Saturday, March 6, 2021

Do you have one go-to game you play on your phone?

Recently I had to pick up my son Jack from school. He was going to be a few minutes late in coming out, so he told me to "just park and play that little Yahtzee game on your phone."

It would be funny if he wasn't so spot on, because that's exactly what I did while waiting for him.

I'm not a big phone gamer, but I'll go through phases in which I download and playing certain games for a time. There was a cribbage game that used to command a lot of my attention, along with a solitaire app, a game where you kick a football insane distances, and good old Wordscapes.

These games have come and gone off of my phone, but the one that remains (and that I still play at least once every day) is a very entertaining version of the dice game Yahtzee.

Of note is the fact that this game actually spells it "Yatzy." Presumably, the good people at Hasbro have a trademark on the official spelling.

No matter, since it's the same game in which you continuously roll a set of five dice to score points by creating various combinations (three of a kind, four of a kind, full house, small and large straight, etc.) The most valuable hand, of course, is a Yatzy/Yahtzee, in which the same number comes up on all five dice.

For whatever reason, I never get bored of this game. My high score is in the 600s, a feat I never expect to accomplish again. Against long odds, I rolled something five Yatzy/Yahtzees. It was crazy.

I know a lot of people like to play Words with Friends, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, and a whole host of phone games that have stood the test of time. For me, though, it's all about that relatively bare-bones but oh-so-entertaining Yatzy app.

I am in fact going to play it right now.

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