Shut the Box, also known as "Tric-Trac, "Canoga", or "Batten Down The Hatches" is a dice game of for one or more players, usually played by two, three, or four players. Historically, Shut the Box was often played as a gambling game in olde world pubs, where each player put an equal amount into the pot (or pool) and the winner took all. However, gambling isn't necessary to enjoy the game, and indeed, Shut the Box is a popular game for teaching children their numbers.
The game uses a box with hinged tiles numbered 1 to 9 (or sometimes 1-10 or 1-12). The box is used as both game board and scoring device, and also serves as a container for easy and convenient storage.
To learn how to play the game, refer to our comprehensive Shut The Box Rules page.
Shut The Box Games
- Double Shutter: Shut the Super Box
Tactical choices, a little luck, and a lot of family fun all come with Double Shutter! Roll two dice, add the dots and find the best combination of numbers to shut two rows of nine tiles. Very few can shut all the tiles and close the super box. This version of Shut the Box is layered, adding another level of decision making, and shutting all the tiles in the "Super Box" earns you extra points. When no more tiles can be shut, the player with the lowest remaining tile wins the round.
- Shut The Box - 1-9 Solid Wood
Shut the Box from Schylling is a favorite dice game of sailors and fisherman. Simply roll the dice and lay down any combination of tiles that match your roll. Keep rolling until you can't match your roll on the remaining tiles. Lowest score wins and if you've laid down all the tiles - you've Shut The Box! For ages 8 years and above.
- Shut The Box - 1-10
Played for centuries as a pub gambling game, this classic can now be a favorite in your home. Roll the die and flip the tiles to equal the dice roll. If you roll a 7 flip up a 7, or a 5 and a 2, or a 4, a 2, and a 1. Adults can play pub-style for the pot, or help the younger one's learn basic counting skills. This classic is also great as a solitaire game or played with the whole family. This quality, all-wood game includes box with flip tiles, 2 dice, and instructions for three versions of play.
- Shut The Box - Bookshelf Edition
Featuring hand painted wood and a magnetic cover that seals the game pieces inside, this high-quality bookshelf game makes a striking addition to your home or office. A favorite of sailors and fishermen for centuries, Shut the Box has also been played for years in the merry olde pubs of England. Roll the wooden dice and lay down any combinations of wooden tiles that match your roll. Keep rolling until you can't match your roll on the remaining tiles. Low score wins -- lay down all the tiles and you've "Shut the Box". From the "Games of the World Collection", this version stores neatly in your bookshelf or makes a lovely coffee table display.
- Shut The Box - Old Century Edition
This premium Old Century Edition of Shut the Box features authentic wood tiles and dice that add to it's old century charm! Roll the dice and lay down any combination of tiles that match your roll. Keep rolling until you can't match your roll on the remaining tiles. Whoever has the lowest score wins, and once all tiles are down you've Shut the Box! This classic Coffee Table Game is equally fun for those just learning to count, and for those interested in mathematical probabilities. Classic wood and engraved tiles make Shut-The-Box ideal for coffee table gaming year round.
- Shut The Box - Past-Tyme Classics
Crafted with care given a cherished heirloom and painstakingly hand-sanded and hand-stained to create a vintage look, this Past-Tyme Classic wooden Shut the Box game has a clear plastic, latching lid, and prevents the dice from getting lost by storing them in a top-grain suede pouch. The Past-Tyme Classics Shut the Box game measures approximately 10 1/2" x 8" x 2 1/2".
- Shut The Box - Double-Player Edition
Shut the Box, the classic box and dice game, is now available in a sturdy wooden double-player edition! Players compete by throwing their dice and covering the corresponding numbers (either the number itself or combinations of numbers adding up to the roll). The player with the lowest score of open numbers wins! Comes with four six-sided dice. Box measures approximately 13" by 9 1/2" by 1 3/4".
- Flippin' Out!
Played like the Classic SHUT THE BOX Dice Game... but with LETTERS! Say the category is Boy's Names. You say Mike before the 15 second timer runs out, and flip the letter M down so it cannot be used again (by either player or team). Your opponent says Brian and flips the B down. Teams or players race back and forth in 15 second increments as they eliminate the available letters until someone can't answer. It's high energy, fast-flippin fun!