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Shut the Box Bookshelf Game
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- The Front Porch Classics Shut the Box Bookshelf Game recreates an English sailors' game of yore
- Game play is deceptively simple: roll your dice, count the points and lay down the tiles that correspond to your roll
- Fun for any number of players age 8 and over
- The handsome, solid-wood box comes with handmade wooden dice and tiles
- Front Porch Classics offers "unplugged family entertainment" that brings people together through play
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The bookshelf version of the game not only looks just like another book if you put it on a bookshelf, but it is attractive when you leave it sitting on a coffee table. It is also the best size for passing around. I have played with the bigger chest type box and that one is nice to look at but you usually have to get up out of your seat to hand it to the next person. It is awkward and heavy. This one can be handed over with one hand. Our family enjoys "Shut the Box" so much that I bought several and gave them as gifts.
It is just plain fun and you can adapt the game to meet the users needs.
My brother throws the dice and then puts the appropriate key or keys down.
He doesn't keep score but it kept him occupied and using his counting skills. We heard that box shutting all Christmas day.
Game Play (Simplified) -
* Players roll two dice (at first) and flip down numbers that equal the sum of the total rolled
* Some rule variants allow the use of only one die after 7, 8, & 9 are flipped down
* Each player continues until he can no longer flip down a tile and then adds up the total of the remaining numbers
* The box passes to the next player and the winner is the one with the lowest score (unless someone "shuts the box" and automatically win by successfully flipping all of the numbers down)
This version includes -
* A Good Looking Game Box; this has an intentionally rustic appearance, but it will not stand up to much abuse
This is a very fun party game and even younger players can quickly learn to play.
My 8 year old daughter has been fascinated by the conversations of the game and it's past, and it's become sort of neat to research the history of it as well ! We have been playing it practically non-stop since it came ! You can play alone or with any number of people. There's no set up and no clean up, and it stores and looks impressive on any shelf ! What more could a mom ASK for ?! ;o)
It's brilliantly strategic, and every game is completely different. Learning to decide how to play each roll and which tiles to choose has reinforced simple math skills, AND it teaches reasonable thinking and strategic decision making for my daughter ! I find the box, the wooden dice, and the tiles to be authentically rustic looking and sturdy as well !
The tiniest (and I do mean TINIEST) of an issue is that the felt inside is a bit thin (loud rolling) as I've seen someone else has mentioned. I'm simply going to take that person's good advice and add another thin layer of felt. I would never let that small matter prevent me from buying or recommending this product. It really is just wonderful !!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful case for this entertaining game. Very well made. Would recommend this game highly.Published 16 days ago by Carolyn A. Via
Played this game at a friend's house and had so much fun, I knew I needed to have my own game!Published 21 days ago by Beth Rumsey
I bought this to play with my 4 year old grandson. It is great for learning addition and play to win at the same time.Published 25 days ago by B. Schoonover
Nice looking, fun and addicting game, but the lid was held on by small staples and came apart the first day of playing when it fell on the carpet only 1 foot down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kimberly S Wollner