Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product from Timberdoodle in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.
Four words can describe my very first product review from Timberdoodle:
Simple. Fast. Versatile. Fun.
What is Tenzi?
It all started with two colleagues, a bag of dice and the simple goal, “Let’s come up with a dice game.” After a very short time, the fast-paced dice game, Tenzi was born. Tenzi is quick, easy to learn, and suitable for ages 7 to 97 – although I might would stretch that even more!
- Simple. The game play is so easy, you will be shouting “Tenzi” in no time! The object is to be the fist player to get all ten of your dice to show the same number. Designed for 2-4 players, each player holds ten of the same color dice in their hands. Everyone rolls at the same time and decides which number you are going for. You simply choose that number based on how many like dice you have on the first roll. Set those aside and quickly roll the remaining dice again as fast as you can in that same manner until all ten of your dice show the same number. The first player to get all ten of their dice to match and shouts “Tenzi!” is the winner.
- Fast. Tenzi is not only fast to learn, but fast to play. After that first roll, you don’t even have to wait your turn for the remainder of the game! Be fast, or be last in this game!
- Versatile. There are so many ways to play Tenzi, no two games are ever the same. Included in the instructions are variations such as Tenzi Tower, Splitzi, Timed Tenzi, and more. I was fast at getting all ten dice to match, but in Tenzi Tower, the dice must be stacked before you can shout Tenzi! My family beat me every time on this one! A separate card deck, 77 Ways to Play Tenzi can be purchased and adds many more elements of fun to the game. Included in the card pack are score-keeping games, non-speed games, pattern games, and more.
- Fun. I really like the no prep fun that can be had with this game. With so many ways to play, the ideas are endless as to what you can do with just 10 dice. I also like that Tenzi has a way to make learning fun. From number recognition, making patterns, to adding dice to make sums, there is something to gain for elementary through high school students (and beyond). Timberdoodle has even included Tenzi in their second grade curriculum kit.
What did we think of TENZI?
Absolutely a 5-star game, or should I say 10-star? Tenzi can be played as a quick after dinner game, family game night, as well as a way to incorporate “sneaky learning” anytime. I can see playing with my two teens as a fun “brain break” during our homeschool day. You can also take Tenzi on the go. Grab a couple of friends and be worry free about multiple pieces to keep up with, or anything blowing away outside. I love that such a simple idea can provide endless possibilities and smiles!