Khet (game)

Mensa Select 2006 Årets Spel 2007

Khet ( to September 2006 deflection ) is a chess -like strategy game with lasers ( class 2). Alternately pull two players their ancient Egyptian -style figures on the playing field and activate at the end of each train each have their laser diode. The playing pieces are provided with different levels. If the laser beam on a character in a non- mirrored side, this is taken out of the field.

In the German-speaking world, the game was not officially introduced, but is offered by various importers (February 2010).


Each player has to start 14 game pieces in red or silver. (For deflection, there was the color gold / silver. ) Unlike chess, there are no predetermined grid on the edges. The figures will be distributed from the beginning of the entire field. There are different lineups for the beginning, but advanced players can consider their own starting lineups. For each player is on his side on the right hand corner of the forward facing outlet of the laser beam is switched on via a push button. There are four different game characters with and without mirrors, of which the Pharaoh with the king in chess is comparable. If the Pharaoh hit by a laser beam, the player has lost.

A move is either a character in any direction ( including diagonally ) to move to an immediately adjacent free field (except Djeds possibility to swap places with other figures) or to rotate 90 degrees. However, the fields vertically above the opponent's lasers as well as certain other fields may not be accessed, they are marked in the appropriate color. According to the movement of the player activates its laser beam. Since the figures are oriented at right angles to the field, the laser beam moves always horizontally and vertically within the playing area. From mirrors distracted, he meets so either on the edge boundary of the playing field or on a nichtverspiegelte side of a figure. In the latter case, this figure is removed from the game, even if it is your own. This figure is taken from a maximum. If this is the Pharaoh, so the game is over.

The pieces:

  • The Pharaoh is the main character. She has no mirrored sides. If the Pharaoh made, the player has lost.
  • The Djed two characters have a diagonal, two-sided mirror. Thus, they reflect rays from all sides, distract him by 90 degrees and can not be taken. However, they can also be useful to the enemy. The Djeds with certain directly adjacent pieces of both colors may change places as only one.
  • The pyramid mirror on only one side of the diagonal, and may therefore be made of two of the four sides. With seven out of 14 game pieces it is the most numerous figure.
  • The four obelisks are mirrored as Pharaoh by either side. They serve as victims. Unlike the original version Deflexion two obelisks can be stacked in Khet. These can be moved together or individually. If such a stack hit, only one of the characters is removed from the game.


The first Eye of Horus (Eye of Horus ) complements the game to a new character, a beam splitter. He replaced one of the two Djeds. Like them, he reflected rays from all sides at 45 degrees, leaves the beam but also straight through. It is available in both red / silver for Khet and in gold / silver for deflection.

In May 2008, the extension Tower of Kadesh appeared (Tower of Kadesh ). It is also called Khet 3D and brings the third dimension into play. Mounting the revolving tower guides the laser beam to a second level. Characters can switch between the levels and as further movement, the tower can be rotated.


The game was designed by Michael Larson, then a professor at Tulane University, and two of his students, Del Segura and Luke Hooper, as part of a study project. It was first introduced in early 2005 and presented in the same year at the New York Toy Fair, at the time still under the name deflection. The first deflection World Championships were held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on 10 December 2005.

In 2006, the game with minor modifications under the name Khet was re-released. The name change was necessary because it was overlooked in the name of research, that there was already a game called deflection, and the purchase of naming rights was too expensive.

Khet The name is, according to the publisher for the ancient Egyptian Chet (in English transcription Khet ) and mean flame. The Egyptian hieroglyph showing a lamp with flame and symbolizes well the modern technology of the game with laser technology. But while Khet is both the name of a unit of measurement as well as most of the general term of various types of wood, corresponds to the hieroglyph of the Egyptian dja (fire drill) described, in combination with Khet as Khet - dja, an ancient Egyptian name of a medical device made ​​of wood, the was used to burn ulcers.


Still under the name deflection won the game in 2006, the award Mensa Select. In 2007 it was one of five finalists for the Game of the Year of the American Toy Industry Association and received the award in Sweden Årets Spel ( Game of the Year ) in the category Adult games.