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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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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 11.3 x 3.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007UDXSE
  • Item model number: BS02042
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,117 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Shut the Box Bookshelf Game

This English sailors' game of yore is deceptively simple: roll the dice and put down tiles that match your roll. But shutting the box -- putting all of the tiles down -- is harder than it seems. Fun and addictive, you can't play just one game. This Sababa/Front Porch Classic edition of Shut-The-Box boasts a handsome, solid-wood box and handmade wooden dice and tiles. It's for any number of players.

  • Age: 8 years and up

From the Manufacturer

Shut-the-Box Bookshelf Game from Front Porch Classics is a beautiful version of the English sailors' game. This fast-paced game is fun and addictive and can be enjoyed by any number of players. Enclosed in a beautiful felt-lined wooden box, the game comes with handmade wooden tiles and dice. Game play is deceptively simple. Roll the dice, count your points and then flip down the tiles that match your roll. But shutting the box--laying down all the tiles--is harder than it seems. We bet you can't play just one game. For 1 or more players age 8 and over. Front Porch Classics offers "unplugged family entertainment." We're dedicated to bringing people together through play. Our games are designed to engage friends and the whole family around the coffee table, laughing, sharing and building memories. We build our core values into every toy and game we sell: rich storytelling, elegant design, ageless appeal and limitless play.

Customer Reviews

We have a blast playing!
Ball Mom
The wooden "bar" that holds the numbers was bent which caused all the numbers to fall off.
jballred
Game is so fun for all ages!
RED

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J Sullivan on January 9, 2007
Our whole family loves this game. I like this version because it includes the history and rules of the game on the inside cover. I also like that you can close the cover and not lose the dice. The construction is a little flimsy and there is not enough felt on the board which makes the dice rolling a little noisy. We added a piece of felt on top of the board and it is much better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Bernheimer on February 15, 2010
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This is fun and it makes a great gift. We play while we are watching TV or having a conversation and just pass the box around the room. I have played with eight year olds and sixty year olds. The children love it when they get to "shut the box" and its fun to watch them as they add up the numbers in ther heads. Sometimes, when it's just us "old folks," eveyone puts down a quarter and we play for the "pot".
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. E. McDermott on February 14, 2010
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I have given this game to all of my adult children so they can share and play it with their children. We are a very competitve family and "Shut the Box" let's you compete against your self as well as others. It is great for teaching young children to add and choose number combinations. I am 70 years old and I grew up with this game always out on the breakfast bar in our home. I think my parents placed it there to keep us occupied while waiting to be fed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Osterman on January 11, 2007
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I bought this for my mentally challenged brother after playing it at a friends house. It is great for keeping your arithmetic skills honed.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Fries on May 2, 2009
I had always wanted to pick up a copy of this game due to it's simplicity and historical background, and what a winner this version is !!

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 !!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William E. Prince on February 3, 2010
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Saw a game like this at a gift shop and was intrigued by the way it just looked like an old box. Always trying to find something different from video games and characters to entertain the grandkids, so I got this from Amazon and gave it at Christmas. An instant hit! Even the little ones that don't do math were fascinated by the flipping numbers. Even my Mon & Dad, in their late 70's, loved it. It probably won't have the lasting intellectual value of a good card game, but it's sure a great way to teach kids simple math fast, without them even knowing it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Hill HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 1, 2010
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We bought this Shut-The-Box and the Melissa & Doug Shut-the-Box version after playing the game at a recent family reunion. The Melissa & Doug version is slightly smaller and a little higher quality than this one. This is a great game for almost any age and can include almost any number of players. Here are my observations:

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
* Dice

This is a very fun party game and even younger players can quickly learn to play.

Recommended!

CFH
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