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Zilch

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Follow the in-game tutorial to learn how to play or read the rules and scoring pages for a quick summary of the game.

Notes: The dice that are rolled are completely random, the CPU doesn't cheat like that. That is one my pet hates in games, rather than making a better CPU player some games just make the CPU "luckier". I can assure you that all three CPU players employ different levels of strategy and the dice are completely random every time for every player. I you get a good score, well done! I think there are awards in-game for that kind of thing :)

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Tips:
(1) If you have a choice, do not take one or two fives (unless you get a free roll out of it, or unless you can cash out with them). They're never worth it. Also, if you have to choose between three twos and a five, choose the five. This is pretty much the only time it's the better option.
(2) If you're holding only one die, roll the remaining five dice unless you have over 2850 points at stake.
(3) If you're holding two dice, roll the remaining four unless you have over 850 points at stake.
(4) If you're holding three, four, or five dice, cash out ASAP. Do not risk additional rolls.
(5) If your next Zilch would make three in a row, reduce these limits by 500 (2350 and 350)

With this strategy it is fairly easy to completely obliterate the AI at any level.

Additional Statistics:
Odds of Zilch with n dice:
6 - impossible, counts as a free roll
5 - about 1 in 12
4 - about 1 in 6
3 - about 1 in 4
2 - about 1 in 2
1 - 2 in 3 (exactly)

Expected total with n dice:
6 - about +467
5 - about +222
4 - about +137
3 - about +82
2 - about +57
1 - about +60

Simple but effective

As this is not an original game but based on a game that has already been invented, I think that one can only review the Flash adaption of it.

I loved the the 'note-pad' theme of the game; it gives it a lovely atmoshpere, because that's how you would actually play it in real life! This was it's outstanding feature in my opinion. I liked the full explanation of the rules and scoring, very clear and easy to follow. I thought the interface was nice and clean too. I've played for a few hours now and as far as I can tell it's bug free. I liked the awards, but would have been nice to have them as NG medals too.

Criticisms: I found it too easy to beat the computer, even the "Realistic" one. An extra level of difficulty would give it a bit more longevity. That damn advert that popped up every so often when I just wanted to get on with another game, but it's difficult to criticise because it has to be funded somehow. It was a small price to pay on reflection.

Overall, I thought it was nicely done. Sometime less is more!

really?

This game is good if you like like strtegy. there is almost no luck involved.

hate it

played like 3 games in a row at easy and each time the comput just beat me easy....
i know the real game of dice .. rules are little different ,but more fun ...
the last game i played against the comput .. i had 9800 points he had like 6000 points ... i decided to bank only 350 cause i knew he had no chance to beat me ... but all of a sudden he made like 5000 points ... something is wrong with the dice lol

Farkle

That's the game I always thought this was. Eh, either way, I know how my next 5 hours are gonna be spent, you crafty fuck ya.

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Score
4.27 / 5.00

Uploaded
Nov 4, 2008
10:25 PM EST
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  • Daily 4th Place November 6, 2008