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Relive childhood with classic Android dice game SuperYatzy

by Caitlin M. Foyt

The Super Yatzy Free Edition app for your Android phone is a great mobile version of the Yahtzee dice game you played as a child.

The concept of the game is the same. You get six die, and you roll to get different combinations in order to score as many points of possible. The dice can be rolled up to three times each turn (or four, depending upon which version of the game you're most familiar with) to try to make one of the 13 possible scoring combinations. There are 13 rounds in a game, during which the player chooses which scoring combination is to be used in that round. Once a combination has been used in the game, it cannot be used again.

Because there are tons of different rule variations, there is an option to choose the version that your family played when you were growing up. Select your game type from "Normal" (three rolls), "Easy" (four rolls), "TopDown" (you get four rolls, but you have to score everything from the top of the score sheet from ones down to Yatzy in sequence), "BonusScore" (in which scores in the lower section made in one roll receive double points), "RollSaver" (unused rolls are passed to the next round) and "5-dice Classic" and "NordicClassic" games (classic Yahtzee rules, in which 63 points in the top part receives a bonus.)

Super Yatzy Free Edition supports up to four players at a time, computer or human. To select an automated opponent, check the box next to a player named "Tommy" twice until you see the avatar of a green space invader. Then click the yellow start button.

The graphics in this game aren't very appealing to the eye, but what it lacks in design, it makes up for in gameplay. Super Yatzy allows players to override suggested rolls, provides a lot of different game styles, and is a fun way to pass the time.