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Qwixx - A Fast Family Dice Game
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- Includes 6 dice
- 1 score pad
- Rules of play and in Spanish
- Reinforces probability, math and strategic thinking
- Playing time: 15 minutes
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
This quick-playing dice game will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end! Qwixx is simple to play but each decision is crucial - the more numbers you cross off, the more points you score. With no downtime between turns you'll have a chance to gain from each and every roll. Just one round of this thrilling game and you will be caught up in Qwixx-fever!
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Your score sheet in this game is composed of 4 colored rows with 12 boxes each. Red and yellow are arranged in ascending order (2 through 12) while blue and green are arranged in descending order. The goal of the game is to cross out as many numbers as possible before the end of the game. The more numbers you cross off in a given row the more points you will score. The hitch is that numbers can only be crossed out left to right. For example, if 5 is the first number you cross out on the red row, you are no longer able to cross out the 2, 3, or 4. And if you skip the 6, 7, and 8 and cross out the 9, the numbers you skip are now unavailable to cross out.
Here is how a turn works: the active player rolls 6 dice (2 white, 1 each of red, blue, green, and yellow). The active player announces the sum of the 2 white dice and all players are able, if they wish, to cross out that number on any given row they choose. The active player also gets access to a second number: they may choose 1 white die and one of the colored dice and cross out that sum on the row of the colored die they chose. A penalty can affect the active player: if the active player only does not cross out a number on their turn, they receive a penalty worth -5 at game's end. There are some other rules about rows being locked and how the game ends, but it really is a very simple game and the rules, which come with several pictures and examples, will not be hard to understand.
Why do I think this is better than Yahtzee? First, it plays much quicker. The dice are only rolled once per turn so even if you are playing with the maximum 5 players, no one will have to wait long for a chance to roll the dice. Also, every player has the opportunity to benefit from every roll thus keeping players involved throughout the game. I also do not find it quite as frustrating as Yahtzee. I never thought rolling 2 6's on your first roll and not getting a single 6 on your next 2 rolls was fun. For some reason in Qwixx, even though it is a dice game, it feels like there are not as many instances where the dice just ruin your shot at winning. Players have a bit more control in deciding how to pursue their score and ending the game on their terms. No, Qwixx is not a highly skilled game where you will develop multiple strategies over time. But it is a fun, fast paced dice game with some interesting decision points you will begin to recognize after a few plays. It is easy to carry and play and can become a staple family activity. Highly recommended.
First and foremost, I like the fact that it is portable and can be played almost anywhere. After all, the entire game consists of just six dice and some scorepads. I do think that the game could have included more scorepads as you’ll tend to go through them quickly, though you can print/download my not-so-pretty version of the scoresheet for free on my official website. The first page is in color, the second one is not (for the benefit of those who can only print in black and white). The instructions were easy to read and provided plenty of pictures and examples.
Unlike some other dice games on the market, this one keeps players engaged no matter whose turn it is. While the active player gets to cross off a potential two numbers on their turn, other players will have the option of crossing off one. This mechanic is especially helpful in larger groups where there’s usually a lot of downtime waiting for your turn to roll back around. I also thought that making the red and yellow values ascend in numeric order and the green and blue values descend in numeric order was an interesting choice. This mechanic certainly gave us more choices as I didn’t find myself stuck rooting for just low/high values at the beginning/end of the game, respectively.
All in all, “Qwixx” is a great choice for an easy-to-play, family-friendly dice romp on family game night. It supports up to five players, which is great for families of five like mine. It’s easily recommendable at its current price tag of $10-$15, though I do think that the replacement scoresheets offered through the official site are a bit pricey considering how quickly you’ll go through them.
For board game geeks this game fits in the fun filler category.