Yahtzee: It’s Not Just Your Grandma’s Game

About Yahtzee

Yahtzee is a dice game that requires players to roll specific combinations of numbers listed on the score sheet. The more combinations you get, the higher your score will be at the end. And while in large part Yahtzee is a game of luck, strategy does come into play—should you put those four sixes in your sixes spot and try for the 35 bonus points up top, or should you put it in the four-of-a-kind spot? Your choices at moments like these can affect whether or not you come out on top in the end.

Number of Players: 2+

Recommended Ages: 8+

For too long, Yahtzee has been associated with grandparents. It has this stigma of being a game for old people, but the truth is that the game is a lot of fun for people of all ages. It's competitive and suspenseful, and it requires so little focus that you can easily engage in conversation while playing the game.

The best thing about Yahtzee is the chance to get a Yahtzee—rolling five identical numbers. When it happens, it’s very exciting; you’ll find yourself even cheering for other players (as well as groaning) when they roll one. Even better is when you get a double Yahtzee by rolling more than one Yahtzee during a game. The double Yahtzee adds 100 points to your score and pretty much guarantees your win.

Yahtzee requires very little concentration, so it’s a good game to play if you want to visit with others or have conversations about something other than the game. If you do want to talk about the game, it’s fun to discuss strategies. Try to convince other players to put scores somewhere other than where they originally intended—either for your benefit or theirs.

The only downside to Yahtzee is that sometimes you end up with a string of poor luck and just can’t roll anything decent. When that happens, it’s frustrating for you as well as other players because the game loses some of its excitement when it’s not competitive.

Overall, though, Yahtzee is an excellent game that generates excitement and stimulates conversations between all players.