Developer: iQuickie Games, Inc
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
I already know how to play Yahtzee, so I didn't think I would need any time to figure out how to play Scott Voyek's iYacht, a Yahtzee dice game. I should have started by reading the FAQ, as Scott suggests when I first launch the iYacht.
Instead, I bypass the help stuff and iYacht takes me directly to the preferences page, where I can enable shake & roll detection, bonus tracking, sound effects and auto-select last score. I want all those things working so I make sure they're all switched on.
I tap the Done button and iYacht takes me to a scoreboard with a row of two-dimensional dice across the top, spaces for scores for Aces, Twos, Threes and all the other poker-style score options.
Okay, since I haven't played the game yet, I decide to move on and tap the Info icon in the bottom left corner. That takes me back to Preferences, so I tap Done and go back.
This time I tap, the Menu button and up pops a list of buttons: New Game, Play Again, Select Player, Hall of Fame & Shame, Rules, FAQ's [sic], About and Cancel. Nothing here I can't handle, so I tap New Game, followed by 1 Player, followed by a Select Player list with "Guest" already on the list with a check mark next to it.
I can add or edit names but Guest is good enough for me, so I poke it, followed by done. I arrive at the Settings screen once again. I tap Done and I arrive at the scoreboard again, when it finally dawns on me that I'm also looking at the playing field.
Shaking iYacht or tapping in the die in lower right corner causes the die aligned across the top of the screen to spin. Tapping the die in the right corner stops the spinning dice. I tap the dice I want to hold and tap the die in the lower corner again to spin the rest. Soon, it's game over. To replay, I have to tap menu and go back and select the New Game or Replay buttons.
Navigating and playing iYacht is a chore. Good thing there's a 31-page FAQ's [sic] to guide you. The help pages are sorted into categories explaining what shake and rolling dice is all about, what the smart score sheet does and how to play the game with up to five players (on the same device). I skim through several pages and click done. I'm back at the Scoreboard screen.
The UI and graphics on iYacht are not on par with other Yahtzee and dice games in the App Store. I'll admit at $1.99 it's cheaper than those other dice games, but even so, I can't recommend it at this time. It would have been fine in the early '90s but iYacht just doesn't float my boat.