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Yahtzee Manual Cover
Yahtzee Manual (Front Cover) [1] [2]
Publisher(s) Milton Bradley
Original Retail Price $24.95 (USD)
Programmer(s) Elaine Henshon
Part# MB 4967 & PHM 3039
Format(s) Solid State SoftwareTM Command Module
Release 1979 (3rd Quarter)
Genre(s) Chance, Strategy

Yahtzee is a video game version of the popular strategy dice game of the same name, created by Milton Bradley for the TI-99/4 and TI-99/4A home computer systems. It was part of Milton Bradley's Gamevision series that was scheduled to release at the same time Texas Instruments released the TI-99/4. The Gamevision version of the game was released during the 3rd quarter of 1979 under part number MB 4967 and retailing for $24.95 (USD). Texas Instruments later re-released Yahtzee on its own during the 2nd quarter of 1980 with the part number PHM 3039, retailing at $29.95 (USD). Yahtzee was programmed by Elaine Henshon, and was released on Solid State SoftwareTM Command Module cartridge.


Yahtzee for the TI-99 home computer system shares similarities with the regular dice-based game of Yahtzee with some unique differences. When the game begins, the option is presented to play either a one or two-player game. In one-player mode, the player plays against the computer. Two-player mode allows for two people to play against each other. A unique option that the TI-99 version offers at the beginning of either one or two-player modes is to play regular mode, where each player rolls their first roll as normal, or challenge mode, where each player starts off with the same 5 dice on the first roll. After each roll of the dice, the player selects which dice to keep, and rolls the remaining dice. Each player or the computer player takes up to three rolls of the dice and selects which space on the scorecard to place the points. At the end of each game, the player or computer player with the highest point total wins.

Advertising Blurbs

Front Cover of Manual

Lets you play this popular game of chance while the computer rolls the dice and keeps score for you. You concentrate on strategy!

Back Cover of Manual

You roll a two, a three, a four, and two fives. Do you try for your fives or go for a large straight? With the Yahtzee Command Module, the computer randomizes each roll fo the dice, and you indicate which dice, if any, you want to keep. After a maximum of three rolls, you enter your points on the scoreboard.

Yahtzee module features let you

  • Play against a friend or the computer.
  • Choose either regular or Challenge Yahtzee.
  • Determine game strategy, while the computer rolls the dice and keeps score for you.

Triton Catalog - Fall 1984

An exciting dice game that devilishly combines strategy with chance for hours of fun and frustration. Players build points by rolling certain number combinations.




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