Tenzi is a dice game that comes with four sets of dice, ten of each color. The object of the basic Tenzi game is to be the first player to get all ten of your dice to show the same number.
Each player chooses a set of dice, holds them in their hands, and rolls all of them when someone says GO. You look at your dice, decide which number you have most of, and continue to roll the dice that do not show the number until they do. The first player who has all his dice showing the same number wins.
The beauty of Tenzi is the simplicity. My four and even two year old understood the rules right away and we got to play. It is a very fast game and only takes a few minutes to play one round; which makes it the perfect choice if you don’t want to set up a whole board game. For the early years, it’s a great way to reinforce numbers and patterns. There are a lot of other options to play. We mainly play the version where everybody tries to get the same number and the option where you have to not only get that number but also build a tower with your dice, which definitely adds additional fun. The makers also suggest to split your numbers half and half (e.g. five dice needs to be a one and five dice need to be a six) or to use twenty dice when you only have two players.
We have a 2-year old and the game just doesn’t work for her. I’m thinking that 3 might be the minimum age. (The makers suggest that it is appropriate for 2 years and up).Plus, there’s the whole “small object/choking” issue that might be relevant with a 2-year old.
Overall, a fun and simple game that gives you a lot of flexibility.
Reviewed by HEM reader Franziska Macur