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Yahtzee (1956) is a push-your-luck game where you try to score the most points. You play by rolling and then re-rolling select dice to make your target more likely. It is a classic case of push your luck, where sometimes the dice fall in your favour and other times you can’t seem to roll anything that you need.

You play by rolling dice, with the aim of crossing off a variety of different Poker-style point-scoring sequences. Each go, you can roll the five dice a maximum of three times. You must enter a score into one of the boxes on your scoresheet. So, as you play, you have to decide which dice to re-roll and which to keep towards the sequence you are going for. The more difficult a sequence is to roll, then the more points it is worth. For example, five of a kind scores you fifty points and is called a “Yahtzee”.

As you progress, you fill up your scoresheet, which limits the number of sequences that you have available to you. This pushes you to take ever greater risks in search of points. As you can only score each sequence once, if you fail to complete the one you are rolling for, then you need to enter a zero in the box and score no points for that turn. There are a few extra bonuses that you can aim for and the winner is the player with the most points after all players have attempted to complete all the boxes on their sheet.

This is a classic dice game, for which everyone has a favourite order to go after the points boxes and the way they conjure lady luck to help them in their quest. Expect to hear the phrase “The dice just don’t like me today” at least once a game.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Yahtzee 22 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Collecting and Push-Your-Luck game with Roll-And-Write and Sequencing elements. You can play with 2 to 10 players in the same room. It is best with 3 or 4 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. It is a very simple game to learn. Before you play for the first time, try to ensure that you understand what each of the scoring sequences is and what you score for them.

Play Time: This game will take between 20 minutes and 40 minutes to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

6+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to total the value of the dice and be able to mark their score on the score sheet. However, this and totalling the final score could be supported by another person.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
There are hundreds of different versions of this game, but they largely have the same rules and seem to supersede the previous version when they become available. The current version was published in 2017 by Hasbro. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/1956

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Players: 2-10

Genres: Collecting, Push-Your-Luck (Roll-And-Write and Sequencing)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Dice and Pen and Pad

Developer: Hasbro (@Hasbro)

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