Shut The Box Game Rules

The objective of Shut the Box is to create every possible number, based on the dice your roll. The game is traditionally played with a box with the numbers 1 to 9 on tiles that can be flipped to hide the value. Equally, the game can be played with a piece of paper – by writing the values 1 to 9 at the top and crossing them out or placing a coin over the achieved numbers. This game requires two dice.

The first player will roll the dice, then flip one or more of the numbered tiles – based on what adds up to their rolled value. For example, if the dice are rolled to display the number 9, the following tile combinations can be flipped; 1, 2 & 6 – 1, 3 & 5 – 1 & 8 – 2, 3 & 4 – 2 & 7 – 3 & 6 – 4 & 5.

Tiles that have been flipped, will remain flipped throughout the entire players turn.

The player will continue to roll until tiles equalling the number rolled can no longer be flipped. At this point, the players turn has concluded. The numbers remaining, will be added together and will become the player’s score. The tiles are flipped back, ready for the next player’s turn.

If a player successfully flips over all the tiles, the box is considered shut and the player immediately wins. If no player shuts the box, the player with the lowest score wins.

Optional Rules/Variations:

  • If no tile higher than the number 6 remains, players can choose to roll either one or two dice.
  • Limit the number of tiles that can be flipped to 2 tiles per roll.
  • Play several rounds which a score limit. For example, 100 – first player to reach a total score of 100, loses.
  • The numbers of the unflipped tiles at the end of the turn are read in sequence from left to right, to become the player’s score. For example if the tiles 1, 7 and 9 are yet to be flipped, the score would be 179 points.
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