This popular dice game is one that the entire family can play together. It is suitable for ages eight and up and it takes at least two people to play, but you can invite more players for fun. The pieces in the box include a dice cup, six dice, and a score pad.
To play the game, each player takes a turn rolling the dice. If a player rolls a 1 or 5, three of the same number, three pairs, or a straight with all six dice, then they earn points. The player needs to select one of the scoring dice and then decide whether to add up all the points they’ve earned or roll the remaining five dice.
Each time a player rolls, they can earn points, but points cannot be added together in different rolls. If a player does not collect any points when they roll, then they get a Farkle. If a player gets three Farkles in a row, then they lose 1,000 points.
The points include rolling a one for 100 points if the player banks it and a five earns 50 points. For three of a kind rolls: ones earn 1,000 points, twos are 200 pts., threes are 300 pts., fours are 400 pts., fives earn 500 pts., and sixes are 600 pts.
Three pairs earn a player 500 points, and a six-dice straight earns 1,000 points. The last round starts when a player has 10,000 or more points, and the highest number of points after that round wins.