The game consists of 13 rounds. In each round, you roll the dice and then score the roll in one of 13 categories. You must score once in each category -- which means that towards the end of the game you may have to settle for scoring zero in some categories. The score is determined by a different rule for each category; see the section on Scoring below.
The object of the game is to maximize your total score (of course :-). The game ends once all 13 categories have been scored.
To re-roll some of the dice, click on the toggle button underneath the die face you want to re-roll, then click on the Re-roll button. This will re-roll the selected dice, leaving the unselected ones unchanged.
You can roll the dice a total of three times -- the initial roll (in which you must roll all the dice), plus two re-rolls of any or all dice. After rolling three times, you must score the roll.
Once you've scored the roll, you roll all the dice again and repeat the process. You continue until all 13 categories have been filled, at which time the game is over.
Once you have the dice face combination you want to score, you score
the roll in one of the 13 categories. You do this by clicking on one
of the radio buttons in either the Upper Scores or Lower
Scores box. Once a category has been scored, it is closed out
for the rest of the game; you cannot change a category's score once
it's been set. Each category defines its own scoring rules, as
In the upper scores, you total only the
specified die face. So if you roll:
and score in the Threes category, your total for that entry would be 9. This same roll would yield zero points if you scored it in the Aces (Ones), Twos, or Fives category, four points if you scored it in the Fours category, or six points if you scored it in the Sixes category.
When the game is over, if you score 63 or more upper points (an average of 3 die faces per category), you will get an upper bonus of 35 points. Of course do don't need to score exactly three die faces in each upper category to get the bonus, as long as the upper total is at least 63.
In the lower scores, you score either a set amount (defined by the
category), or zero if you don't satisfy the category requirements.
3 and 4 of a Kind
For 3 of a Kind, you must have at least three of the same die
faces. If so, you total all the die faces and score that total.
Similarly for 4 of a Kind, except that you must have 4 of the
5 die faces the same. So for example, if you rolled:
you would receive 20 points for 3 of a Kind, but zero points for 4 of a Kind.
Like in poker, a straight is a sequence of consecutive
die faces; a small straight is 4 consecutive faces, and a large
straight is 5 consecutive faces. Small straights score 30 points and
large straights score 40 points. Thus, if you rolled:
you could score either a small straight or a large straight, since this roll satisfies both.
Again as in poker, a Full House is a roll where you have
both a 3 of a kind, and a pair. Full houses score 25 points.
A Yahtzee is a 5 of a Kind (i.e. all the die faces are the
same), and it scores 50 points. If you roll more than one
Yahtzee in a single game, you will earn a 100 point bonus for
each additional Yahtzee roll, provided that you have already
scored a 50 in the Yahtzee category. If you have not scored
in the Yahtzee category, you will not receive a bonus. If
you have scored a zero in the Yahtzee category, you cannot
receive any bonuses during the current game.
You can also use subsequent Yahtzee's as jokers in the lower scores section, provided the following criteria have been satisfied: