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Shut the Box




Shut the Box 


You know how they say: "may the odds ever be in your favor," in the Hunger Games? You also know how the odds are actually never in your favor in the Hunger Games? That phrase came up while I was playing Shut the Box on the Wii U. This is an interesting game of chance mixed with some strategy.

I am not really clear on what box we are shutting in Shut the Box on the Wii U. This downloadable home console video game did not exactly explain that to me. In fact the name of this game, and what we do are not connected. At least in no fashion I can figure out.

Shut the Box has three rows of tiles. On these tiles are the numbers one through nine. They are offset in one of the rows so clearing a seven does not always open up another seven. In one rows case it opens up a three. How do you clear tiles in Shut the Box? I am so glad you asked. By rolling dice.

This is where Shut the Box becomes completely random. Although at times I questioned the randomizer. Like when I got all the way down to one tile. I had a one in six chance of getting the right number. I never got the right number. I have never been able to beat Shut the Box. It has an aversion to giving me the right number at the end.

That is if you can make it to the end. The key to getting down to the last row in Shut the Box is two fold. Get the higher numbers out first, and always have a good mix of numbers on the board. Failing to do so will result in a ten second pause, and then the game asks if you want to play again. My max score is a 132 out of a possible 135.

Shut the Box is a very interesting idea for a game. It can be extremely addicting. I wish there was some way to grind my way to victory. Like give me coins for each time I play it, and then let me use them for some power ups. Like being able to pick the dice outcome when I am down to one tile. Or maybe multiple dice throw attempts at the end.
- Paul


Graphics: 50%
Sound: 75%
Replay/Extras: 65%
Gameplay: 65%
Family Friendly Factor: 60%

System: Wii U
Publisher: RCMADIAX
Developer: RCMADIAX
Rating: ‘E' - for Everyone SIX and OLDER ONLY
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