I LOVE Dice, Part 3: Cinq-O

I LOVE Dice, Part 3: Cinq-O


Another dice game that I just love is Cinq-O, from Mattel.  One of the best things about it is that it comes in a handy carrying case that easily clips to your backpack for on-the-go play.  Surprise, surprise, this can also be found in my car, neatly tucked within the Yahtzee box.  This game is a slightly similar to the style of Yahtzee because all players are taking turns with very little player interaction (versus Easy Come, Easy Go which has lots of stealing and retaliation).  In Cinq-O you’re rolling five dice trying to get the lowest or highest possible dice total which earns you points and the first one to 100 wins.  There is also a multiplier die which keeps things interesting and provides a great catch-up factor.  Overall, it’s simple to learn, easy to take with you and it definitely satisfies my dice craving in a pinch.

Now here’s where the product becomes a bit more interesting, it was invented by Reyn Guyer who also invented some products you may have heard of: Twister and Nerf.  Crazy right?  Well initially Cinq-O was going to be a Milton Bradley product but it fell out of the line at the last minute because they didn’t want to market two dice games.  But good for Reyn and for us dice lovers, a couple years later Mattel decided it was a good fit for it’s line.

And then there is the bad news…I don’t think this game is on the market anymore.  I didn’t see it at my last trip to Target and it’s not online at Amazon.com either.  So then, where to find it…eBay?

Cinq-O stats:

  • ~$10 Amazon (UPDATE: This is out of print, grab a copy if you can!)
  • 2 or more players
  • ~10 minutes
  • Ages 7 and up