Go Nuts! Review
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Players: 2-4 (ages 8+)
Playing Time: approximately 12 minutes

With its crazy dice and its frantic, fast-paced play, Go Nuts! is a nutty game that’s sure to have the whole family giggling in a matter of minutes.

The object of the game is simple: to roll dice and accumulate points. The main game play requires five dice with pictures of cars, squirrels, and acorns. When it’s your turn, you roll all five squirrel dice. After rolling, you add up the number of acorns showing—those are worth one point each. Any dice with cars showing are removed from play, and any with squirrels showing are kept in play. You can then choose to keep your points and end your turn or to roll again, using the remaining dice. If you choose to continue, you can earn more points—but there are also a number of ways that you could end up losing them all.

For instance, if you roll all squirrels, you then call out, “Go nuts!” You lose the points you’d accumulated on your turn, and you begin rolling the dice as fast as you can and adding up acorns as you roll. Meanwhile, your opponents begin rolling their “dog dice.” Each player has his or her own dog die—a die on which five sides have pictures of houses and one side has a picture of a dog—and when you call “Go nuts!” everyone begins rolling. When they roll a dog, they call out, “Woof! Woof! Woof!” And when all of your opponents have rolled dogs, you stop rolling and add the number of acorns to your score. Play then moves on to the next player.

Play continues until someone reaches 50 points and wins the game.

At first, Go Nuts! seems a bit complex. There are a whole bunch of rules and exceptions—and it takes a while to figure them all out. Once you do, though, you’ll find that Go Nuts! is actually a quick and easy—and completely silly—game. Kids will love the goofy pictures on the dice, as well as the game’s fast pace—and it’s so quick to play that it’ll be over long before they start to lose interest. In addition to being fun to play, though, Go Nuts! will also help kids with basic addition and encourage strategic thinking.

But this crazy, high-energy game isn’t just for kids. Grown-ups will enjoy playing along, too—and since it relies on a whole lot of luck and just a little bit of strategy, players of all ages will be pretty evenly matched.

Go Nuts! is one wild and crazy dice game—and since it requires only a few dice and a little bit of space, it’s just the thing to bring along on your next family vacation.

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