Tortoise and Hare is a dice game where a tortoise and a hare race to the finish line. The tortoise is slow but steady. The hare can be fast, but the hare is undependable and overconfident. This of course comes from the Aesop's fable called The Tortoise and the Hare.
One white die
One red die
50 pennies OR
25 green bingo chips and
25 red bingo chips
The components are stored in a little cardboard box that has hand-drawn pictures of the tortoise, hare and the name of the game. Could an Altoids tin be used? I don't know. An Altoids tin will fit the dice but might not fit the rules, and I think you would have to skip the artwork.
An animal wins the race by moving 25 positions.
Both animals take a turn at the same time. There are two lines of pennies showing how far each animal has moved. For each position moved, add another penny to the line. If you are using bingo chips, use green for the tortoise and red for the hare. The tortoise moves one position forward each turn.
The hare moves zero, two, three or six positions. The hare player uses the red die to mark how far the hare is to move,
indicated by the number on the top of the die. This die is not rolled.
The hare player rolls the white die during each turn to determine whether the hare moves for that turn.
The hare moves two positions if the red die is two and the white die is 1, 2 or 3.
The hare moves three positions if the red die is three and the white die is 4 or 5.
The hare moves six positions if the red die is six and the white die is 6.
Often the hare doesn't move at all. The hare might sit back and take a nap, or it might stop to have a snack. Why bother?
A hare could outrace a tortoise any day.
How good is this game?
Tortoise and Hare is thoroughly mindless. I like it. It could be a cute birthday present for you to make for your kid or, better, for your kid to make for you.