Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review - TENZI & TENZI Party Pack

5 TENZI Tubes, each supports 2-4 players

Players: 2 - 4/6, add more players by adding more sets.  Unlimited players are possible.
Playing Time: Less than 5 Minutes
Age: 8+
Suggested Retail: $14.99 for TENZI, $22.95 for TENZI Party Pack

Everyone gets ten dice of one color. Someone says ”Go.”  Then everyone rolls and rolls as fast as they can until someone gets all their dice on the same number. Sure, there are a few more rules, but you get the idea!

The basic version of TENZI comes with 40 dice, in 4 different, random colors, enough for 2-4 players to play.  Add additional copies of TENZI to add any number of players.  This version comes in a long, skinny tube.  This is the version shown above.

The TENZI Party Pack comes with 60 dice, in 6 different, random colors, enough for 2-6 players to play.  The TENZI Party Pack comes in a plastic, hinged case.

You can mix-and-match TENZI and TENZI Party Packs in any combination.  You can even duplicate dice colors, just don't sit right next to each other so your dice don't get mixed up.

The Goal:

Be the first player to get all ten of your dice to show the same number.

The Setup:

Each player gets a set of 10 dice of the same color.

The Play:

Each player chooses a set of dice. Players hold all ten dice in their hands. Someone says “Go” and everyone rolls at the same time. Quickly look at your roll and decide which number you are going to go for. (For example, if you have more 3’s than any other number, that’s what you want to go for.) Put all your dice with that number aside, collect the remaining dice and quickly roll again. (You do not have to wait for others to roll again. Everyone rolls together only on the first roll.) Keep rolling until all ten of your dice show the same number.

This is how you play the basic game, the rules come with several other ways to play and there is an add on item "77 Ways to play TENZI" which has cards that describe 77 new and different ways to play TENZI.

Game End:

The first player to get all ten of their dice to match (ten 3’s, for example) shouts out “TENZI” and wins the game!


I'll admit, when I first heard of TENZI, I was sure it would be a play once or twice and then forget about it game.  I was very wrong!

TENZI is a really fun and addictive game!  I have played with several different groups with players of all ages and one game is never enough.  Most players are not what I would consider as "hardcore".

Each game lasted for about 1 or 2 minutes.  When the winner shouted "TENZI!" the other players are all close enough that they want to try again.

Of course, TENZI will never go down as a deep game.  It is definitely a total luck game.  However, it is fast and it is a great filler and we usually play several rounds when it is brought out.

Overall, I give TENZI 7 out of 10...mainly because of the luck factor, but the speed and addictive play makes it an easy game to add, especially for non-hardcore gamers.

Here is a short video that the folks at TENZI put together to show how to play:

You can buy TENZI and TENZI Party Pack in our eBay store ( or by contacting us directly.  You can also buy TENZI on Amazon.

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  1. Hi Howling Fun

    As one of the creators of TENZI, I want to thank you for the great review. The gang at Carma Games appreciates it very much.

    The only point I disagree with is that TENZI is "a total luck game." While there is lots of luck involved, you need plenty of skill, too: Players must immediately spot the number they are going for, they need great eye-hand coordination, and they need QUICK hands. I've played dozens of games with my teenagers and they beat me 80% of the time because they are so darn fast. (I call my daughter "Squirrel Hands")

    Again, thanks for the positive comments!

    Have a dice day.

    Kevin Carroll

    1. Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for your comments! I guess I was trying to say TENZI is more luck-based than strategy-based. You are correct that eye-hand coordination and speed are definite factors in who ends up winning the game.

      We appreciate the feedback! Thanks for making a great game!