By Blue Orange Games

Reviewed for Fifth Grade, 2010

Proof that big things sometimes come in small packages, this petite game has all the play value of the original, but it's small enough to fit in a Christmas stocking. Players roll the five dice a maximum of three times per turn, aiming for a flush, a straight, a full house, or another combination, each of which is worth a different level of points. Should you stick with a safe combo in a first or second roll, or risk it all for something better? The choice is yours, and players hone arithmetic and strategy skills, as they play with probability. It's a race to gather limited chips and line up bonuses before your opponents beat you to it. But any way you slice it, Yam Slam is a grand slam! (Blue Orange Games, $7.69)