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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Solid but not exciting version of classic dice game.

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Ease of Play

The scoring rules for iYacht-Z are the same as standard Yahtzee, and everything is explained in the rules. There are also pop-up "iQuickie" tips explaining various bits of the game that can be turned off. The touch controls are simple and easy to understand; the tilt-and-flip controls aren't as well-designed.

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The "About" screen has a link to the developer's website and a link to send an email to the developers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iYacht-Z is an implementation of the dice game Yahtzee. The game does require some basic understanding of the rules and scoring; knowledge of probabilities isn't required but would certainly help improve scores. The touch controls are simple to use but the "shake and throw" accelerometer controls do not feel natural.

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Is it any good?

IYACHT-Z is a faithful adaptation of the Yahtzee dice game: You throw five dice, decide which ones to hold and which to re-roll, and then select a scoring category for the combination you've rolled. The scoring is all automatically calculated with each roll so you can see which category will give the best score. The game has a few options for changing the dice and background colors, and you can play with up to five players at a time (pass-and-play, not online). The touchscreen controls are simple to use, but the "shake and roll" controls don't really work the way you'd expect them to, requiring an odd tilt and snap that feels little like rolling dice. And while the scoring chart and dice results are easy to read, the presentation is pretty minimal, without much in the way of die-rolling animation.

Overall, it's an adequate implementation of Yahtzee but is somewhat bare bones: fine if you just want to play the game but it doesn't really take advantage of the full capabilities of iDevices.

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