Triolet is an outstanding test of mental arithmetic - without appearing to be so. Successful play demands constant calculation of varied scoring possibilities. The best tactics mean that players must look for opportunities in two dimensions, so there is a keen element of observation and strategy, as well as simple arithmetic.
The game helps develop skills in number bonds and manipulating numbers in a non threatening atmosphere; making numbers fun. Plus, the game is extremely simple to learn, but very varied in scoring opportunities, demanding constant attention and evaluation if you are to find the highest scores.
Here is an extract from a review of Triolet by Pete Lane, [Swinton Community School Maths and Computing College], on the Association of Teachers of Mathematics website.
"The easiest description of the game is Scrabble® with numbers. You have a gridded board and a bag of 81 numbered tiles. The task, for up to 4 players, is to make sets of three tiles sum to 15. This is a fun way of developing mental calculation and observations skills. In addition, bonus score opportunities and the ability to score in two dimensions add a strategic and tactical element to the game, along with a keen competitive edge.
Triolet is recommended for age 8+. My own kids (aged 9 and 11) picked up the game very quickly and enjoyed playing it, whilst groups of Year 8 and Year 10 students in school had no trouble in setting up the game themselves without any support." Read the full review..
"Triolet makes an excellent resource for school, particularly for my maths club" - Mr Thomas, College High School, Birmingham.
"I have played it with Year 4, who are now addicted" - L Wilson, Harrow on the Hill
"Especially recommend for children to help with their maths without them realising it!" - Mrs Sally Larcombe, Devon
"We usually have two games of an evening. My husband - 80 plus - says 'Stimulates the brain'" - Helen A Mitchell, Aberdeen
"Though it's down to chance what numbers you pick up,
it's up to you what you make of them" - Caroline Jackson, Blaenau Ffestiniog
"The length the game entails - it is a game that can be easily started and finished over a bottle of wine or two." - Caren Culley, Glossop
"I especially like the challenge of scoring a 'Triolet'. The strategy behind the game is also very important" - MWE Snell, London
"The game is easy to understand, but the skill is in trying to obtain advantage by identifying high score combinations" - DW Goodman, Worlington
"The individuality of each game" - Claire Smith, Southampton
"Every game is different" - Elaine Smith, Canvey Island
"Quick moving and addictive" - G Houldershaw, Horncastle
"Basically simple, but can be tactically complex" - Roger Hyde, Trowbridge
"Can be played simply by children, or a more strategic
game by adults" - Mrs P Jarvis, Crayford
"It makes a change to Scrabble, and I can play it with my daughter who is good at maths, but not long words!" - J Smith, Halstead
Learn more by using the links at the bottom of the page, or order a copy of the game online.