Flowers Ishido

New! Scroll down an play Ishido online in this page. It is an experimental HTML5 version that requires a modern browser to work properly. I will release it under an open source license soon. Please note that scores are not shared: they are saved locally by your browser.

A mobile version is available too.

Flowers Ishido is a little game I wrote many years ago for Windows 3.1; fortunately it continues to run on more recent versions of Windows (excluding 64 bit versions — see comments for details), so I'm happy to make it available for download.

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This game is distributed as freeware and is a porting of a game available for Unix platforms.

These are the rules of the game, as included with the X version.

There are 72 tiles, two of each combination of six colors and six shapes. At the start of the game, there are six tiles on the board representing each shape and color. To place an additional tile on the board, you must match at least one adjacent tile according to the following rules:

  • To match a single tile, you must match either the color or shape.
  • To match two tiles, you must match one shape and one color.
  • To match three tiles, you must match two colors and one shape OR two shapes and one color.
  • To match four tiles, you must match two colors and two shapes.

You cannot make more than 10 errors!

This is the scoring:

  • Matching one tile: 1 point.
  • Matching two tiles: 2 points.
  • Matching three tiles: 4 points.
  • Matching four tiles: 8 points. In addition to the regular score there is an increasing bonus for each four-way match starting with 25 points for the first and continuing with 50, 100, 200, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 5000, 10000, and 50000 points.

A bonus of 1000 points is awarded at the end of the game placing for all 72 tiles. 500 and 100 points are awarded for one and two tiles remaining.


Jan 9, 2010 1:20 PM

Hi, I've been playing this game off and on for years now. Always somewhow very relaxing.

So: thank you!


Jan 12, 2010 8:29 AM

Thank you Bruno, it's amazing that it's still playable. By the way, I must warn that it does not run on Windows Vista/7 since it is an old 16-bit application.


Jul 18, 2010 7:56 PM

Ishido is such a great game. Can you please please please develop/port it for 32/64-bit Windows Vista/7?

Luciano Vernaschi

Jul 20, 2010 8:50 AM


I wrote this game many years ago in Visual Basic 3, if I recall. I still have the sources, but I no longer have the compiler, and there is no way to load that code in a more recent version of Visual Basic (e.g. 6). I should rewrite it from scratch using another compiler, but honestly I have no time for that, sorry.


Oct 24, 2010 9:55 PM

I am here to tell you that I am playing this game on my netbook, which uses Windows 7 starter! I've been a huge fan of this game ever since early Windows games came with a version of it called Stones. I'm so pleased to have found this. Thank you for making it available!


Oct 24, 2010 9:56 PM

Thanks for this game, it works on Windows 7 Starter on my netbook!


Oct 24, 2010 10:58 PM

It also works on Windows 7 Home Premium, hooray! :)

Luciano Vernaschi

Oct 25, 2010 3:49 PM

Hi E.,

you're right, it works on Windows 7, provided you use a 32 bit version. I have the 64 bit version on my laptop, and that's why it doesn't run anymore.

I'm going to update the page to make this clear.

Thank you.

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