Games Above Board designed & published
+ published by Great American Trading Company [USA]
Yale Gordon and M.H.S. at GATCO Hijara launch, New York Toy Fair 02.13.1995
+ published by Sterling Games [Hong Kong]
Hijara has a board of 16 squares, divided into 4 squares numbered 1 through 4 from the numeral system, known in Europe and the Americas as 'Arabic numerals', introduced to Europe in the tenth century by the Arabs of North Africa. At the time, Europeans did not know that the numerals' roots were in ancient India where they were developed by Indian mathematicians. Today, they are the most common symbolic representation of numbers throughout the world. hijara is Arabic for small stones, players have 32 small stones each and take turns placing them, one at a time, on any square on the board.
+ published by Ducosim [The Netherlands]
+ Hijara II [note pad / 2 pens] by Games Above Board
The one and only rule is - stones must be placed in any of the numbered squares in numerical order - i.e. the lowest-numbered open section. So, for every square, the first stone must be on the 1, second on the 2, etc. Start with an empty board, end with a full board ... with 3 ways to score points: 10 points - 4 same-colour stones on 4 numbers of a kind in a row - horizontally, vertically, or diagonally or, in the 4 corner squares 15 points - 4 same-colour stones in numerical sequence (i.e. 1-2-3-4) - horizontally, vertically, or diagonally or, in the 4 corner squares 20 points - 4 same-colour stones in one square. Squares need not be completed prior to starting other squares. Points are scored throughout the game, overlooked points are forfeited and the game is over when the last small stone is placed. The player with the most points is the winner of the game. Hijara is a 3-D game on a 2-D board and always a challenge as no two games are alike and... it pays to pay attention!
Originally called Excel and first published by American Airlines on 24th December 1985 [U.S.A.]
The game was next published by Games Above Board in 1994 as Eclipse ... and was included in Games Magazine 1995 Buyers Guide to Games.
Played here with turquoise and tiger's eye semi-precious stones.
Renamed Hijara and published 6 times ... most recently in February 2012, the game has been in Games Magazine Top 100 since 1996.