It’s not often a new game can be described in just 20 words, but TENZI can: Each player gets 10 dice. The first player who rolls all 10 on the same number and yells “TENZI” wins.
That’s the gist of the fast-paced game created by Steve Mark and Kevin Carrolle. The two friends and former colleagues got lucky when they found Celeste, an open-minded toy store owner who gave them a chance to sell their first TENZI games. Ever since, it’s easy to see why the game caught on. TENZI is simple, yet competitive. You get a rush of energy as you roll the dice and then keep tossing the ones that don’t match until all 10 display your chosen digit.
You can play by the original rules or opt for one of the many variations, such as Stealzi, which involves stealing other players’ dice. It’s frantic fun for all ages—and there’s no screen, battery, or mouse required.