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Project L Board Game Review

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I’m a child of the 80’s. I grew up with a GameBoy in my hands, and Tetris was an obsession. What is it about those polyomino shapes that demand such attention? I also grew up in a family whose first names all start with L. So when I saw Project L, a game with a Tetris mechanism, I knew I needed it!

What’s Project L all about?

In Project L, the goal is to draft puzzle boards from a central marketplace. Each board has a pattern that must be filled using Tetris shaped pieces. When the puzzles are complete, you gain a new bonus piece and victory points*. The more pieces you have, the faster you can complete additional puzzles!

Not all (but most) puzzle pieces are worth victory points!

Project L player setup in action
Here’s a peek at what an individual player board looks like in action!

How do you play?

Each player is allowed to take 3 actions per turn, and any action can be taken multiple times. These actions include:

  • Drafting a new puzzle board from the central market
  • Gaining a level 1 Tetris piece from the supply
  • Upgrading a Tetris piece one level, or swapping it for a different shape of the same level. *See Below
  • Place a single Tetris piece on a one puzzle
  • Use the Master Action which gives players the ability to place a single Tetris piece on each puzzle they are currently working on (this action can only be used once per turn).

The most interesting part of Project L is figuring out how to use the Master Action. You don’t really want to build one puzzle at a time. That’s not productive. It’s much better to draft multiple puzzle boards so you can use the Master Action to place one Tetris piece on each of your puzzles as a single action. Remember, the more puzzles you can complete, the more pieces you can add to your supply! In a game as quick as Project L, there’s no time to mess around.

Project L Tetris Pieces

The pieces in Project L all have a value as you can see below in the chart. All players begin the game with one level 1 and level 2 piece. You can earn more polyominoes by completing puzzles, or you can use an action to upgrade your piece to the next higher level.

A look at the different levels of pieces in Project L.

What do we think?

Project L is an incredibly fast-paced board game. You can pull the game off the shelf, set it up, and play an entire game in less than 20 minutes. There’s not a lot of engine building games out there that can say the same. It’s a very light weight game; far lighter than I expected it to be, but it’s fun.


  • It’s extremely rewarding to develop your polyomino engine in Project L. You start with just a couple pieces, but your supply grows rapidly.
  • You can teach this game to just about anyone in a couple minutes.
  • Easy setup and takedown.
  • The components are fantastic. Thick, double-layered puzzle boards. Colorful, tactile polyominoes to play with. The player boards aren’t particularly fancy, but they work just fine!
  • There’s enough strategy to keep it interesting, but not enough to overwhelm young kids.


  • The BGG weight rating for Project L is only 1.53. If the game wasn’t so quick, I might feel like this game is too light for us.
  • Replayablity is questionable.

Has anyone played the expansion for this board game? Project L: Finesse? It sounds like it adds some depth, but I’m not certain that’s necessary for a quick game like this. Would love to hear some opinions!

Project L game components
A look at the components for Project L

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