Product Type: other board games
Newest Review: ... hard. Often you will have just one dice that is wrong fir the combination. Yahtzee, all of one number. This is the most fun to try a... more
5 Dice = Thoroughly entertaining
Member Name: emmad5689
Advantages: Loads of fun, easy to play, doesn;t take up much space
Yahtzee has got to be my all time favourite what I call quick game to play, Yahtzee is made by Hasbro games and can be bought in many places such as Asda, Tesco and Argos along with the online stores such as Amazon where it currently sells at £7.49 with free delivery. There are actually 2 versions of Yahtzee, the older version you just play within the box and the newer version which has a circular playing arena which is much better.
The games comes packaged in a bright red and white box showing a bright red circle in the middles which represents the game playing area and then lots of dice around looking like they are shooting out of the box towards you. The box is really bright and is very easy to spot on the shop shelves.
Inside the box you get 4 mini pencils, the playing arena as it is called which is about 15cms across, 5 white dice with black markings on them, a little shelf which sits on the playing arena to put your dice in which you wish to keep, a plastic tumbler for shaking your dice and then there is a pad of little sheets for you to mark off what points you have managed to collect.
The aim of the game is to mark off all the required combinations from your sheet, you take it in turns to throw the 5 dice and then from what you have thrown you consult your sheet and decide which dice to keep, you throw the dice 3 times on each turn and try to make one of the combinations. The top half of the sheets is from 1 to 6 where you just roll as many as one number that you can and add them up, if you manage to get the top half of the sheet to add up to 63 then you get a bonus of 35 points.
The bottom of the sheet has a number of different combinations which you have to make and you can only make each combination one,
low straight which is dice running in 4 consecutive numbers so it could be 1 to 4, 2 to 5 or 3 to 6,
high straight which is dice running in 5 consecutive numbers so it could be 1 to 5 or 2 to 6,
3 of one numbered dice,
4 of one numbered dice,
full house which is 2 of one number and 3 of another number,
Yahtzee which is all 5 dice falling on the same number
When you are playing if the dice you roll cannot meet any of the requirements of the sheet you have to place a zero in one of the boxes, this often happens once you have filled in all the top half of the sheet which is why I only really use the top of the sheet as a back up when I am unable to roll any of the bottom combinations.
As many people as you want but obviously the more people who play the longer the game takes can play the game. All the pieces are made of bright red plastic and then the playing surface in the arena is green, the parts are all very tough and even with dice hitting the sides many times there are no marks on it. There is a plastic lid which fits snuggly onto the play arena and you can put everything neatly inside making it portable which is great and is the sort of game that can be played whilst travelling as long as you don't throw the dice too hard.
Something I would advise with this game is to scan or photocopy the sheets as you can find that although you probably get about 80-100 sheets on the pad you can very quickly run out. Myself and my friend will easily play 4 or 5 games at a time so I have the sheet scanned into my computer so I can just print some more when they run out.
This game gets very competitive, you can play for fun and just see what the dice rolls or you can play to strategy to try and win!! I personally always try and get the bottom half of the sheet first and then if you haven't managed to roll one of the bottom combinations you can record a score on the top of the sheet so you don't waste a go. To get the bonus on the top of the sheet it works out that you need 3 of each of the numbers 1 to 6 to make the 63 needed which is good to be aware of if you are playing to win. I love this game, my daughters are too young to play at the moment but I enjoy playing with adults problem being this means it gets more competitive. A highly entertaining game at a great price.
Summary: A great competitive game
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