Marbles are always inserted from the edge of any side and in any direction on the game board.
If there is already a marble at the edge of the board where you wish to play, this marble and any adjacent ones are pushed one field on when you insert your marble.
You may not insert a marble onto a line on the board that is already full; marbles must never be pushed out of the game area!
As soon as the marble in play touches either the board or another marble, the move must be completed (provided it complies with the rules).
When inserting a marble, ensure that it touches the adjacent marble exactly in the middle!
The game can be played in one of three variations:
|Shiftago Express||Simple and yet intricate|
|Shiftago Expert||Tricky and sophisticated|
|Shiftago Extreme||Complex and challenging|
Players must agree on a variant before starting to play.
to familiarise yourself with the mechanism of the game, it is a good idea to begin with a few games of Shiftago Express.
A stronger player must sit out between one and six turns (as agreed beforehand).
To count out the missed rounds he places the appropriate number of marbles (1 to 6) to one side before the game starts. For each round he sits out, he returns one marble to the compartment in the board. Once all of the marbles have been returned, he may begin to play normally.
As long as there are only marbles of one colour on the board, these may not touch each other. This means that a player playing two or more marbles onto the board one after the other (because all other players are missing a turn) is not allowed to place them on vertically or horizontally adjacent spaces.