I’ve been playing Yahtzee since I was a youngster, as have I’m sure many of you. It was always a favourite of mine and my family. However, because there were few other dice games available, we ended up playing more card games than anything else. I have discovered some alternative dice games that Yahtzee enthusiasts like myself will like. If you are looking for new dice games that are similar to and as entertaining as Yahtzee, try some of these…
Other than Yahtzee, there are more fun dice games to play
I’ve played a few of these. Others I’ve only heard of or read about, but I’m excited to try them out when I have the chance. I haven’t included them in any particular order, so skim over each description for something that appeals to you.
Qwixx is a dice game similar to Yahtzee, but instead of big combinations, it relies on combining pairs of dice. The goal is to delete as many numbers (2-12) from the colour-coded scorecard as possible with the six dice given. Although it appears to be a simple game, the rules of elimination add enough complexity to make it a hard strategic game.
The Qwixx rules call for two to five players, but more can be added if desired. The players who are waiting will not be bored because they will be able to score once on each player’s turn using the total of the two white dice. An average game lasts 10-15 minutes and costs between $9 and $12. If you have four different coloured dice and two white dice, you can print free Qwixx score cards and pay nothing! There’s also the Qwixx scoring programme, which takes care of all the arithmetic for you.
This classic dice game is a must-have for any gaming collection. Farkle plays with six standard dice. The only single die numbers worth points are the 5s and 1. Combinations like 3, 4, 5, and 6 of a kind can be scored, but you must roll at least 3 of a kind all at once to score. You can’t roll a 5 one time and a 5 the next to get a total of 5-5-5.
Farkle is a risk management game, which adds to its appeal. You can always roll again in the hopes of getting a better score, but if your score doesn’t improve on the next roll, you lose your turn and score nothing; this is known as a Farkle. You don’t need to buy anything to play if you have 6 dice on hand. Take out a pen and paper, read over our brief Farkle rules page, then invite as many pals as you want to play.
3. To court the King
This dice game reminds me a lot of Coup, but without the duplicity and dishonesty. The goal for each player is to secure the influence of nobility in order to gain the King’s favour. In this turn-based game, each player rolls 12 dice in search of precise combinations that will earn them assistance from a secret noble character, each of whom has a different ability in gaining the King’s favour.
To Court the King is a two- to five-player game. It includes a set of 50 character cards as well as 12 dice. It’s available to buy online, but it’s not simple to come by. It was going for $60+ the last time I looked, as did its younger relative, Favor of the Pharaoh.
4. Roll for it!
Players compete to roll precise combinations on the dice to gain points in this unusual dice and card game, which is similar to Yahtzee. The combinations you’re rolling for, on the other hand, are determined by the cards that are dealt throughout the game. The cards are divided into difficulty levels, each with a corresponding point value. Cards that require two dice are worth two points, three dice are worth five points, and four dice are worth ten points. Players must roll combinations and collect cards worth a total of 40 points to win this turn-based game.
The game Roll for It! is designed for 2-4 players. It includes a deck of cards and 24 dice (6 of each colour). It’s a cheaper version of Yahtzee, costing around $7-$10.
5. Phase 10 Dice
You’ll have a fair idea of how this game works if you’ve ever played the exciting card game Phase 10. Phase 10 is a game that my family and I enjoy playing, although it may be a lengthy game. Phase 10 Dice is a shorter variant of Yahtzee with twice as many dice and more possibilities to reach than Yahtzee. Those wilds come in useful in the same way they do in the card game!
Sets, runs, larger runs of 7, 8, and 9, seven of a specific colour, and all of the other tough card combinations featured in the original Rummy-style card game are all part of the goal. The following Phase (i.e. dice combination) on the list is completed after three rolls. However, it is not about accumulating points. The player who completes all of the required combinations first wins.
I’ve had this game for a long time and it’s a lot of fun! Regrettably, it does not appear to be in production any longer. It’s available for $20 or new for $30-$60. Yikes! And to think, the card game is still available for $7 at retail stores.
Boggle is a fantastic dice game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s frequently used as a reading/spelling tool for children, but it’s also enjoyed by many adults. The game is played using 16 lettered dice in a square plastic container. When you shake it and set it down, all of the dice fall into the case’s 16 small spaces. The players then race against the clock to spell as many words as they can from the neighbouring dice. The more points a word is worth, the longer it is.
Boggle is a two-player game with a three-minute time limit. Big Boggle and Super Big Boggle, deluxe variants with a 55 or 66 letter grid, are also available.
7. Yahtzee Showdown
Yahtzee Showdown is a true board game version of the classic title that pits players against one another for the same dice combinations. There are 12 available slots on the board, as well as four wild spots. Players roll to advance around the board, then roll again to claim a spot.
They can roll for any combo card that hasn’t been taken if the slot is open. If the position has a card on it, the player must roll for whatever is on the card in the hopes of taking it from the existing owner. When a player lands on a wild, they can roll for any card, taken or not. Depending on the complexity, each card combination is worth a set number of coins. The person with the most combined coins on the cards at the end of the game is the winner.
Yahtzee Showdown is a 2-4 person game. Although it does not appear to be on shop shelves these days, you can find a used one for a reasonable price on the internet.
8. Lord$ of Vegas’s
This isn’t your ordinary dice game. The dice, despite the fact that there are 48 of them (12 per person in a 2-4 player game), are only utilised for particular portions of the game. It’s nothing like Yahtzee in this aspect. In fact, it’s more like a Vegas-style Monopoly game.
Ownership of properties along Las Vegas Boulevard and its major side streets is acquired by players (Flamingo Rd, Tropicana Ave, etc.) Players can use their money to do things like build, expand, or refurbish a casino, or – since this is Vegas – gamble in an opponent’s casino!
I wouldn’t buy this on the spur of the moment. For one thing, it’s not a cheap game, with prices ranging from $45 to $65. It’s a little trickier than Monopoly, and it takes some getting used to. It’s also not a good game for young kids — not because of the gambling part, but because it’s a really complicated game that can take 1 to 1-1/2 hours to complete. Overall, Lord$ of Vegas is a lot of fun once you get the hang of it, and it comes with an expansion pack for genuine aficionados.
9. Vegas Dice Game
This game isn’t to be confused with Lords of Vegas (above), but it does revolve around dice. Each player starts with eight dice in this game designed for two to five players. Each of the six tile cards, labelled with the die numbers 1-6, represents a different Las Vegas resort. Every casino is given a value of at least $50k by drawing random money cards, and players will roll to discover who wins the cash.
This is a fast game that is simple to understand and play. And because there is no real or simulated gambling, the kids are welcome (recommended for ages 8 and up). Note that this was once marketed as the “Las Vegas Dice Game,” but the “Vegas Dice Game” is the same game, manufactured by the same firm, and packaged in a dice-shaped box. They can cost anywhere from $20 to $40, but shop around. On eBay, they normally sell for $10-$15 brand new.
10. Rolling Through The Ages
This is a one-of-a-kind board game that guides players through the construction of a civilization using symbolic dice. It comes in a variety of ‘Ages’ (Bronze Age, Iron Age, and so on), but the purpose remains the same. Players strive to create additional cities, produce more resources, and feed a rising population in order to evolve a healthy society. All of this is accomplished by rolling dice that provide supplies, labour, food, cash, and other items.
The cost of this dice and board game ranges from $25 to $40, but it’s well worth it. It includes enough wooden pegs and player boards for 1-4 players (yes, solo play is enjoyable! ), as well as six wooden dice and a thick pad of scorecards. You can print free score pads for Roll Through the Ages directly from the creator’s website if you run out.
11. Catan Dice Game
Catan Dice is what Mahjongg is to Dominoes in terms of Yahtzee. It comes with six dice that are marked with graphics rather than numbers. The illustrations depict various building materials such as bricks, wood, coal, wheat, and sheep. The goal is to construct highways, knights, communities, and cities. Each construction necessitates a unique, more challenging resource material combination. However, you can’t just create anything. You must select a path to expand on the game board, with each structure along the road worth a certain number of points.
But there’s a catch… Catan is a single-player or two-player game. The single game is enjoyable, but the setup does not lend itself to a family game night. You could increase the number of players, but you’ll need to create a new game board to do so. That shouldn’t be too difficult; I’ve done it before. This game is available for roughly $10, and if you enjoy it, there are larger, better expansion packs available.
12. Monopoly Express
Monopoly Express, formerly known as ‘Don’t Go to Jail,’ is a short and enjoyable dice game in which players compete to be the first to collect $15,000. This is accomplished by rolling symbolic dice and taking calculated risks. A little circle, roughly the size of a saucer, serves as the game board. It has color-coded squares that represent the various Monopoly properties, such as railways and utilities. A point value is assigned to each group. You can keep rolling as long as you like, but if you roll a trio of officers, all of your previous scores will be gone, and your round will be ended!
It’s designed for 2-4 players, but if you use paper instead of the score pad included, you can play with as many as you want. If you want a lengthier or more difficult game, you can increase the point/cash value required to win. This one costs around $10 online and comes in a small case that makes it ideal for travel.
13. BANG! The Dice Game
You’ll get an idea of what’s in store if you’ve ever played BANG! The Card Game. This version is faster than the previous one, but it keeps the same essential values. Each player is given a character card that grants them a unique skill in the game. Players take turns rolling the five dice up to three times each. Players can use the information to execute actions such as expanding shot range, shooting neighbours, or repairing life points after receiving damage.
Everyone is trying to achieve whatever their team’s aim is in this team game. Your character determines what you want to achieve (Sheriff, deputy, outlaw, or renegade). The sheriff and his deputies are attempting to assassinate all of the outlaws, while the outlaws are out to assassinate the sheriff, and the renegades are out to assassinate everyone and be the last ones standing. The game comes in a few different theme versions, all of which cost between $10 and $20.