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Sponsored Game Review: Yatzy

September 17, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Yatzy is a game for Android that, as you might have already guessed takes after the popular Yahtzee board game. You have 13 rounds to reach a possible 13 different combinations, of which all are listed to see within the app. If you’re familiar with Yahtzee, you’ll be more than familiar with this, but there are added upgrades in this digital version of the game, with the ability to play against three of your friends side-by-side or to connect to Google Play Games and play alongside those all over the internet. It’s a nice and simple way to play Yahtzee wherever and whenever without the complicated rules or the need to carry your own dice – but how much fun can it really be?

How it Works: You’ll need to download Yatzy from the Play Store before you can get started, but it’s a pretty simple process. Then, you’ll want to connect your Google Play Games account if you have one, this will allow you to play online and see your Google+ friends’ scores alongside your own.

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Once you’ve given it access to your Google Play Games account, you can go ahead and choose which game mode you’d like to play.

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You can name your players offline and pass the device back and forth or you can just play on your own, which is a nice way to pass a commute in peace.

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One neat feature of Yatzy is the ability to use it in landscape, which makes things feel more natural on a tablet. In order to roll, all you need to do is predict which sort of roll you want to hit, like an Ace or Three of a Kind.

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If you want to increase your chances, then you go ahead and hold certain dice, excluding them from your next roll.

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if you hit a straight, or get a similar sort of roll, the game will let you know about it, which is a nice touch for sure.

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Overall, this feels like a great game for Yahtzee fans and it certainly feels like that, and it’s well worth exploring further if you want to play Yahtzee no matter where you are.

Opinion: I’m not the biggest Yahtzee player in the world, but that’s because I rarely have a chance to play it. My friends and family are all into different board games and so, classics like Yahtzee are often forgotten. Which is why i’m pleased to announce that Yatzy is really accessible, players of all ages will be able to have fun with the game and it’s an excellent companion on that boring commute to and from the office, especially if you have a long bus or train ride away of you. Overall, the game feels nice, it runs smoothly and while it is a little basic, the developer has focused on what matters; it plays like Yahtzee should and there’s a good online element to the game as well.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – The game runs nice and smoothly, and is great for quick sessions as well as longer ones.
  • Features (4/5) – No doubt, this is definitely Yahtzee, but you can play online against others and there’s no need to play alone if you don’t want to.
  • Theme (4/5) – It’s fairly basic here, but it’s certainly not boring looking and there’s nothing too flashy that gets in the way of the gameplay, which is all that matters.
  • Overall (4/5) – A great choice for Yahtzee players, Yatzy is also an accessible game that has a nice social aspect to it, negating the need for players to spend time on their own perfecting their rolls.

Pros

  • Works well on smartphones as well as tablets.
  • Great for die-hard Yahtzee players as well as those just looking for something new.
  • Excellent game to keep yourself sane on the commute to and from work.
  • Integration of Google Play Games is done very well here, with a real sense that you’re never playing on your own.

Cons

  • Interface can feel a little basic at times, but it does let the game of Yahtzee shine on its own.
  • Interactive tutorial for those new to Yahtzee would be a nice addition.

Conclusion: Yatzy is one of those strange games that manages to make more use of Google Play Games than we expect, it’s a small token on the face of it, but being able to challenge others online as well as quietly see how your Google+ friends stack up against your own scores is a real nice touch and one that definitely helps you feel less like you’re playing alone. For Yahtzee fans, this is a nce digital version of the game and one that stays true to form and for new players, it’s fairly accessible and should appeal to board game fans no matter where they are.

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