehouse Game Design Competition|IGDC]])
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:[[Undercut]] ([[Icehouse Game Design Competition|IGDC]])
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:[[Volcano]], with [[Volcano caps]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [http://games.wtanaka.com/volcano GWC], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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:[[Zagami]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]])
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:[[Zarcana]], up to 5 players
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:[[Zendo]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[Hypothermia|Hypo]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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=== Six Sets or More ===
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: [[Hijinks]]<sup>P</sup>: 2p, 3 trios, Quick pattern forming
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: [[Rotationary]]<sup>P</sup>: 1p, 5 trios, Solitaire puzzle
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: [[Thin Ice]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-10p, 5 trios per player, Light dexterity
:[[Blockade]]
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: [[Tic Tac Doh!]]<sup>P</sup>: 2p, 5 trios, Shared n-in-a-row
:[[Caldera]] ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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: [[Treehouse]]<sup>A, P</sup>: 2-4p, 1 trio per player + 1 extra, Pattern matching
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</td></tr></table>
  
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* Full list of games requiring [[Browse_games/One_color|One color]]
:[[Gnostica]], up to 6 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[Hypothermia|Hypo]])
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:[[IceTowers]], up to 6 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]]), ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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:[[Volcano|Mega Volcano]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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:[[Zarcana]], up to 10 players
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=== [[:Category:RX|RX]] and [[:Category:R%2BX%2B|R+X+]] ===
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== Variable Number of Trios per Color ==
The '''RX''' and '''R+X+''' categories include pyramid games require both Rainbow and Xeno sets but less than a complete Ten House set. For example, those under the '''RX''' category only require one set of each, while those in the '''R+X+''' category may be playable with the pyramids in an IceDice set and a Xeno booster or two.
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These games require a variable number of trios, usually based on the number of players.
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:[[Flags]]
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<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 style="padding-left:1em; text-indent:-0.8em;">
For a comprehensive list of games playable with ten or more Treehouse sets (i.e., a complete set) or odd combinations of more than five Xeno and Rainbow sets, see the links for [[What_Can_I_Play%3F#Six_Stashes|six stashes or more below]]. Some games require a complete set of both five Xenos and five Rainbow sets. Those in this final category are also tagged [[:Category:10HOUSE|10HOUSE]] .
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: [[Homeworlds|Homeworlds (Non-Binary)]]<sup>P, [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>: 3-6p, 1 trio per player + 1, 4 colors, Space chess chaos
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: [[IceDice]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-3p, 1 trio per player in 5 colors, Push-your-luck set collection
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: [[Plutonian Poker]]: 2-6p, 1 trio per player + 1 in 5 colors, Stack building
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: [[Pikemen]]<sup>P, [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>:, 2-4p, 5, 4, or 3 trios (for 2, 3, or 4 players), 1 color per player, Abstract strategy
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: [[Quintazone]]: 2-5p, 1 color per player with 5, 3, or 2 trios (for 2, 3, or 4-5 players), Card laying with hidden goals
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: [[RAMbots]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-4p, 1 trio per player + 1 in 4 colors, Simultaneous programming
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: [[Virus Fight]]: 2-5p, 1 trio per player in 5 colors, Strategy programs
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</td></tr></table>
  
== Number of Pyramid Stashes ==
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* Full list of games requiring [[Browse_games/Trios_per_color_per_player|Trios per color per player]]
This section is for pyramid games that use monochrome [[Icehouse Stash|stash]]es.
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As should be obvious, assume that you can play every game that requires fewer stashes than you currently own; designers will only list games in the one sub-section which covers the minimum required number of stashes.
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== One Trio per Color ==
:'''Legend'''
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:*([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]]) = published in ''[[Playing with Pyramids]]''
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:*([[Hypothermia|Hypo]]) = published in ''[[Hypothermia]]''
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: [[3-High]]: 1-4p, 5 colors, Cooperative
:*([[ICE-7|I7]]) = published in ''[[ICE-7]]''
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: [[Apophis]]<sup>A</sup>: 1-4p, 5 colors, Real-time cooperative
:*([[Pyramid Primer|PP]]) = published in ''[[Pyramid Primer]]''
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: [[Crosswalk]]: 2p, 5 colors, Abstract race
:*([[3HOUSE|3H]]) = published in ''[[3HOUSE]]''
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: [[Gleebs and Grues]]: 2p, 5 colors, Quick abstract
:*([http://games.wtanaka.com/ GWC]) = playable at [http://games.wtanaka.com/ games.wtanaka.com]
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: [[Looney Ludo]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-6p, 1 color per player, Dynamic race
:*([http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]) = playable at [http://superdupergames.org/ SuperDuperGames]
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:*([[Icehouse Game Design Competition|IGDC]]) = winner of an [[Icehouse Game Design Competition]]
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=== [[:Category:One stash per player|One Stash per Player]] ===
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: [[Nothing Beats a Large]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-5p, 5 colors, RPS with hidden goals
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: [[Penguin Soccer]]<sup>[http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>: 2p, 3 colors, Abstract strategy
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: [[Pharaoh]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Area control
:[[Armada]] Two-Player; or Multiplayer ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]])
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: [[Twin Win]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-3p, 5 colors, Hidden goals
:[[Blam!]] ([http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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: [[Zamboni Wars]]: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Maze battle
:[[Branches & Twigs & Thorns]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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</td></tr></table>
:[[CrackeD Ice]] ([[Hypothermia|Hypo]])
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:[[Gnostica]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[Hypothermia|Hypo]])
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:[[Icehouse]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]]), ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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:[[IceSickle]]
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<td width=33%>
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:[[IceTowers]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]])
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, ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]]):[[Martian Coasters]] ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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:[[Moscow Ice]]
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:[[Nothing Beats a Large]] (min. 3)
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:[[Pharaoh]]
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:[[Pikemen]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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:[[Quintazone]]
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:[[Subdivision]] ([http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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:[[Thin Ice]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]])
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:[[Torpedo]] ([[Icehouse Game Design Competition|IGDC]])
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:[[World War 5]]
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:[[Zamboni Wars]]
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:[[Zarcana]]
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:[[Zark City]] ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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=== [[:Category:Single stash|Single Stash]] ===
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* Full list of games requiring [[Browse_games/One_trio_per_color|One trio per color]]
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<td width=33%>
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:[[Cold Spell]]
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:[[Drip]]
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:[[Epicycle]]
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:[[Ice Age]]
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<td width=33%>
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:[[IceGolf]]
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:[[Moon Shot]]
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:[[Pink Hijinks]]
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<td>
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:[[Tic Tac Doh!]] ([[ICE-7|I7]])
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:[[Rotationary]] ([[Hypothermia|Hypo]])
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:[[Treehouse]], up to 4 players ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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</tr></table>
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=== [[:Category:2 stashes|Two Stashes]] ===
 
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<td width=33%>
 
:[[Ambush]]
 
:[[Edges]] ([http://zillionsofgames.com Zillions of Games])
 
:[[Freeze Tag]]
 
:[[Gnaqush]]
 
:[[Hextris]], 2 players ([[Icehouse Game Design Competition|IGDC]])
 
:[[Ice Dao]]
 
:[[Infiltrate]]
 
<td width=33%>
 
:[[Kotra]]
 
:[[Krump]]
 
:[[Landing Zone]]
 
:[[Martian Backgammon]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]])
 
:[[Martian Chess]], up to 3 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [[3HOUSE|3H]], ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]]), [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
 
:[[Mundialito]]
 
:[[Penguin Soccer]] ([http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
 
<td>
 
:[[Pylon]] ([[Icehouse Game Design Competition|IGDC]])
 
:[[Quicksand]]
 
:[[Sprawl]]
 
:[[Synapse-Ice]]
 
:[[Timelock]]
 
:[[Treehouse]], up to 9 players ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
 
</tr></table>
 
  
=== [[:Category:3 stashes|Three Stashes]] ===
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== Two Trios per Color ==
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: [[Folio]]: 2p, 4 colors, N-in-a-row restriction
:[[Alien City]] ([http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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: [[Freeze Tag]]<sup>A</sup>: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Racing
:[[Crosswalk]]
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: [[Ice Dao]]: 2p, 2 colors, Shifting n-in-a-row
:[[Dectana]]
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: [[Landing Zone]]: 2-5p, 1 color per player, Simple dexterity
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</td>
:[[Hextris]], up to 3 players ([[Icehouse Game Design Competition|IGDC]])
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:[[Invaders of Mars]]
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:[[Martian Chess]], up to 5 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [[3HOUSE|3H]], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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<td>
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:[[Unocitta]]
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:[[Trice]]
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=== [[:Category:4 stashes|Four Stashes]] ===
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<td width=50%>
<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0>
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: [[Martian 12s]]<sup>A</sup>: 2-5p, 5 colors, Gambling
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: [[Mundialito]]<sup>A</sup>: 2p, 5 colors, Abstract soccer
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: [[Timelock]]: 1-2p, 5 colors, Pattern matching
:[[Binary Homeworlds]] ([[3HOUSE|3H]]), ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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</td></tr></table>
:[[Extinction]]
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:[[Homeworlds]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]]), [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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<td width=33%>
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:[[Mandala]]
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:[[Martian Chess]], up to 6 players ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [[3HOUSE|3H]], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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:[[RAMbots]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]])
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<td>
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:[[Skurdir]]
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:[[Zagami]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]])
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:[[Zendo]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[Hypothermia|Hypo]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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</tr></table>
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=== [[:Category:5 stashes|Five Stashes]] ===
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* Full list of games requiring [[Browse_games/Two_trios_per_color|Two trios per color]]
<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0>
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<tr valign=top>
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<td width=33%>
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:[[3-High]]
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:[[Apophis]]
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:[[Black ICE]] ([[3HOUSE|3H]]), ([[Pyramid Primer|PP]])
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:[[IceDice]]
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:[[Logger]]
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<td width=33%>
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:[[Pyrinoes]]
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:[[Stack Control]]
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:[[Nile]]
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:[[Plutonian Poker]]
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:[[Pyramideto]]
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<td>
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:[[Twin Win]]
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:[[Undercut]]
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:[[Virus Fight]]
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</tr></table>
+
  
=== [[:Category:6 stashes|Six Stashes]] ===
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== Three Trios per Color ==
<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0>
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<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 style="padding-left:1em; text-indent:-0.8em;">
<tr valign=top>
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<tr valign=top><td width=50%>
<td width=33%>
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: [[Black ICE]]<sup>P</sup>: 2p, 5 colors, Hidden information
:[[Blockade]]
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: [[Dectana]]: 2-5p, 1 color per player, Territory control
<td>
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: [[Binary Homeworlds|Homeworlds (Binary)]]<sup>P, [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>: 2p, 4 colors, Space chess
:[[Volcano]] ([[Playing with Pyramids|PwP]], [[ICE-7|I7]], [http://games.wtanaka.com/volcano GWC], [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG])
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: [[IceTowers]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-6p, 1 color per player, Real-time strategy
<td width=33%>
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: [[Pyrinoes]]<sup>A</sup>: 2p, 5 colors, Hybrid dominoes
:
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</td>
</tr></table>
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=== [[:Category:7 stashes|Seven Stashes]] ===
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<td width=50%>
<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0>
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: [[Skurðir]]: 2-5p, 5 colors, Route building
<tr valign=top>
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: [[Volcano|Volcano (Pyramid Arcade)]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-3p, 10 colors, Competitive puzzle
<td width=33%>
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: [[World War 5]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Area control
:
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: [[Zark City]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-5p, 1 color per player, Area control
</tr></table>
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</td></tr></table>
  
=== [[:Category:8 stashes|Eight Stashes]] ===
+
* Full list of games requiring [[Browse_games/Three_trios_per_color|Three trios per color]]
<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0>
+
 
<tr valign=top>
+
== Four Trios per Color ==
<td width=33%>
+
<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 style="padding-left:1em; text-indent:-0.8em;">
:[[Volcano|Mega Volcano]] with [[Volcano Caps]]
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<tr valign=top><td width=50%>
 +
: [[Infiltrate]]: 2p, 2 colors, Abstract strategy
 
</td>
 
</td>
<td width=33%>
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:  
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<td width=50%>
</td>
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: [[Moscow Ice]]: 2-4p, 1 per player,  Similar to Chinese Checkers
<td width=33%>
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:
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</td></tr></table>
 
</td></tr></table>
  
=== [[:Category:9 stashes|Nine Stashes]] ===
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* Full list of games requiring [[Browse_games/Four_trios_per_color|Four trios per color]]
<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0>
+
 
<tr valign=top>
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<td width=33%>
+
== Five Trios per Color ==
:[[Volcano|Mega Volcano]]
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<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0 style="padding-left:1em; text-indent:-0.8em;">
 +
<tr valign=top><td width=50%>
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: [[Alien City]]<sup>A, [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>: 2p, 3 colors, City building
 +
: [[Ambush]]<sup>A</sup>: 2p, 2 colors, Capturing
 +
: [[Blam!]]<sup>[http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Quick abstract
 +
: [[Blockade]]<sup>P</sup>: 2p, 6 colors, 2D race
 +
: [[Branches & Twigs & Thorns]]<sup>P, [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Go-like abstract
 +
: [[CrackeD Ice]]<sup>P</sup>: 3-5p, 1 color per player, Dexterity
 +
: [[Edges]]: 2p, 2 colors, Abstract placement
 +
: [[Extinction]]: 2p, 2 colors, Abstract strategy
 +
: [[Gnostica]]<sup>P</sup>: 3-6p, 1 color per player, Territory control
 +
: [[Hextris]]: 2-3p, 1 color per player, Pattern building
 +
: [[Icehouse]]<sup>P</sup>: 3-5p, 1 color per player, Real-time strategy
 +
: [[Kotra]]: 2 or 4p, 1 color per player, Inspired by Backgammon
 +
: [[Krump]]: 2p, 1 color per player, Abstract strategy
 +
: [[Logger]]: 2-4p, 5 colors + 2 opaque trios, Growing & chopping 
 +
: [[Mandala]]: 2-5p, 5 colors, Set collection
 
</td>
 
</td>
<td width=33%>
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:  
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<td width=50%>
</td>
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: [[Martian Backgammon]]<sup>P</sup>: 2p, 2 colors, Inspired by Backgammon
<td width=33%>
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: [[Volcano (variants)|Mega Volcano]]<sup>P, [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>:  1-4p, 9 colors, Competitive puzzle
:
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: [[Nile]]: 2p, 5 colors, Worker placement
 +
: [[Pylon]]<sup>A</sup>: 2p, 2 colors, Placement & stacking
 +
: [[Quicksand]]<sup>A</sup>: 2p, 2 colors, Capture & rotation
 +
: [[Sprawl]]<sup>A</sup>: 3-8p, 1 color per player, Building & blocking
 +
: [[Stack Control]]: 2-5p, 5 colors, Stacking & elimination
 +
: [[Subdivision]]: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Restricted placement
 +
: [[Synapse-Ice]]: 2p, 2 colors, Placement restriction
 +
: [[Torpedo]]<sup>A</sup>: 2-5p, 1 per player, Real-time strategy
 +
: [[Undercut]]<sup>A</sup>, 3-5p, 5 colors, Reverse auction
 +
: [[Volcano (variants)|Volcano (Classic)]]<sup>P, [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>: 1-4p, 5 colors (plus caps)
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: [[Zagami]]<sup>P</sup>: 4p, 4 colors, Engine building
 +
: [[Zarcana]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Territory control
 +
: [[Zendo]]<sup>A, P, [http://superdupergames.org/ SDG]</sup>:  3-7p, 4 colors, Inductive reasoning
 
</td></tr></table>
 
</td></tr></table>
  
=== [[:Category:10 stashes|Ten Stashes]] ===
+
* Full list of games requiring [[Browse_games/Five_trios_per_color|Five trios per color]]
 +
 
 +
== Six Trios per Color or More ==
 
<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0>
 
<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0>
<tr valign=top>
+
<tr valign=top><td width=50%>
<td width=33%>
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:[[Caldera]]<sup>P</sup>: 2-3p, 5 colors, Competitive puzzle
:[[Flags]]
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</td>
 
</td>
<td width=33%>
 
:
 
</td>
 
<td width=33%>
 
:
 
</td></tr></table>
 
=== [[:Category:11 stashes|Eleven Stashes]] ===
 
<table width=100% cellspacing=0 cellpadding=0>
 
<tr valign=top>
 
<td width=33%>
 
:
 
</td>
 
<td width=33%>
 
:
 
</td></tr></table>
 
  
== Time to Play ==
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<td width=50%>
Many pyramid games can be played in a matter of [[:Category:minutes|minutes]].
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Some require around a [[:Category:half hour|half hour]]; and others can take an [[:Category:hour|hour]] or [[:Category:hours|more]].
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</td></tr></table>
  
Still others have no set limit and could, theoretically, be played [[:Category:indefinitely|indefinitely]] or until the players want to quit.
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* Full list of games requiring [[Browse_games/Six_trios_per_color_or_more|Six trios per color or more]]
  
== Number of Players ==
 
Choose the number of players you have on hand to play:
 
<table cellpadding=3 cellspacing=0>
 
<tr valign=top><td>
 
[[:Category:Solitaire|1]]<td>[[:Category:2-player|2]]<td>[[:Category:3-player|3]]<td>[[:Category:4-player|4]]<td>[[:Category:5-player|5]]
 
</td><td>
 
[[:Category:6-player|6]]<td>[[:Category:7-player|7]]<td>[[:Category:8-player|8]]<td>[[:Category:9-player|9]]<td>[[:Category:10-player|10]]
 
</td></tr>
 
<tr valign=top><td colspan=10>
 
[[:Category:n-player|games for play groups that can be any size]]
 
</td></tr></table>
 
  
 
== Other Languages ==
 
== Other Languages ==
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[[:Category:Slovak|Slovak]]
 
[[:Category:Slovak|Slovak]]
  
[[:Category:Spanish|Spanish (Espanol)]]
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[[:Category:Spanish|Spanish (Espa&ntilde;ol)]]
  
== Other Equipment Required ==
 
Choose what other equipment with which you want to play:
 
<table cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0>
 
<tr valign=top align=left>
 
<th width=120>Boards
 
<th width=100>Cards
 
<th>Game Pieces
 
<tr valign=top>
 
<td>
 
[[:Category:Chessboard|Chess (8x8)]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Volcano board|Volcano (5x5)]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Mega-Volcano board| Mega-Volcano (6x6)]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Hex board|Hex]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:GRYB|GRYB System]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Custom board|Custom]]<BR />
 
<td>
 
[[:Category:Playing Cards|Standard Deck]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Tarot deck|Tarot Deck]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Aquarius|Aquarius Deck]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Uno_cards|Uno Cards]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Decktet|Decktet]]
 
<td>
 
[[:Category:Dice|Dice]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Gaming Stone|Gaming Stones]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Polyhedral Dice|Polyhedral Dice]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Martian Coasters|Martian Coasters]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Piecepack|Piecepack]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Dominoes|Dominoes]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Scrabble|Scrabble Tiles]]<BR />
 
</table>
 
 
Got older, solid pyramids?  You can still play any of [[:Category:Non-stacking|these games]].
 
 
== Theme and Mechanics ==
 
Choose a common [[:Category:Theme|theme]], styles of play, or general rule [[:Category:Mechanics|mechanics]]:
 
<table cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0>
 
<tr valign=top align=left>
 
<th width=100>Theme
 
<th width=100>Style
 
<th>Mechanics
 
<tr valign=top>
 
<td>
 
[[:Category:Abstract|Abstract]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Combat|Combat]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Martian theme|Martian]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Mystical|Mystical]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Real Estate|Real Estate]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Robots|Robots]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Space|Space]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Sports|Sports]]
 
<td>
 
[[:Category:Dexterity|Dexterity]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Placement|Placement]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Programming|Programming]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Push your luck|Push Your Luck]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Race|Race]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Roleplaying|Roleplaying]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Solitaire|Solitaire]]
 
<td>
 
[[:Category:Capture|Capture]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Color powers|Color Powers]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Freeform board|Freeform Board]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Stacking|Stacking]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Turnless|Turnless]]<BR />
 
[[:Category:Hidden information|Hidden information]]
 
</table>
 
  
 
== Online Play ==
 
== Online Play ==
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* [[:Category:Games on Wtanaka|games.wtanaka.com]]
 
* [[:Category:Games on Wtanaka|games.wtanaka.com]]
 
* [[:Category:Games on SDG|SuperDuperGames]] - turn based PbW
 
* [[:Category:Games on SDG|SuperDuperGames]] - turn based PbW
 
[[Edges]] can be played at [http://zillionsofgames.com Zillions of Games]
 
 
[[Martian Chess]] has a free iPhone app.
 

Latest revision as of 14:48, 2 March 2020


Interested in exploring the wider world of Pyramid games? With 517 games currently recorded on this wiki, it can sometimes be difficult and overwhelming to figure out what to try next. This page is intended to serve as a navigational chart to help players, new and old alike, find quality games. It has been carefully compiled and curated by experienced Starship Captains over the last 13 years. Not all of the games may be a good fit for your particular group, but each is notable in its own way. So, regardless of whether you have the opulent Pyramid Arcade, an older IceDice bag, or even some of the venerable Treehouse tubes, hopefully you will find something below that can give you hours (or at least minutes) of enjoyment.

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Ready to dive a little deeper? Visit the Browse games page to find up-to-date lists of all games based on a variety of search criteria such as complexity, number of players, or equipment required.

Interested in seeing the most recent games, both complete and in development? Check out these Games Released in the Past Five Years

Feeling bold and adventurous? Want to try something wild and weird? There are many games in development that could use comments or playtesting.

Looking for more detailed reviews and comments? Have a read through our links to reviews found on the web.

Using These Lists

The most useful unit for counting pyramids is the "Trio" (one pyramid of each size, all of the same color). Most of the lists below are organized by how many trios are required per color. Most of the time, you can expand the number of games you can play with your collection by grouping trios from two similar colors and treating them as if they were a single color. This works particularly well for abstract games in which color does not have any meaning beyond player ownership.

Recommended color pairs
Red - Orange
Yellow - Clear
Green - Cyan
Blue - Purple
Black - White

Many of the older game rules still refer to "Icehouse stashes", "Treehouse sets", or "Rainbow/Xeno stashes". These are all remnants of how the pyramids were packaged for sale by Looney Labs at the time the rules were written. In all cases, a "stash" means 5 trios in either a single color (Icehouse or monochrome) or five different colors (Treehouse, Rainbow, or Xeno).

Only representative games are listed in each section. Please see the additional links in each section for more related games.

Legend


Any Color of Trios

Color does not actually matter in these games. As long as you have the right number of trios, you can play them.

ArmadaP: 2p, 5 trios, Miniature wargame
Cardinal Connections: 2-4p, 4 trios, Orientation control
Epicycle: 2p, 5 trios, Shared pieces
IceSickleP: 2p, 5 trios, Jumping & capturing
Martian ChessA, P, SDG: 2-4p, 3 trios per player, Abstract strategy
HijinksP: 2p, 3 trios, Quick pattern forming
RotationaryP: 1p, 5 trios, Solitaire puzzle
Thin IceP: 2-10p, 5 trios per player, Light dexterity
Tic Tac Doh!P: 2p, 5 trios, Shared n-in-a-row
TreehouseA, P: 2-4p, 1 trio per player + 1 extra, Pattern matching

Variable Number of Trios per Color

These games require a variable number of trios, usually based on the number of players.

Homeworlds (Non-Binary)P, SDG: 3-6p, 1 trio per player + 1, 4 colors, Space chess chaos
IceDiceP: 2-3p, 1 trio per player in 5 colors, Push-your-luck set collection
Plutonian Poker: 2-6p, 1 trio per player + 1 in 5 colors, Stack building
PikemenP, SDG:, 2-4p, 5, 4, or 3 trios (for 2, 3, or 4 players), 1 color per player, Abstract strategy
Quintazone: 2-5p, 1 color per player with 5, 3, or 2 trios (for 2, 3, or 4-5 players), Card laying with hidden goals
RAMbotsP: 2-4p, 1 trio per player + 1 in 4 colors, Simultaneous programming
Virus Fight: 2-5p, 1 trio per player in 5 colors, Strategy programs

One Trio per Color

3-High: 1-4p, 5 colors, Cooperative
ApophisA: 1-4p, 5 colors, Real-time cooperative
Crosswalk: 2p, 5 colors, Abstract race
Gleebs and Grues: 2p, 5 colors, Quick abstract
Looney LudoP: 2-6p, 1 color per player, Dynamic race
Nothing Beats a LargeP: 2-5p, 5 colors, RPS with hidden goals
Penguin SoccerSDG: 2p, 3 colors, Abstract strategy
PharaohP: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Area control
Twin WinP: 2-3p, 5 colors, Hidden goals
Zamboni Wars: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Maze battle


Two Trios per Color

Folio: 2p, 4 colors, N-in-a-row restriction
Freeze TagA: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Racing
Ice Dao: 2p, 2 colors, Shifting n-in-a-row
Landing Zone: 2-5p, 1 color per player, Simple dexterity
Martian 12sA: 2-5p, 5 colors, Gambling
MundialitoA: 2p, 5 colors, Abstract soccer
Timelock: 1-2p, 5 colors, Pattern matching

Three Trios per Color

Black ICEP: 2p, 5 colors, Hidden information
Dectana: 2-5p, 1 color per player, Territory control
Homeworlds (Binary)P, SDG: 2p, 4 colors, Space chess
IceTowersP: 2-6p, 1 color per player, Real-time strategy
PyrinoesA: 2p, 5 colors, Hybrid dominoes
Skurðir: 2-5p, 5 colors, Route building
Volcano (Pyramid Arcade)P: 2-3p, 10 colors, Competitive puzzle
World War 5P: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Area control
Zark CityP: 2-5p, 1 color per player, Area control

Four Trios per Color

Infiltrate: 2p, 2 colors, Abstract strategy
Moscow Ice: 2-4p, 1 per player, Similar to Chinese Checkers


Five Trios per Color

Alien CityA, SDG: 2p, 3 colors, City building
AmbushA: 2p, 2 colors, Capturing
Blam!SDG: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Quick abstract
BlockadeP: 2p, 6 colors, 2D race
Branches & Twigs & ThornsP, SDG: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Go-like abstract
CrackeD IceP: 3-5p, 1 color per player, Dexterity
Edges: 2p, 2 colors, Abstract placement
Extinction: 2p, 2 colors, Abstract strategy
GnosticaP: 3-6p, 1 color per player, Territory control
Hextris: 2-3p, 1 color per player, Pattern building
IcehouseP: 3-5p, 1 color per player, Real-time strategy
Kotra: 2 or 4p, 1 color per player, Inspired by Backgammon
Krump: 2p, 1 color per player, Abstract strategy
Logger: 2-4p, 5 colors + 2 opaque trios, Growing & chopping
Mandala: 2-5p, 5 colors, Set collection
Martian BackgammonP: 2p, 2 colors, Inspired by Backgammon
Mega VolcanoP, SDG: 1-4p, 9 colors, Competitive puzzle
Nile: 2p, 5 colors, Worker placement
PylonA: 2p, 2 colors, Placement & stacking
QuicksandA: 2p, 2 colors, Capture & rotation
SprawlA: 3-8p, 1 color per player, Building & blocking
Stack Control: 2-5p, 5 colors, Stacking & elimination
Subdivision: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Restricted placement
Synapse-Ice: 2p, 2 colors, Placement restriction
TorpedoA: 2-5p, 1 per player, Real-time strategy
UndercutA, 3-5p, 5 colors, Reverse auction
Volcano (Classic)P, SDG: 1-4p, 5 colors (plus caps)
ZagamiP: 4p, 4 colors, Engine building
ZarcanaP: 2-4p, 1 color per player, Territory control
ZendoA, P, SDG: 3-7p, 4 colors, Inductive reasoning

Six Trios per Color or More

CalderaP: 2-3p, 5 colors, Competitive puzzle


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Online Play

Online implementations of various games at: