Shopping for used games at thrift stores and yard sales is a ton of fun. Almost as much fun as actually playing the games. Many times we’ve passed on a game at a good price because it was missing a piece or two, and that piece is usually the dice. When we spotted Sharp Shooters on the shelf of our local Goodwill and noticed it was supposed to have 32 dice, we knew we might be in trouble. It went into our basket anyhow because for the price ($2.38) we could always use the dice in other games. Fortunately for us the game was complete!
Manufactured by Milton Bradley, Sharp Shooters is a fun western-themed Yahtzee-to-the-next-level game that is a combination of luck and strategy. Each player receives an equal number of dice and take turns rolling them into the provided tray.
Each turn you roll a maximum of five dice and then use those results to place them on the shared game card trying to complete tasks such as “fours”, “straight”, “full house”, etc. As long as you get one die that can be placed on the card you continue to roll until you are either out of dice for that round or you can’t play a valid number. Each completed task is awarded with “poker chips” determined by the complexity of the task. Some tasks are penalties that result in you returning chips to the bank; but if you roll those numbers you MUST play on them. That’s where the strategy lies – you can stop rolling early to force your opponent to roll in hopes they’ll roll a bad number.
Once a card is filled, you start the next round with a different card (12 two-sided cards included) and continue for a total of five rounds. The winner is the player with the most chips at the end of the game.
Unfortunately this game was manufactured in 1994 and is no longer in print. Fortunately there are quite a few available online for well under $20. If you see one at your local thrift shop for a couple bucks, take a chance and pick it up for yourself! You can always use the extra dice!