That’s Pretty Clever and Twice as Clever Dice Game Overview
This past fall I was on a roll (ha! foreshadowing) when I shared about several roll and write games including Lanterns Dice, Kingdomino Duel and Bloom dice games.They’re a far cry from the traditional game of Yahtzee that we grew up with. As much as I enjoy that classic, unless you’re playing Challenge Yahtzee, you spend most of your time waiting for your opponents to take their turns. Not all games are like that.
Games continue to make improvements on old classics and that’s what we see with That’s Pretty Clever and Twice as Clever dice games from Stronghold Games. Setup for both of these games is exactly the same. Open the box, give everyone a pen and worksheet then hand the dice to the first player. Place the “metal” tray in the center of the table. That’s it. That’s the entire setup. Whether you’re playing a solo round or with up to three other players, setup is that easy.
The goal of the game is to score the most points after the specified number of rounds. Solo and duel games go for six rounds. With three players, everyone gets five turns as the active player. You’ll only get four chances as the starting player.
The score sheet is broken down into six parts. You’ll be working to fill in the various sections to maximize the number of points you earn. The top grey section tracks rounds and bonuses in addition to storing dice on your turn. The yellow and blue sections are kind of a free-for-all when it comes to marking off the spaces. When it comes to the green, orange and purple sections, you work from left to right.
On your turn, you’ll roll all the dice. Based on the results, you’ll evaluate which one die is the most beneficial to you. and place it on the first box on your score sheet. Unlike other games, you don’t simply get to pick up the remaining dice and re-roll. That’s one of the things that makes this game earn it’s clever name. When you select a die, examine the remaining and take any that display less pips and place them on the silver tray. Not only will you NOT get to re-roll those, but your opponents will have access to them! So if you select a four then all dice 1, 2 and 3 dice are placed on the tray.
You’ll have three total rolls and selections, recording them on your score sheet as they are collected. While you are recording this, your opponents simultaneously decide on one die from the tray and record it on their own score sheet. (Multiple opponents can select the same die from the tray.) This keeps all players engaged when it isn’t their turn. It also makes you consider what you’re giving other players. The various colored sections score differently from each other and are triggered by the corresponding colored die. The white die is wild and can be used in any section or combined with a blue die to create one of the higher sums in the blue section. There are also bonuses and actions available that include taking an extra die, re-rolling or filling in an extra space.
Twice as Clever is generally the same game except there is different scoring grid and some different colored dice. The biggest difference is with a special silver die. When you select the silver die, you can mark the silver section for any dice that are moved to the tray as a result of selecting that die. Despite the similarities, it’s nice to have an alternate scoring method to keep things interesting. This is helpful if you have players who are resistant to trying new games. It’s similar enough to its predecessor that it’s easy to mitigate any dissent about trying a different game.
That’s Pretty Clever dice game as well as its followup, Twice As Clever, are available on Amazon. Check with your local retailer to see if they have it in stock as well. Stop by Twitter and Facebook to see what else Stronghold has rolling out. Looking for another excellent game from their product line? Read our overview of Second Chance! You’ll be able to compare the version yourself if you’re the winner of this prize package. One lucky reader will receive not just That’s Pretty Clever dice game, but also Twice As Clever! Use the form below to enter!
31 thoughts on “That’s Pretty Clever and Twice as Clever Dice Game Overview”
Definitely looks interesting
I like that it makes players think about setting up for the next move.
My family loves to play board games with my younger nieces. I like that That’s Pretty Clever is not a cutesy, girly game and would really make them think. My brother would enjoy the game too.
Ganz Schon Clever is a really great game. I am sure Twice as Clever is great too. I would love to add both games to my collection.
I like that you just get one roll of the die on your turn–seems like it would require some “clever thinking.”
I love me some dice chucking!
What a great offer. Thanks for the chance. Wishing everyone luck.
I like that all you need is a pencil and paper to start. The game is easy and is a lot like Yahtzee.
I like that its a spin on old dice games and I already love Stronghold games!
I’ve seen this game become popular and it never interested me. I couldn’t see why anyone would be this excited about a puzzle game roll and write. After reading just this one article, now i can’t wait to try it for myself!
I think it’s kind of cool you use the box as part of the game.
clever use of dice
I love the look of those colored dice with the golden pips!!
MORE THAN TWO CAN PLAY.
Have never played these but I really enjoy roll and writes.
the variety to the sheets is quite engaging and allows me to diversify, i like that.
Dice. I love dice.
The lack of theme and ability to chain actions.
I like that it is an amped up Yahtzee which makes you think out your potential next moves. Easy to introduce to friends and family with gateway Yahtzee 😉
number of players!
I need to try this!!!
I love this giveaway
The cleverness comes from the fact that it’s not enough to just pick the right dice for yourself. You have to pick the wrong dice for your opponents
GOOD GAME TO PLAY
My family loves dice games!
an alternate scoring method to keep things interesting
I like the different colored dice the most.
I like the fact you have colored dice and three rolls with the white die is wild. Sounds like fun for all family nembers.