Pros: The cup is the TARDIS. Cool Doctor Who version of game.
Cons: Not practical to play. Very noisy.
Doctor Who is a popular, long running British science fiction television show. Since I started to watch it on BBC America just over three years ago, I have been getting different things tied to Doctor Who. The show has gained even more popularity in the last few years in America and it seems like there are more products being released. In the spring of 2013, I picked up USAolopy Yahtzee Doctor Who Edition.
Doctor Who is a about the Doctor, a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. The Doctor travels through space and time, usually with at least one companion, in his spaceship/time machine the TARDIS - Time and Relative Dimension in Space - which is bigger on the inside. The TARDIS looks like a police box because the chameleon circuit broke November 23, 2013 was the 50th anniversary of the series.
Yahtzee is a dice game that has been around since the early 1940's, sometimes with a slightly different name. Players roll five dice in a cup to try and make one of thirteen possible combinations. For each turn, a player can take up to three rolls. Players get a yahtzee if they get five of the same number. It is possible to get more than one yahtzee per game, which gives bonus points. The winner is the player with the highest score. There have been a few different versions of the game - like one with colors instead of numbers - over the years. I had a computer version for an older computer. In the last two or three years I have seen a few different special versions of the game that are tied to a movie or characters.
USAolopy Yahtzee Doctor Who Edition follows the same rules as normal Yahtzee. The differences are with the dice cup and the dice. The dice cup is the TARDIS. It is made of hard plastic and feels solid, but it really isn’t heavy. It has a smooth finish, though it is made to look like wood. It looks like the TARDIS of the Eleventh Doctor. The top lifts off so that the dice can be put inside to shake them up. The TARDIS dice cup is larger than the dice cup from regular Yahtzee and that does make it slightly awkward to use. It is also incredibly loud when the dice are shaken in it. The noise is much louder than the noise from a regular dice cup. I think at least part of it is because the plastic that the TARDIS is made of is a different type of plastic than what the regular dice cups are made of.
The dice are a decent size without being too big or too heavy. They have Doctor Who villains on colored backgrounds to replace the numbers. The number that the villain is representing is also present on each side of the die, in the upper left corner.
Robot Mummy - 1 - Orange
The Silence - 2 Green
Weeping Angel - 3 - Sort of a beige green combination
Sontaran - 4 - Dark Blue
Cyberman - 5 - Light Blue
Dalek - 6 - Yellow
Most of the villains are probably easily recognizable to Doctor Who fans. I think the Robot Mummy is from the story Pyramids of Mars with Tom Baker.
The scorecard is a bit different for this version of the game as well. The sheets are smaller, and folded in half to fit in the box. The smaller size of the sheets could cause some difficulty for people with vision problems. There is a list of the villains, along with small pictures of each of them, in the top section of the scorecard. The TARDIS is visible in blue on the part of the sheet where the scores are recorded, almost like a watermark. Mine came with one small blue pencil. The blue is a bit lighter than TARDIS blue.
The dice scorecards, and pencil, can be stored inside the TARDIS. The small instruction booklet will also fit inside diagonally. The TARDIS could be sat out to display. I am keeping mine in the box. There is fitted plastic to keep the TARDIS in place. In a new one, the dice are displayed next to the TARDIS, held in place by plastic.
A friend and I tried to play USAolopy Yahtzee Doctor Who Edition once. After just a few turns, we ended up switching to the regular version of the game. It is just too awkward to use the TARDIS dice cup, and it is entirely too loud. All the noise - and we barely shook the dice after the first time - scared one of my cats, woke up another cat who was a bit grumpy about nap time being interrupted, and made the dogs start barking. Once we switched over to the regular version, the cat went back to sleep, the other cat came back out of hiding, and the dogs settled down.
I picked up my USAolopy Yahtzee Doctor Who Edition at the fye store in the local mall. It was selling for $19.99 there. That store has also had some of the other special versions of the game. I have also seen the game online at a few stores for a higher price. I have no idea how long this version of the game will be available. I know some of the special versions of Monopoly are no longer available unless you want to pay a small fortune, so it would be a good idea to pick this up sooner rather than later just in case if you want it.
USAolopy Yahtzee Doctor Who Edition is a cool, fun Doctor Who collectible version of the game. It just doesn’t really work well to actually play because of how awkward the larger dice cup is and how loud it is. This is really just something for Doctor Who fans to pick up as a collectible. People wanting a version of the game to actually play should stick to the normal version.
Since this is a game, and the game aspect doesn’t work as well, I have deducted a star.
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