I acquired a wooden puzzle game from a local thrift store. They had no information about it. Here's a description:

In a wooden board base are mounted 16 dowels on each of the dowels are 5 wooden balls with a hole in each. 1/2 the balls are of a darker wood & 1/2 are light colored wood 1 dowel on each only has 4 balls. What might be the name of this puzzle/ game and how do you play it?


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That's 3D four-in-a-row. You play by alternately placing a ball on a dowel (at most four per dowel) until one player has four balls of their color in a row, vertically, horizontally or in any of 10 diagonal directions.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! That is the Correct answer! I looked it up on ebay, using your term and found it! I seem to be missing 2 lake though. I will see if I can acquire the rules as well. $\endgroup$ Mar 13, 2021 at 13:42
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    – bobble
    Mar 13, 2021 at 15:36

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