What Can I Play?
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 sufficient pieces, players, time, and other equipment to play. Select your highest priority or consideration to see the games that qualify.
Only representative games are listed here under each heading. You can click on each subheading title to see all eligible games in that category.
Feeling bold and adventurous? Want to try something wild and weird? There are many games in development that could use your attention.
- 1 Number of Treehouse Sets
- 2 Number of Pyramid Stashes
- 3 Time to Play
- 4 Number of Players
- 5 Other Languages
- 6 Other Equipment Required
- 7 Theme and Mechanics
- 8 Online Play
Number of Treehouse Sets
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—or only play with more than four or five players—with five sets of both Xeno and Rainbow Treehouse.
- IceDice counts as 2 Treehouse sets.
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.
- 1 = requires that many sets per player.
- 2 = requires that many sets each of Rainbow and Xeno (i.e. uses more than four or five colors).
- (PwP) = published in Playing with Pyramids
- (Hypo) = published in Hypothermia
- (I7) = published in ICE-7
- (PP) = published in Pyramid Primer
- (3H) = published in 3HOUSE
- (GWC) = playable at games.wtanaka.com
- (SDG) = playable at SuperDuperGames
- (IGDC) = winner of an Icehouse Game Design Competition
One Set per Player
Six Sets or More
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.
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 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 10HOUSE .
Number of Pyramid Stashes
This section is for pyramid games that use monochrome stashes.
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.
Time to Play
Many pyramid games can be played in a matter of minutes.
Still others have no set limit and could, theoretically, be played indefinitely or until the players want to quit.
Number of Players
Choose the number of players you have on hand to play:
Other Equipment Required
Choose what other equipment with which you want to play:
Got older, solid pyramids? You can still play any of these games.
Theme and Mechanics
Online implementations of various games at:
Martian Chess has a free iPhone app.