Yahtzee HD

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Visually pleasing re-creation of the classic dice game.

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Ease of Play

One of the most endearing qualities about the classic dice game Yahtzee is its wide accessibility. This iPad version of the game is no exception. Players can just tap on the screen to roll the dice and can make marks on their score cards quickly and easily. There are instructions for those who do not know all of the rules from the outset, but most players will be able to jump right into the game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yahtzee HD is a colorful, high-definition version of the timeless dice game that has remained popular since its inception in 1956. This iPad version adds a few new elements, including a version of the game in which players roll colored dice instead of numbered ones, and an "Adventure" mode in which players roll their way to high scores against colorful computer-controlled characters. The game adds appeal with a wide visual palette and catchy graphics, and encourages players to compete with one another in various multiplayer modes that only require one iPad. Players can also earn special achievements for scoring specific dice rolls and marking accomplishments such as total points achieved in every game played.

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What's it about?

Yahtzee HD functions the same as the classic dice game that has been sold in various inceptions for more than half a century. Players roll five dice at a time, and then try to improve upon that roll by selectively re-rolling dice, much in the same vain as trying to create the best poker hand. This version has high-definition graphics, along with a different mode in which players roll dice with different colors as opposed to different numbers. There is also a single-player \"Adventure\" mode where players compete against computer-controlled opponents.

Is it any good?

YAHTZEE HD doesn't break any barriers, but its goal of presenting a fun, accessible version of one of the most classic games of all time is definitely achieved here. The graphics on the iPad are very crisp and clear, and an assortment of bright colors adds a level of excitement to the experience. There are multiple ways to play with other people on the same iPad, including "Battle Mode," "Duplicate Mode," and "Pass 'N Play," but it is also fun to play solo. Players who don't have a nearby competitor can challenge the game's built-in computer opponents in a special "Adventure" mode, adding some depth to the singe-player experience. In all, it doesn't do much to shake up the Yahtzee franchise, but it doesn't need to. It takes the time-tested game and makes it look great, easy to play, and fun to watch.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: October 29, 2010
  • Category: Dice Games
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Version: 1.2.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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