Along with Monopoly, Yahtzee may be the game that everyone has somewhere. I think the copy of the game we have is actually my wife's from when she was growing up. I think my family also had Yahtzee growing up, but I never played it. I usually just raided it for dice for the Star Wars RPG. So is Yahtzee still a favorite or has it been surpassed by other games?
In Yahtzee player's will be rolling five dice. After a roll, players can hold any number of dice and re-roll any number of dice. Each turn players may take a total of three rolls. After rolling, players will score their dice. There are two sections in scoring the first is just in numbers 1-6. For this section, a player adds up all that they rolled of the given number and scores that many. Thus, if I roll three fives I may score 15 points in the fives. The second section is combinations such as three of a kind, four a kind, full house, and straights. Each of these sections can only be scored once per game. If a player is unable to score in an un-scored section at the end of their turn then they must pick one of those sections and score a zero. After all players have either scored or filled zeroes into all sections the game ends and whoever has the most points wins.
The Game We Played
We rolled dice, and then rolled them some more. I did manage to get a five of a kind. In the top section (the number section), there are bonus points if the total for this area equals a certain amount. I fell one point short of getting these bonus points, but my wife did get them. She won with a final score of 257 to 222.
My Rating: 1 (Never Want to Play Again)
My Thoughts: I like rolling dice, but I want it to have a point. This is just rolling dice for the sake of doing it. I dislike that this truly is multiplayer solitaire. A player's turn has zero impact on my turn. I am sure there is some high level probability based strategy that I am unable to wrap my head around, but this game fees like a game of pure luck that is often more frustrating than fun.
Her Rating: 3 (It's OK)
Her Thoughts: I love to roll dice, and I have yet to find another dice game that I love. Though, I recently played King of Tokyo and liked it. Perhaps that game will replace Yahtzee as my go to dice game.
Combined Rating: 4
I dislike Yahtzee a lot. I would rather play Quarriors!, Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age, or even Yamslam over playing Yahtzee. However, it still holds a nostalgic place in my wife's gaming heart so I suppose we will keep it. . . I just don't know if we will ever play it.