Rating: 5.2 Moderate
Popularity:13
Difficulty:Very easy
Year:1956
Players: 2-10 players
Playing time: 30 minutes
Age:6+

Created by: Edwin S. Lowe, (Uncredited), Michael Graves, Peyo, Charles M. Schulz

Published by: (Public Domain), Alga, AMIGO Spiel + Freizeit GmbH

Alternate Names: Cassy, Classique Yahtzee, Deluxe Edition Yahtzee, Deluxe Yahtzee: Game Folio Edition, Fick Yatzy

Description:

Yahtzee is a classic dice game based on Poker. It's played with 5 dice and your goal is to roll certain combinations to score points.

Each turn, a player can roll the dice up to 3 times in hope of matching 1 of 13 combinations to score. A player can score each combination just once and it's not always possible. If you don't match anything, you have to fill in a zero somewhere.

After the 1st and 2nd roll, the player can hold any subset of the five dice and roll the rest aiming to get the best combination. But after the 3rd roll, the player must find a place on the scorecard to put a score, even he didn't match anything good.

You have to make wise choices when to score a combination and what combination you are targetting.

The scorecard has two sections:

  • upper section: aces, twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes
  • lower section: three-of-a-kind, four-of-a-kind, full house, small straight, large straight, chance and Yahtzee (a five-of-a-kind).

Bear in mind that some combos are easier to roll than others and you will (unless you're a real dice shark) probably have to enter a zero at some point.

Scoring a Yahtzee can give you huge bonus, the chance to roll one is 1 in 22 attempts. When the upper section reaches a sum of 63 or higher, then you score 35 bonuspoints.

Whell the scorecard is filled in (13 turns), the game is over and the total scores are calculated and the player with the highest score wins.

Because of the dice, luck plays an important role in Yahtzee but still your tactics will me a significant difference (just like with Poker).

It's possible to play Yahtzee with any number of players and the average game takes about 30 minutes depending on how many players. The game is very portable and can be played everywhere, including a pub or an airport.

The game was created by a Canadian couple under the name "Yatzie" or "Yacht" in the early 1940. Edwin Lowe was the one who made the game popular and sold the rights to Miltom Bradley in 1973.

Check here for more information about the history of Yatzee.

Still today, the game is still very popular as every year, Hasbro sells more than 50 million copies of Yahtzee every year. There exist also many variants to the game and all are fun to play.

Prices:
Retail Price:$11
Amazon:$9
Ebay:$13

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Components

  • 1 Yahtzee Shaker
  • 5 Dice
  • 80 Score Cards.

Setup

Roll a die to see who starts. Play continues clockwise.

Write each player's name on the score card, in the order of play (pen not included).

Object of the game

Roll dice to get the highest score after all 13 rounds.

Gameplay

  1. Roll up to 3 times each turn to rack up the best possible score.

  2. Decide which dice combo you're going for.

  3. After each turn, write your score in one empty box on the score card. …



Winning is all about being strategic to get the highest score. The real mastery of the game is not just being a high roller, but knowing which box to fill in and when. Here are some tips to win Yahtzee:

  1. Aim for the 35 bonus by filling the upper section with at least 63 points near the beginning of the game. …



A large majority of the households all across the United States and quite a few in various other countries own their own set of the Yahtzee dice game.

This well-known game has earned such a high level of popularity over the last several years that it is actually hard to find a person that hasn't played or at least heard of the it. …



Components

  • Five electronic "dice" with game case
  • quick play card.

Basic Dice-rolling

Here's what you need to know about rolling, holding and rerolling the dice.

Rolling: After you choose a game from the menu, the dice will automatically "roll", then each one will beep and stop to reveal a number. (In Games, 2, 3 and 4, there are also WILD dice!)

Holding: After rolling, each die will briefly wait for you to do something. Hold any dice that you don't want to reroll by placing (or leaving) them together with their entire sides touching. See the example below. …



Components

  • Gameboard
  • 36 Chips
  • 36 Cards
  • 30 Dice
  • Rulebook

Object of the Game

Roll your dice to take cards from the center spaces or steal them from your opponents' Home spaces.

Bank (keep) each card for points if no one steals it before your next turn. To win, have the most points when the cards and chips run out.

Never Played Yahtzee

No problem! Yahtzee Free for All is based on the classic game of Yahtzee, but you don't need any Yahtzee experience to play. Just keep reading! …



Power Yahtzee is the high-scoring version of the classic "shake and roll" game Yahtzee. If you know how to play Yahtzee you'll be playing Power Yahtzee in minutes.

Components

  • Five standard dice
  • One Power die
  • Dice rolling tray
  • Score sheets
  • Instructions

Setup

Separate the snap-together dice cups, so there are two individual cups available. Each player gets a pencil and score sheet. Write your name or initials on your sheet.

Object of the Game

To have the highest point total score when one player completes scoring in all of his "slots" (rows on his score sheet). While the other players may not have as many scores, one of them may win-this creates anticipation and an exciting ending. …



Components

  • 5 Dice
  • Dice Cup
  • Scoreboard
  • Label Sheet
  • 20 Scoring Tokens
  • Rulebook

Object of the Game

Score the most points by rolling the dice and matching the Star Wars characters.

Setup

Each player takes 5 scoring tokens of the same color.

Note: There will be unused scoring tokens left over in 2- and 3-player games.

Put the 5 labeled dice into the dice cup. Put the scoreboard within easy reach of all players.

Game Play

Score the most points by rolling the dice and matching as many of the same Star Wars characters as you can. On each turn you can roll up to 3 times. The more characters you match, the more you score! …



Components

  • Electronic Yahtzee Turbo game unit and Storage Base
  • 5 multi-colored dice
  • Deck of 48 Cards
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

Be the first player to discard all of the cards in your hand.

Setup

  • Shuffle the cards and deal 5 faceup to each player.

  • All players arrange their cards in any order and keep them in a pile faceup in front of them.

  • Place the Big Die within easy reach of all players.

  • Each player rolls 1 die. The highest number goes first.

  • Slide the ON/OFF switch on the bottom of the Big Die to the ON position. …



Put on your best poker face, and get ready to roll. This game combines roll-and- score Yahtzee action with the strategy of Texas Hold'em poker. To keep the game simple, fast and fun, some of the Hold'em complexities have been modified.

However, if you're a poker purist, feel free to make up your own "house rules" to include as much Texas Hold'em flavor as you want!

Components

  • 20 dice in four "suits" (red, black, white and yellow)
  • draw bag
  • 6 dice cups
  • 90 poker chips (10s, 50s and 100s)
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

In each hand, win poker chips by having the best five-dice combination. (To win the game, be the last player remaining). …



Word Yahtzee combines the joy of dart games with more intellectual stimulating parts of the brain. The dice for word Yahtzee have letters instead of numbers on them, which makes it like a cross between scrabble and regular Yahtzee or other dice games. This is a fun way to buff up you or your child's vocabulary and spelling skills.

Today Word Yahtzee is a popular game with many different age groups of people. The rules are listed below. As mentioned above this game is really easy to learn. It will take you and your friends no time to pick up the rules and memorize them. …




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