I think I’m in love with Qwixx. No really, this has quickly moved to the tip-top of my list of favorite dice games (and I really like dice games). In a nutshell, here are the top 5 things I love about this game:
1. It’s not just luck, there are plenty of strategies to try out in this game.
2. You have to pay attention and make a decision even when it’s not your turn.
3. It plays just as well with 2 players as it does with 5.
4. It’s pretty small (so it travels well) and the box has a lovely magnetic closure.
5. Unless someone is a slow decision-maker, turns go rather quickly.
What don’t I like? I don’t like that I’m burning through score sheets like some people tear through boxes of Girl Scout Thin Mints**. It’s definitely more difficult to explain to someone than say Yahtzee, but that’s because there is so much more to the game. And I’m not 100% sold on the name as there are a lot of underused alphabet letters, which made us a little uncertain of the correct pronunciation (but that’s being picky.)
How to Play
The goal is to score the most points. You score points by crossing off numbers. There are 4 rows of numbers, each a different color, and two of them go from 2-12 whereas the other two go from 12-2. The main rule is that you have to start on the left and go to the right — and if you pass up a number, well you’re out of luck. There are 2 ways to cross off a number. When the dice are rolled on a player’s turn, they first yell out the total of the two white dice and this number anyone (or everyone or no one) can cross off in any row on their sheet (as long as they follow the right to left rule). After that has been done, the player who rolled the dice gets to choose a second number to cross off using 1 white die plus one colored die. So if you had a white 3 and a red 6 you could cross off a 9 in your red row. On your turn you must take a number or take a penalty (worth -5 at the end of the game). The game ends when 2 rows have been locked out (by a player crossing off the 12 or 2 at the far right of the score pad, or someone has 4 penalties. You count up how many numbers are crossed off in each row and score accordingly. Those are the highlights and the player with the highest score wins. Be sure to read the instructions before you play as there are some rules I glazed over here that are important to the strategy of the game.
Qwixx has been on my “to buy” list for AGES and I just got around to getting it now and I’m so glad I did. It’s getting a ton of play time with family and friends this summer… so GO BUY IT NOW.
~$10 Qwixx at Amazon, local game retailers
2 or More Players (it says up to 5 but we played with 7)
Ages 8 and up