The best Yahtzee-like games 🎲 2021

Looking for a new Yahtzee challenge 🎲? We have picked out and compared the best board games similar to Yahtzee.

What is Yahtzee anyway?

Yahtzee is one of the first roll-and-write dice games.

In this list you will find games, expansions, promos, etc. that are either directly based on the traditional, public domain dice game "Yacht", including its variants, offshoots and descendants. The most popular representative is "Yahtzee" - known in Germany as "Kniffel". In addition, we have added games strongly inspired by Yahtzee to the list - especially in the last few years some very innovative interpratations of Yahtzee have been created.

Yacht - the forefather of Kniffel/Yahtzee

In the 1920s, some card players were looking for a game they could play on their yacht. They tried dice, but found the existing dice games unsatisfactory. So they invented a game based on poker hands but using dice. They named the game Yacht, after the place where it was first played.

How does Yahtzee work?

The object of the game is to score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a round to try to form one of the thirteen possible scoring combinations. A game of Yahtzee consists of thirteen rounds in which the player chooses which scoring combination to use in that round. Once a combination has been used in the game, it cannot be used again.

The scoring combinations have different point values, some of which are fixed values and some of which have the cumulative value of the dice. A "Yahtzee" is five of the same dice and has the highest point value of the game of 50 (though multiple "Yahtzee" in the same game are sometimes allowed - and sometimes not - depending on the rule)."

List of the best Yahtzee-like games 2021 🎲

Over the years, many variations on the Yacht game principle have been created and published. We have listed the best Yahtzee-like games here:

This list was last updated on November 27, 2021. We compared 34 board games for this list and selected the top 27. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. That's Pretty Clever!

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    More details for That's Pretty Clever!
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. Qwixx

    All details for the board game Qwixx and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2013

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Encore!

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Encore!

    • YouTube Review for the game "Encore!" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  4. Qwinto

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. King of the Dice

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  6. Twenty One

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Twenty One

    • YouTube Review for the game "Twenty One" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  7. Sushizock im Gockelwok

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!47€ atAmazon.de
  8. Criss Cross

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Criss Cross

    • YouTube Review for the game "Criss Cross" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. Piraten kapern

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!7€ atAmazon.de
  10. Zooloretto: The Dice Game

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2012

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Yahtzee Free for All

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  12. Battle Yahtzee: Deadpool

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    • 1 - 99 Players
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. Ancient Terrible Things

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Super Farmer

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  15. Karten Kniffel

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Monopoly Express

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  17. Battle Yahtzee: Alien vs. Predator

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. Showdown Yahtzee

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Yahtzee Steal the Deal

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Square Shooters

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. Yahtzee

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    🔥 Deal: 7% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

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    • 2 - 10 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    🔥 Great price!13€ atAmazon.de
  22. Yahtzee Hands Down Card Game

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. Triple Yahtzee

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    • 1 - 10 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Power Yahtzee

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  25. Yahtzee Jr.

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  26. Word Yahtzee

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. Animal Yahtzee

    All details for the board game Animal Yahtzee and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable

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