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Genre: Fun :: Players: 3+ :: Released: 08/7/07

Kniffel Review

Publisher: Twistbox :: Developer: Schmidt


Game Features


Easy to pick up


One game mode

Save Option
Bus/Tube Friendly
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Review Details
Handset Sony-Ericsson K800i
Time Played 2 hours

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 10/7/07

Does God play poker?

Two of my favourite things are dice (backgammon really) and poker. Kniffel (the German version of Yahtzee) is the perfect combination of both. YahtzeeTM has already been developed as a mobile game so rather than bringing out Yahtzee 2, Twsitbox have opted for a new name.

Those familiar with long coach journeys with nothing but 5 dice and a pencil will probably know all about Kniffel but here's a quick summary. The aim is to create high scoring dice combinations along the lines of poker. These include full house, four of a kind, etc. There are 13 different combinations and you've got 13 rounds to try and score the perfect game. Similar to poker, in each round you can discard dice and roll again.

Kniffel is more tactical than it sounds. There are a few more subtle rules and the details of the scoring to consider. The in-game help is very good and definitely should be read if you are new to Kniffel/Yahtzee.

An on-screen cursor is all you need and this works pretty well although it does have a sluggish response time. The graphics and overall layout of the game is good with some nice animation for the spinning dice. All in all this is a well put together package which, as a total novice, I was able to pick up quickly and found it very addictive.

The game can be played against the computer, friends or even solo. To be honest, there's not much point in playing against a computer opponent for a game that is essentially concerned with how lucky you are. There is only the one match mode and although there isn't a great deal of scope to expand the game, some kind of tournament structure would have helped the game variation.