How to Play Shut the Box
The game box is an oblong tray with a sequential display of numbers 1 to 9 printed on flappers along one side. Flipping the flappers down hides the numbers.
The game starts with all numbers visible. The first player rolls two dice into the tray of the box. He or she then flips any combination of numbers that add up to the total rolled on the dice.
For example, if a player rolled a 6 and a 4 on the dice, any of the following number combinations that could be hidden:
- 7 and 3
- 5 and 4 and 1
- 4 and 3 and 2 and 1
Once hidden, a number cannot be reused.
The player continues rolling until he or she hides all the numbers (shuts the box) or gets stuck by rolling a number that he or she cannot use. The numbers left exposed are added together, and this becomes the player's score for the round (low score wins). Unless the player has shut the box, his score is recorded, and play now passes to the next player.
If a player shuts the box, the game is over immediately and he collects double the stakes from all other players.