Cuatro (aka Castro)
|Designer||Jürgen P. Grunau|
|Suggested Age||8 and up|
|Honors||2014 Kinderspielexperten "8-to-13-year-olds" Nominee|
A mix of two games: yahtzee and 4-in-a-row.
Player rolls 5 dice to make a set from one of six categories: pair of a kind, three of a kind, 4 of a kind, full house, straight and poker. She or he may reroll any or all of the dice up to five times. There is also a board with spaces marked with aforementioned six categories and four sets of pagoda roofs, 15 pieces per player. Result of dice roll specifies where player’s roof could be placed. As soon as the player puts four pagodas in a row (either horizontally, vertically or diagonally), she or he wins the game.
The trick is the player can place his pagodas on already occupied spaces, on the top of other players’ pieces, if she or he achieved necessary result in number of rolls less or equal to five minus number of pagodas (for example, if there are two pagodas on space designated to three of a kind, the player must achieve this result in no more than three dice throws).