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Yahtzee Hands Down

Overall Rating: 4/10

Age: 8+

GLAM Age Range: 8-Adult

Number of Players: 2-6

Playing Time:15 min

Publisher: Hasbro

Complexity: Medium

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Quick Take: Much higher time requirements to learn and play than other card game versions of classic games. This has an interesting game concept but game play itself isn't necessarily intuitive.


How to Play: You are trying to score the best Yahtzee hand from a series of combo cards you deal out. Each player is dealt 5 cards. You go around and discard and then draw cards (representing dice) until one player has cards that match a combo card. They say "Hands Down!" and lay their entire 5 card hand down but don't say which combo card they were going for. In a two player game the opponent has two rounds to have a combo hand as well and then they lay their cards down. Whoever has scored the higher value combo card gets the points on the card, the person with the lower value does not get to keep the combo card and instead gets a chance card with a random value that they can't look at and they place it face down in front of them. That was round 1. You keep playing rounds until all the combo cards have been used up. The person with the most points wins. This is the most basic version of the rules I could come up with, there are changes in the rules if you're playing with more people or if someone doesn't get a combo card at all. 

Variations: You can alter how many combo cards you put out, allow people to draw from the discard pile, or do something different with the chance cards. 

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