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Tenzi Two Player Review

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Before everybody goes to the comments section to say this isn’t a game worth reviewing, not everybody always needs to or wants to be playing super complex strategy games every waking moment.  Even a game like Tenzi might have its place on some board game shelves.

Tenzi Game Review

4.5 out of 10

Is it Good For Two Players? : Fun, but better with more players

Tenzi is a great game to play with non-gamers or when you and your gaming partners need a break from super strategic board games.  It is just a fast-paced dice-chucking game based entirely on luck and how quick you are. Good mindless fun but don’t expect it to hold your attention for hours. Great game to play with young kids.

Theme: 0/10
Replayability: 3/10
Components: 5/10
Conflict: 3/10
Fun: 6/10

Husband’s Rating
4 out of 10
Wife’s Rating
5 out of 10

Pros

Quick and easy to play

Lots of Dice Chucking

Fun for kids and non-gamers

Cons

Can get boring quickly

Entirely based on luck and speed

More of an activity than a game

Gameplay Experience:

Tenzi is a game that ended up in our possession as a gift before we had gotten into the hobby.  We have the party pack and the 77 ways to play Tenzi which in our honest opinion is a necessity.  Without the 77 ways to play expansion, we would agree with most that there isn’t much of a game here.

Tenzi Components
Tenzi Party Pack

Using only the 5 rule variations in the standard edition, it isn’t long before chucking dice and yelling Tenzi becomes quite boring.  As long as you have the extra 77 ways to play though, this game can be great for a couple of minutes of fast fun.  

It’s definitely not the most strategic or deep game in the world, but for some mindless dice chucking, it can still be quite enjoyable at times.

How To Play Tenzi:

In the standard version of Tenzi, each player starts with 10 dice.  On the count of three, players continuously roll and match their dice in an attempt to get 10 of a kind and the first player to do so yells Tenzi and wins the round.  

Different Ways to Play Tenzi

There are five other variations to play in the base game:

  • Tenzi Tower: Players still try to achieve ten of a kind, but must also stack their dice in a single tower.
  • Splitzi: Player attempt to try and get two five of a kind’s with their ten dice in this mode
  • Team Tenzi: Teams of two players have to roll 20 of a kind with their combined set of dice. 
  • Target Tenzi: Players will call which number they are going for before trying to get 10 of a kind.
  • Stealzi: In this mode, you may steal another player’s dice and exchange yours if you notice they roll the number you are going for.

It’s easy to see that these 5 variations can get stale quite quickly which is why we think the extra 77 Ways to Play expansion is essential if you’re even considering adding this to your collection or gifting it to someone else.

The 77 Ways to play adds three different types of rules that players can make their way through, regular, pattern, and non-speed.  The regular cards follow similar rule variations to the original.  Pattern rules just show different dice variations that players must accomplish.  The non-speed cards have players taking turns rolling to accomplish a goal first.

Conclusion:

Tenzi is a great game to play with non-gamers or when you and your gaming partners need a break from super strategic board games.  It is just a fast-paced dice-chucking game based entirely on luck and how quick you are.  

Everybody should have a few mindless and fun games on their shelves and this is a great option depending on the type of people you are playing with. If you are open-minded it can be a lot of fun, at least for a few rounds. You can increase the replayability a bit more with the 77 extra ways.

Some might consider Tenzi more of an activity than a game but it might still be worth the addition to some collections, especially if you have really young, aspiring board gamers to play it with. Kids love chucking dice. It also makes for a great gift to give someone.

Is Tenzi Good For 2 Players?

Tenzi is an okay game and usually plays just as well with two players as it does with more, but some of the rules and variations don’t really work at all with this player count.  It’s not a huge deal but you may just have to skip certain ways to play.  For example, even in the base game, you will not be able to play the Teamzi variation.

This game really shines with a large group because of the chaos caused by so many people rolling dice, but there is still some fun to be had with just two players chucking dice, just not as much.

Pros

  • Quick and easy to play
  • Lots of Dice Chucking
  • Fun for kids and non-gamers

Cons

  • Can get boring quickly
  • Entirely based on luck and speed
  • More of an activity than a game

TENZI Party Pack Dice Game Bundle with 77 Ways to Play TENZI - A Fun, Fast Frenzy for The Whole Family - 6 Sets of 10 Colored Dice - Colors May Vary
TENZI Party Pack Dice Game Bundle with 77 Ways to Play TENZI - A Fun, Fast Frenzy for The Whole Family - 6 Sets of 10 Colored Dice - Colors May Vary
TENZI Party Pack Dice Game Bundle with 77 Ways to Play TENZI - A Fun, Fast Frenzy for The Whole Family - 6 Sets of 10 Colored Dice - Colors May Vary

We hope this Tenzi two player review has helped you.

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Tenzi App

There is an app version of Tenzi available for ios App Store (apple.com), but in this digital version of the game players just race against the clock to see how fast they can achieve their goal.  

It would be great if an app was created to shuffle through all the different ways to play the game and allow players to submit and share their own rules and variations they have created themselves.

Tenzi Versions and Variations

The creators of Tenzi have created a lot of different games that share some traits with the original.  Most of these games are dead simple and are intended for similar audiences.  So if you have young gaming partners or non-gamer friends these might also be worth a look.

  • Slapzi
  • Itzi
  • Snapzi
  • Pairzi
  • Buildzi
  • 99 More Buildzi

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