Quick Look: YAHTZEE®: Naruto!
Year Published: The Op, USAOPOLY, HASBRO
No. of Players: 1+
Playing Time: 30+ minutes.
From the Publisher:
Refuel in between missions with this comforting take on America’s #1 dice game! Join your favorite ninja from the long-running anime Naruto Shippuden with YAHTZEE®: Naruto and savor victory right out of a custom ramen bowl dice cup. Roll dice featuring the ingredients of his cherished Miso Chashu Pork soup to get the highest scoring combinations for a fast and gratifying win!
Disclaimer: The publisher provided the copy of YAHTZEE®: Naruto! The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own.
What my 8 year old daughter had to say about YAHTZEE®: Naruto!: So, it’s really fun. It feels like a gambling game. Note: we haven’t ever taught or played any gambling games with her. One of the things that I would probably change about it is that it’s kind of colorful. If the yellow was a little less bright that’d be better. Because I like lighter tones of yellows. But the Yahtzee character is really cute. I like the size of the sheets because they’re more easier to write on. But if the grids on the sheets were a bit bigger that’d be nice. Over all it’s a nice game. I would play it again and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. It was really easy to get a YAHTZEE.
What my 14 year old son had to say about YAHTZEE®: Naruto!:
Gambling addiction. It’s a fun multiplayer game. There’s Ramen. There’s Naruto! It’s interesting?
I’m not one for anime nor had I played YAHTZEE in over 20 years. But, when I saw this come available knowing: that YAHTZEE was/is an easy game to learn/teach from what I recollected and that my wife and kids are anime fans, it was a must have.
Rules & Setup:
It’s easy enough! Plop the dice in the ramen bowl. Give everyone a score card. Place the pencil on the table and you’re pretty much good to roll.
On each turn, roll the dice up to 3 times to get the highest scoring combination for one of the 13 categories. After you finish rolling, you must place a score or a zero (This rule was easily forgotten by me, we just didn’t put anything, LOL) in one of the 13 category boxes on your score card. The game ends when all players have filled in their 13 boxes. (Due to my forgetfulness, we just played until the 1st person had filled in all the spots.) Scores are totaled, including and bonus points (Easily Overlooked) The player with the highest total wins.
Theme and Mechanics:
While I don’t know much about the anime, according to the pictures I’ve seen, they nailed it. I’ll have to ask my in home experts. Mechanics, they got it right. When describing this game to my wife I told her YAHTZEE® was the 1st Roll & Write game. I don’t think I’m wrong. Argue the point with me in the comments….
We played a couple of games. I think I lost each one. But it was pretty fun.
Artwork and Components:
I think they got it right. I especially like the feel that the bowl brings to the table.
While I think anxiety in getting games to the table that I have to learn and then teach is just an inevitable part of my life, this one got to the table sooner than most and we had a blast.
My only complaint when it comes to YAHTZEE®: Naruto! is it’s LOUD! May I suggest getting a leather dice tray?
Overall this one’s a keeper and better yet I can see it making it to the table quite often.
Players who like: YAHTZEE, Naruto, Dice and having fun should give this one a try.
After reading Lake’s review, if this sounds like a game for you at the time of this posting YAHTZEE®: Naruto! is on sale currently at FUN.COM for
$22.99 $17.99. Check it out and get yours HERE.
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Lake was a pharmacy tech in just about every facet you can think of including as a veteran of the United States Air Force. He’s also a husband to his wonderful wife with whom he has been blessed to be the father of 5 great children. Due to circumstances beyond his control he got thrown into the world of Tabletop gaming. As an overachiever he couldn’t just sit there quietly playing games. So he started podcasting about games in May of 2017. Ever since then has been slowly trying to grow his evil regime starting with The Giveaway Geek
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