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 - 1-10
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 - 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".
Two Bridges Dice Game
Two Bridges is a Shut the Box-style game in which players race to "build" their bridge and then roll all their coins across the bridge (down the groove) and into their cup. Players take turns rolling the dice and standing up the bridge block that corresponds to the sum of t he dice roll. Roll a 7 and choose any of your bridge blocks to stand up. Roll a double and stand up one of your bridge blocks that corresponds to the total of the dice roll, or you may lay down the bridge block of your opponent that corresponds to the roll. The first player to roll all their coins into their cup is the winner of Two Bridges!
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!