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Number Please! is a collection of seven different fast-paced math games that can be played by a group of any size, with the games being adjustable for players of differing ages and skill levels.
Roll the colored dice, then use them to form an equation which equals the black target die. It's that simple! Or is it?
Players: 1 or more
Time: 15 minutes
Ages: 6 and up
Weight: 115 grams
Average Rating: 3.5 in 1 review
Number Please! is a similar concept to 1963's Krypto, and also bears some kinship to a dice game that's proven very successful in educational circles, Math Dice. While its potential for use in the classroom and other learning environments will mean that it's primarily of interest to educators and teachers, there are 7 different math-type games that you can play with the components, so it could also appeal to those who enjoy games with a strong mathy flavour or enjoy the challenge of playing with numbers.
The basic concept is that several dice with numbers on them are rolled, and players then compete to find a valid mathematical formula for them within a time limit. This particular version features chunky and colourful wooden dice with custom values, and comes with two variations of the main `math formula' concept (Three at Once and Mellow Yellow). Rules for four other math games (38 Special, High Roller, Nine Patch, and Five Square) that can be played with the same dice are also included.
Number Please! is definitely a `game' product for math fans, with a target market in education circles, because for most people this wouldn't meet their definition of fun. But as an alternative to some dry theory in high school, it might just help make math more enjoyable, or prove to be a fun solitaire activity to sharpen your mental math skills. Not all the included games are as good as one other, but if you are looking to get some numerical exercise, or just enjoy some recreational mental arithmetic, Number Please might be the ticket!