Can't Stop*

Can't Stop is a classic dice game designed by Sid Sackson, renowned for its blend of luck, risk-taking, and tactical decision-making. It's a game that challenges players to wisely balance their boldness and caution as they aim to complete columns on the game board.

Key Features

  • Gameplay: Players roll four dice and pair them to create two totals, advancing markers in the corresponding columns on the board.
  • Luck and Strategy: The game combines elements of chance with strategic choices about which columns to advance in.
  • Column Completion: The objective is to close out three columns. Each column corresponds to a possible dice total, with the number of spaces in each column varying based on the probability of rolling that total.
  • Risk Element: Players must decide whether to end their turn and secure their progress or roll again and risk losing it.

Game Mechanics

  • Dice Rolls: Players roll four dice and use them in pairs to advance in various columns.
  • Column Progress: Players place or advance their markers in the columns corresponding to their chosen dice totals.
  • Limited Choices: Players can only advance three different columns per turn and cannot advance in a column already completed by another player.
  • End of Turn: If a player rolls and can’t legally advance, their turn ends, and progress from that turn is lost.

Unique Aspects

  • Press Your Luck: The central mechanic of the game is deciding whether to play it safe or push your luck for greater rewards.
  • Variable Column Lengths: Reflecting the odds of rolling each total with two dice, the columns have different lengths. This adds a layer of strategy in choosing which columns to pursue.
  • Accessibility: The game’s rules are straightforward, making it accessible for a wide range of players.


Can't Stop stands out as an engaging game that combines simplicity with strategic depth. It's an excellent choice for players who enjoy games where risk assessment and decision-making are key. Its appeal lies in the exciting push-your-luck element, which keeps players on the edge of their seats, pondering their next move.

Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 30 Minutes
  • 9+ years old
  • Immediately playable

We like Can't Stop so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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