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Melissa & Doug Shut-the-Box

4.3 out of 5 stars 212 customer reviews

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  • Solid-wood case with a see-through, latching lid houses, 9 flipping number tiles and two wooden dice.
  • Children and adults alike will enjoy this game of strategy and chance.
  • Play with a friend or enjoy alone.
  • Strategy games teaches math and logic skills.
  • Exceptional Quality and Value.
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Young children will enjoy this as a counting game, while two to four older players will enjoy it for the strategy. Our heirloom quality version of this classic seafaring game has a latching wooden box that features a transparent, shatterproof top and flipping wooden number tiles. It includes two dice, a convenient storage pouch and a detailed instruction booklet.

From the Manufacturer

Melissa & Doug toys are designed to nurture creativity and imagination.  From classic wooden toys to creative crafts, pretend play, and games, Melissa & Doug's products inspire exploration and enrich children's lives in a way that's as engaging as playtime itself! Since the Company's founding more than 25 years ago, Melissa & Doug has consistently delivered innovative children’s products with a commitment to uncompromising quality, safety, service and value. Well-designed, durable playthings should be accessible to all, and Melissa & Doug strives to foster wonder and a lifelong love of learning in children throughout the world.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3 x 9 x 12.7 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
ASIN B000Y0K6RI
Item model number 4377
Manufacturer recommended age 6 - 10 years
Best Sellers Rank #68,633 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#2,117 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
#4,027 in Toys & Games > Baby & Toddler Toys
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4.3 out of 5 stars 212 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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By Josh Wolfe on July 9, 2012
Format: Toy
Length: 3:43 Mins
A fun game while waiting for others to arrive, but the quality it shoddy in parts and quality control missed the upside down 9.
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We bought the Melissa & Doug version of "Shut-the-Box" after playing the game at a recent family reunion. This is a great game for almost any age and can include almost any number of players. The one at my family reunion was higher quality, but likely was also more expensive. 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 that is only marginally marred by the obviously plastic window, with the metal hinges and latch being a nice touch
* Dice Bag and Dice; the bag is nice and has a leather(et?) drawstring, but the dice are very rustic appearing and we all have some concern about how random they are (seems to roll 2s a lot) - we have replaced these with standard dice
* Instruction Booklet; contains basic and variant rules

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

Recommended!

CFH
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Extremely poor craftsmanship. Like someone slapped some glue and wood together on an assembly line and there was no quality control. Cheap materials went into the product and it shows. The numbers do not move independently and the bar that holds the numbers did not fit.
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After seeing a shut the box game at my friend's house, I purchased this Melissa & Doug version for my son's 6th birthday. We love playing this game; he thoroughly enjoys it and asks to play it. We have only had it for a few weeks, but it seems like it will be durable enough. This a great coffee table game for adults, as well as beginning "adders"!
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Ordered this for xmas, had to return it. The number tiles did not move freely, the holes that the rod passes through were to small. So when I flipped one number 2 other tiles moved. I tried working the tiles for about 20 minutes but three tiles stayed stuck to the rod.
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I received this item thinking I was getting a heirloom quality product, I did not. The box was poorly made, the dice were of very poor quality and the window was basically a cut piece of plastic stuck in and not even fitted well. The number 5,6,7,8 and 9 all stuck and came down together and were very hard to separate and make work on their own. I will be returning this item.
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By Eehm on September 11, 2009
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I had seen this game in a local toy shop. When I asked the owner about it, he said he wasn't sure how to play it, but it it sold well and he couldn't recall anyone returning it. My daughter loves games, so I'm always on the look out for fun games we will all enjoy. I'm so glad I took a chance and purchased this game.
This is a simply, yet fun game. You can come up with different ways to determine who wins. This has quickly become a family favorite, my husband and I love it as much as our 7 year old daughter. You can play alone or with several players. We take it along with us to family gatherings, to outdoor events to play while we are waiting for the show to begin or when we go out to eat to play while we are waiting for our table and/or food. As with all Melissa and Doug products the quality is great.
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The game itself is fun. But the quality is poor. When the number 8 is turned down the 9 also turns down on its own and vice versa. The cloth in the bottom of the box is not cut straight and ragged edges are glued up onto the inside of the box. Since it was sealed in plastic wrap it was not opened before it was given as a gift. Talk about embarassing! Had I known about the poor quality I would have never given it as a gift, I would have returned it and purchased one from a different manufacturer.
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