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Brautkraut – a party game for german speaking countries
Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut – in the lilac can

This game based on the German tongue twister or tongue breaker as they are so aptly called in German: “Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut und Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid“ which translates to “Red cabbage remains red cabbage and wedding dress remains wedding dress“. It is a real language challenge. “Brautkraut“ carries this word game  to extremes. For eloquent players the new party and family game by Zoch will bring hours of playing fun and laughter. The words are used to create new and imaginative combinations and to play wonderful word games!

Already on the shelf “Brautkraut“ will catch your eye. The game for players of ten years and up comes in a can. Candy or cabbage? It’s hard to imagine what the can contains. Out pop cards each of which shows two of the four motifs: cabbage, bride, blue and dress – in different colors. The player whose turn it is says what they see on the card lying on top, then what the card turned over reveals, and goes on to make plays on words. The word combinations reveal who is the language genius with players also replacing the verbs by others with similar sounds. The winner is the player who can master all tongue twisters brilliantly.

The interactive party and family game “Brautkraut“ by Zoch is a challenge for language artists who wish to show off their skills and will enrich any par-ty. The lilac can promises pure fun for up to six players aged ten and up.

Brautkraut
Authors: Anja Wrede & Christoph Cantzler
Age: from 10 years
Number of players: 2 - 6
Duration: about 15 minutes
Price: approx. EUR 10, only in german speaking countries



Potato Man
How did that go again? “The dumbest farmer...“

There is an old German saying “The dumbest farmers harvest the fattest potatoes“. “Potato Man“, the super hero in the new game by Zoch, proves that this is not true. He moves out onto the playing field to help even the smallest tuber win.

“Potato Man“ is a quick trick-taking game – no time to nod off here. There are four types of potatoes in four different colors and sizes in the game. As always, the general rule is that the highest card beats the others, but Potato Man can help lower valued potatoes to victory: the smaller the potato the more valuable sacks are filled. The player with the most bulging potato sacks at the end wins the game.

The amusing illustration and the unconventional flow of the game created by Günter Burkhardt and Wolfgang Lehmann will bring the whole family to the playing table. The novelty is the mini box format chosen by Zoch, which makes the game an ideal small gift.

Potato Man
Authors: Günter Burkhardt & Wolfgang Lehmann
Age: 10 years and up
Number of players: 2 - 5
Duration: 20 - 30 minutes
Price: approx. EUR 6



Mucca Pazza
Animals from the planet Cowpiter

Entirely new animal species are now to be found on Earth. They come from the planet Cowpiter. Mucca Pazza, the crazy cow, has turned the animals into comic beings – heads, bodies and legs are all mixed up and need to be reassembled correctly.

The animals look quite graceful yet flamboyant: giraffes, cats and dogs. Depending on their ages children play with five or ten animals, which are all mixed up in the sliding rails. Each player in turn tries to shift the appropriate cards in up to three moves to create a correctly assembled animal. The winner is the player who has managed to put together the most animals at the end.

The children’s game “Mucca Pazza“ with its extensive material – 30 sliding boards, 30 animal cards, a ghost card, 12 wooden stars, a  stable game board – and original sliding mechanism, will convince not only the youngest players aged 4 and up. As so often with Zoch, parents will also enjoy the fantasy of the game publisher and of their children.

Mucca Pazza
Author: Iris Rossbach
Age: 4 or 6 years and up
Number of players: 2 - 4
Duration: 15 - 20 minutes
Price: approx. EUR 25



Win the lance tournament with Ritter Rost
The game to the movie now in stores

For the first time the Munich game publisher Zoch has published a game to a movie. The lovable figure of Ritter Rost makes him a natural choice for a Zoch board game for the whole family.  The clumsy knight faces three dan-gerous adventures: He has to succeed in the lance tournament held by King Bleifuss, conquer a dragon and overcome the crafty and powerful Prince Protz, who is keeping Burgfräulein Bö a prisoner. If he can’t manage on his own he can rely on the help of Bö and his friend the dragon Koks in this great adventure.

Author Klaus Zoch has immersed himself fully in the movie, designing excit-ing dicing duels with successful, endlessly playable dice and unsuccessful dice which land on their sides. Even the cards are played according to very special rules: each player passes on their own pile of cards and the lowest card trumps the highest, for example.

With Ritter Rost spectators and players become immersed in a world in which toasters rush into battle, small spanners make great things happen and fearless heroes must show what metal they are made of. The first book was published in 1994. This was followed by audio books and musicals. The family game is available in stores for approx. EUR 30.


Ritter Rost – the game to the movie
Author: Klaus Zoch
Illustration: Terzio / Caligari
Age: 8 yeas and up
Number of players: 2 - 4
Duration: 30 - 40 minutes
Price: approx. EUR 30, in stores now

MORE INFO: www.zoch-verlag.com
Finland and Sweden voted the best games International awards for games from Zoch 

In Germany, they are under the name "Because the worm in it" and "brainstorm" known. In Scandinavia, the board games from Zoch inspire and also reap a large games prices. 

The "Children's Game of the Year 2012" in Sweden (Arets barnspel) is "Mato Mato" which in Germany under the name "Here is the worm in it" is known. The last year for the Children's Game of the Year 2011 in Germany excellent children's play by the Munich publisher Zoch is a landscaped garden with race atmosphere for children from four years that impresses with simple rules. 

In Finland, "brainstorm", locally known as "flash", the "Family Game of the Year 2012" award (Vuoden Perhepeli 2012). This for up to eight players suitable age eight reaction game shows once again its great popularity . In Germany there were 2011 on the recommendation list of jury Game of the Year at the Children Play (Vuoden lastenpeli) could "Mato Mato" ("Because the worm in it") in Finland convince. One of the three nominated "Children Playing year 2012. " 

Mid-September in Denmark, the "Game of the Year 2012" is announced. The nominated family games include "Murder in Arosa", a three-dimensional radio play. 

All games of the Munich games publisher Zoch be distributed in Scandinavia by longtime partners Marektoy (Competo) based in Finland. 

 

As you all know, Zoch Zum Spielen are a brilliant games company when it comes to regularly publishing children’s games that have hidden tactics that make them ideal for adults.

AQUILEIA  Zoch Zum Spielen   Cielo D’Oro   3-5 Players  Aged 12+

Aquileia is an ancient Roman (Italian) City that was founded as a colony around along the Natissa River about 180/181 BC. It is also a very well thought out board game from one of my all-time favourite German publishers. Zoch are famous for their children’s games that have adult-twists to them.  Aquileia is not one of their kids games. It is one of those games where you can only do so much and then just as you get to the best part of your plan your actions expire.

The board shows the city separated into six action areas. Players can claim all or part of an area during the first phase of each turn.  After everyone has placed their pieces to claim their actions for the round the action area are activated in numerical order. This is because some of the first actions have effect on the later ones.

Every one of these action areas is important, but being on the right ones for your chosen tactic is not always possible, so you may have to flip back and forth between your tactics depending on what the other players select to do.

The end of the game arrives and the player with the most Victory points is the winner. That’s the easy part, at least understanding that is the easy part. It is not that straightforward.  You need to balance your financial input so that you can purchase some of the other  actions. But if you spend too much time going for the cash you lose out on the easy point scoring buildings.

Owning buildings: There are two sides to the building area - businesses and villas. They both pay out during play but only Villas score at the endgame but only if you have the correctly matching (colour coded) cards. Businesses score VPs with one of the early actions.  Winning the Arena battle gains you Copper coins plus either VPs or a Slave card (slaves give you a bonus in the arena and are needed for most buildings). Winning in the Stadium brings you either Gold or Silver and a special card that may help in the endgame.

In the Theatre the first player there holds an auction which if they don’t win gains them the cash paid by the winner. He auction is very clever. The first bidder offers a coin, any coin (Gold, Silver or Copper). The next player bids the same type of coin plus one other coin, any type and so on, each player having to exactly match the bid (not in value but in exact coin types) or drop out. As each player knows what coins the others hold thoughtful bidding can help you win or perhaps force an opponent to spend more than they originally considered spending.

Each aspect of the game is like a different mini-game and that is the beauty of Aquileia. You can spoil Peter to spare Paul so as to speak. Deciding what to do and when to do it is the crux of this excellent game.  Plays best with 4 players. 3 or 5 players change the way the game runs.

In 2010 ZOCH released a super family game called Geistes Blitz created by Jacques Zeimer of Switzerland. Geistes Blitz 2.0 is a repeat performance with the same rules but different cards and wooden pieces. If you play the basic game there is no difference between the two games. Geistes 2.0 includes these additional optional rules:

The Talking Frog. Players shout out the name of the piece if it is the Frog and it is in its original colour (Green). The fun thing is you must shout it out in a foreign language (which is okay if you come from Newcastle as English is a foreign language to them).

If the card shows the Towel (a piece of carpet you may remember from Suleika) you are looking for the piece with the same colour as the Towel.

This is a truly fun game for 2-6 players but in all honesty if you already have Geist Blitz there is no logical reason for buying Geist Blitz 2.0. If you don’t have the original buying this version is the best option. Either way you really should have a copy, it’s that good.

ALLES    

ALLES   

ALLES   

Reiner Knizia

Once you have made a name for yourself as a great games designer with everyone waiting for your next big game and every games publishing company clamouring for your name on one of their products you can churn out the same game time after time.

ALLES KANONE is a repeat performance of Alles Tomate and Alles Trolli, each game is the same mechanic with a slightly different chrome.  Seven cards, each with a different set of objects and with a different colour background, are laid face up on the table. The main deck of cards is shuffled and a single card of the same colour is randomly laid face up beneath each of the set cards.

These cards are turned face down and one by one the cards are turned over from the main deck. Players have to quickly see the new card and relate it by colour to a set card and then  remember which item was shown on the face down card of that colour.

The first person to call out the correct answer wins the card and the player with the most cards when the deck has expired  is the winner. Alles Tomate has vegetables, Alles Trolli has vacation equipment and Alles Kanone has Pirates.

Great fun to play with youngsters aged 6+

 

When we played Carmen Kleinert’s “Da ist Der Wurm Drin” which is about rolling dice and adding worm parts to worm heads, we found it wanting. Our children weren’t impressed and neither were we.

So when I found that STREIFEN TONI (literal translation Toni Strips) was about worms and that it was designed by Carmen Kleinert I was  naturally a little concerned. I do not prejudge but one often does find games from the same designer have similar mechanics.

Anyway, with open minds we sat down to play Streifen Toni and then we played it again  and again.

The players each select a worm head which they lay face up in a row. The rest of the deck are shuffled and placed face down away but in reach. Six cards are taken from the deck and placed face down in a row behind the worm heads.

Players are dealt a hand of 3 cards each. On their turn they exchange a card from their hand for a card from the face down row, they then place the card they took face up below their worm. They continue to do this until all the cards have been played out then the player with the longest worm (did I really just say that ?) wins.

It sounds too simple, but it’s actually a lot of fun. Oh yes, the kids like it as well.

  A Zoch zum Spielen Children’s Game  by  Edith Grein-Böttcher

Designer Edith Grein-Böttcher really knows what children want when it comes to boardgames. She has already had successes with Der Bär ist los, Buddel Bande, Eendje kwaak, Eureka, Pathfinder and  Der Schatz der Inka to name many but not all.  FLOSSEN HOCH loosely translates as High Fins. It is a family fun game of little substance as far as rules and gameplay is concerned, which is exactly how young children like it.  

No complications, no complexities, just roll the die and catch a fish, that’s all there is to it. The fish (card cut-outs) are placed in the ocean so only their tail fins are showing - the board and box make up the ocean. The fish are either single coloured with colours that match the spots on the die, or they have a rainbow body of all colours. The players are penguins fishing for their lunch. When they catch the correct fish their penguin pieces are moved around the track - the first to the end is the winner. When the rolled die shows a red dot the players are trying to capture red fish. When it shows a yellow dot the players are looking to catch yellow fish etc.  When the die shows a shark all players are trying to catch the largest fish. Fish that have no body, just a skeleton of bones, have no value.

As I have said so many times, Zoch children’s games generally have adult strategies hidden in them, but FLOSSEN HOCH! Is another game in an increasing  catalogue of children’s games for children. I say POO to that. I love and enjoy the children’s games which make me think outside the box. The trouble is I can’t honestly complain because this is a really good, highly amusing fast and fun game that my grandchildren can enjoy with or without me playing / supervising. They learnt it quickly and enjoy it immensely.  “Flossen hoch“ is nominated for the German learning game award ”Deutscher Lernspielpreis 2012“

“Flossen hoch“ by Zoch has been nominated for the German learning game award ”Deutscher Lernspielpreis“ in the category ”3 years and up“. The jury of Studienkreis, a school which provides extra tuition, and “spielen und lernen“ a family magazine, announced the list of nominees for the Deutscher Lernspielpreis 2012. The official awards ceremony will be held in Stuttgart in November 22.

“Flossen hoch“ is a new children’s game by the Zoch publishing house. A school of fish is frolicking in the cold polar waters and observing what’s happening on shore – the 16 sea dwellers all put their heads above water at the same time. The children are sitting there trying to catch as many fish as possible so that their penguin reaches the finishing line as soon as possible. The fish make life difficult for the anglers: from above they all look the same. But under water they are different colors and some are short, some are longer. The length of the correctly colored fish decides how far each penguin is allowed to advance. Then the fish is thrown back into the water at any point. If a rainbow-colored fish is caught the penguin is always able to advance even if only a short distance. Players who catch a fishbone are out of luck. And things become rather turbulent if a shark surfaces in the basin. And in addition all children are called on to react quickly.

The children’s game “Flossen hoch“ developed by author Edith Grein-Böttcher is an attractive memory and reaction game for up to four children four years and up. The game is available in stores since April for approx. EUR 25. Infos: Zoch GmbH, 80333 München, www.zoch-verlag.com/en

"Flossen hoch" or "Geistesblitz 2.0"  Attractive and challenging game ideas by Zoch

If in spring nature awakens, it is high time to get your dusty gray cells moving after a long winter sleep. This spring the Munich game publisher Zoch brings attractive and challenging game ideas to the stores. “Geistesblitz 2.0“ ties your brain in knots. The children’s game “Flossen hoch“ is an attractive memory and reaction game for the little ones. “Streifentoni“, based on the “Children’s Game of the Year 2011“, promises great challenges for clever minds. “Alles Kanone“ is another in the series of memory games by Reiner Knizia. The games were presented this February for the first time at the Toy Fair in Nuremberg. Now they are available in stores.

In the water or on land – sailors, frogs and worms  New products by Zoch at the Toy Fair 2012

This spring the Munich game publisher Zoch brings attractive and challenging game ideas to the stores: while “Riff Raff“ lures players onto a sailboat, “Geistesblitz 2.0“ ties your brain in knots. The games were presented for the first time at the Toy Fair in Nuremberg in February. Zoch can also look back proudly on two anniversaries: its “Bausack“, a classic construction game is 25 years old and ten year ago “Villa Paletti“ was chosen as “Game of the year“.   The new games - available in april: “Riff Raff“ – is a captivating sailing adventure which calls for balance and skill in up to four players eight years and up. “Geistesblitz 2.0“ is the sequel of the reaction game “Geistesblitz“ for up to eight players eight years and up. “Alles Kanone“ is another in the series of memory games by Reiner Knizia for up to eight players six years and up. In “Flossen hoch“ – a school of fish stimulates the memory skills of two to four children four years and up. “Streifentoni“ – the card game based on the “Children’s Game of the Year 2011“ promises even more playing fun for children four years and up. “Hand aufs Herz“ is a communication game for up to eight players ten years and up. And three new designs have been added to the outdoor game “Crossboule“: Mountain, Desert and Space – for two or more players six years and up.    

“Riff Raff“ – a game of skill on stormy seas  für seaworthy sailors

“Riff Raff“ is a game of skill and construction in typical Zoch-style. The adventure takes place on a proud ship on the high seas. The sailboat has Cardan suspension and sways in all directions depending on the load. Captain Bullauge has the freight stowed up to the highest yardarms. The players become sailors and try to stabilize the single-mast sailboat to prevent the increasingly heavy freight going overboard.  Each player wants to stow their own freight (eight pieces of wood) faster than all other players but nonetheless safely. Boat, trunk, case, barrel, flask, plank and even a sailor and a rat. There are four loading areas on deck, six more in the three yardarms. Round after round players decide where to put the freight. Cards from one to ten decide on possible sites, but each may only be used once. If the ship tips while loading then the freight which slips off goes to the person who caused it to tip. However if the player manages to catch what can be saved with their bare hands then this may be pushed to one side.

Original and wonderfully orchestrated, “Riff Raff“ convinces young and old alike. The game of construction and skill designed by author Christoph Cantzler and attractively produced by Zoch is opulently equipped: a lavishly designed wooden ship with Cardan suspension, a mast, three yardarms with three supports, link suspension, 32 pieces of freight and 40 game cards. It will be available in stores from the end of April for approx. EUR 50.

“Riff Raff“ – Game of balance and skill
Author: Christoph Cantzler
For 2 to 4 players 8 years and up
Illustration: Michael Menzel
Duration: about 30 minutes
Price: approx. EUR 50, in stores from end of April

“Geistesblitz 2.0“ – react faster than your co-players  Sequel to the reaction game “Geistesblitz“

“Geistesblitz 2.0“ is just the thing for anyone who wants to get their brain cells to dance – a quick-witted brain jogging challenge. The reaction game by author Jacques Zeimet is the sequel to “Geistesblitz“ its fan community has been waiting for. It can be played entirely independently or together with the original game. This game alone is a challenge and the combination will have the smoke coming out of your ears.  It is all a question of quick recognition, snapping things up or calling out. Cards and objects of various colors are all you need: a ghost, a tub, a brush, a towel and a frog are all placed in the middle of the table. The cards turned over decide which object is to be snapped up. If the frog appears players must call out – if it‘s the original color this must be spoken in a foreign language. If the towel appears the object with the corresponding color must be picked up.  Whereas “Geistesblitz 2.0“ is played in Lady Ghost’s bathroom, “Geistesblitz“ takes players off to the living room of a castle with a bottle, a mouse, an armchair, a book and a ghost. If both games are combined players have to move from one room to another now and then.   As all players are involved in what’s happening all the time, “Geistesblitz 2.0“ ensures highly interactive fun, and the thrilling suspense repeatedly breaks up into squealing pleasure.   “Geistesblitz 2.0“ – sequel to the reaction game “Geistesblitz“
Author: Jacques Zeimet
For 2 to 8 players 8 years and up
Illustration: Gabriela Silveira
Duration: about 20 to 30 minutes
Price: approx. EUR 10

 “Alles Kanone“ – a memory game  Treasure and sabers on the high seas

Surrounded by pirates – the fast memory game  “Alles Kanone“ by Zoch is all about life on the high seas. Gold and gemstones in treasure chests and arms and ammunition on deck are constantly moving around – nothing stays in one place. Time and again players have to remember where things that belong to a sailor’s life or are to be found on board ship are: pirate‘s flag, candlesticks, gemstones, sabers, raft and many more.  The objects which correspond to the topic cards turned over are sought among the concealed object cards. Whoever knows what lies where and quickly names the motif which is being sought has good chances of increasing their cards. Adults have fun finding the right words quickly and children learn the names of things.  “Alles Kanone“ for two to eight players six years and up is part of the “Alles Tomate“ series of memory games by Reiner Knizias, which won the Deutsche Lernspielpreis in 2008.  An amusing cover design and simple short rules make the interactive card game an ideal family game.

“Alles Kanone“ – a memory game  Author: Reiner Knizia  For 2 to 8 players 6 years and up
Illustration: Gabriela Silveira      Duration: about 15 to 20 minutes  Price: approx. EUR 8  
FOR CHILDREN 4 YEARS AND UP

“Streifentoni“ – based on the “Children’s Game of the Year 2011“
When worms hide in the flowerbed
The colorful worms became known last year. In 2011 the game “Da ist der Wurm drin“ was chosen as “Children’s Game of the Year“. Now the card game “Streifentoni“ is being issued for on the road and as a further challenge to the now extremely popular worm race.
Up to five children 4 years and up can play the card game from Zoch which enriches play by a memory component for clever minds. In this game the kids compete to build the longest worm. To do this they search for buried worm parts in the flowerbed. The uncovered parts extend each player’s worm – step by step, bit by bit. The player with the longest worm at the end of the game wins. Younger worm seekers play intuitively, older players use more tactics.
“Streifentoni“ by author Carmen Kleinert is lovingly illustrated by Heidemarie Rüttinger. The game is easy to learn and just as much fun as the „large“ children’s game “Da ist der Wurm drin“. Up to five children four years and up can play the card game. Available from March for approx. EUR 8.

“Streifentoni“ – the card game based on the “Children’s Game of the Year 2011“
Author: Carmen Kleinert
For 2 to 5 players 4 years and up
Illustration: Heidemarie Rüttinger
Duration:  about 15 to 20 minutes
Price: approx. EUR 8, in stores from about March 2012

“Flossen hoch“ – a children’s game  Penguins frolic with fish in the Arctic sea

“Flossen hoch“ is a new children’s game by the Zoch publishing house. A school of fish is frolicking in the cold polar waters and observing what’s happening on shore – the 16 sea dwellers all put their heads above water at the same time. The children are sitting there trying to catch as many fish as possible so that their penguin reaches the finishing line as soon as possible. The fish make life difficult for the anglers: from above they all look the same. But under water they are different colors and some are short, some are longer.   The length of the correctly colored fish decides how far each penguin is allowed to advance. Then the fish is thrown back into the water at any point. If a rainbow-colored fish is caught the penguin is always able to advance even if only a short distance. Players who catch a fishbone are out of luck. And things become rather turbulent if a shark surfaces in the basin. And in addition all children are called on to react quickly.   The children’s game “Flossen hoch“ developed by author Edith Grein-Böttcher is an attractive memory and reaction game for up to four children four years and up. The game will be available in stores from April for approx. EUR 25.
“Flossen hoch“ – a children’s game
Author: Edith Grein-Böttcher
For 2 to 4 players 4 years and up
Illustration: Claudia Stöckl
Duration: about 20 minutes
Price: approx. EUR 25, in stores from April 2012

COMMUNICATION AND ACTION
“Hand aufs Herz“ – a communication game  Jetzt mal ehrlich – was stimmt?

Party mood:“Hand auf Herz“ will bring you that bit closer to the truth! In this party and icebreaker game eight players ten years and up want to know: Is the toilet seat a good visual aid? Are more co-players wearing glasses than laces? And is your neighbor blonde? Lots and lots of questions distributed over 180 game cards and which are to be answered as quickly as possible with “yes“ or “no“. Before each card is read out loud players place their right hand for “true“ or their left hand for “false“ on the heart which is beating in the middle of the table. The first player to place their correct hand on the heart is rewarded with victory points.  “Hand auf Herz“ by Julien Sentis makes every game evening an individual and sociable experience. And laughter is trumps. The game will be available in stores from April for approx. EUR 18.
“Hand aufs Herz“ – a communication game
Author: Julien Sentis
For 3 to 8 players 10 years and up
Illustration: Ben Beck
Duration: about 30 minutes
Price: approx. EUR 18, in stores from April 2012

 “Crossboule“– three more sets of this trendy outdoor game  Desert, Mountain and Space
“Crossboule“, the new indoor and outdoor game by Zoch, is very trendy. Three more sets are now available in stores: Desert, Mountain and Space. With all six sets you can extend the number of players to twelve and more. Each player plays for themselves or in teams of two or three players. Each “Crossbouler“   has their own set.  The game idea was inspired by the game of skill boules, but “Crossboule“ is far smarter. Scrunchy, well-styled balls, each player gets three and a target ball which is called piglet, make it possible to play the game on sand, on the stairs, on top of walls, in the entrance hall or in a passage. Anyone looking for a greater challenge chooses an additional object as a target. Players are awarded points for coming as close to the piglet as possible. Extra points are given for so-called “combos“, special formats (flower, snake, worm or pyramid). The winner of the match is the first player to win two sets of eleven points each.   “Crossboule“ by Mark Calin Caliman is a trendy form of boules. Each set contains the materials for two players: six balls and a target ball, the piglet. Three new designs in the colors Desert, Mountain and Space have been added to the already available Beach, Downtown and Jungle sets. So the number of players is now almost unlimited. The indoor and outdoor game is suitable for two or more players six years and up and costs about EUR 20 in stores.
”Crossboule“ – Desert, Mountain and Space
Author: Mark Calin Calimann
For 2 and more players 6 years and up
Illustration: Eva Paster
Duration:  about 15 to 20 minutes
Price: approx. EUR 20

Info: Zoch GmbH, 80333 München, www.zoch-verlag.com

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