The iPod Observer has recently posted a review of EA Mobile's iPod version of Hasbro's classic roll-the-dice game, Yahtzee [iTunes link].  This modern reinvention features easy scorekeeping, multiplayer game modes, and simple click-wheel controls.

The iPod is a personal device: You listen to your music on it, watch your movies and videos, you get podcasts and audiobook that you like loaded up on it. It's a small device with a small screen that is meant for private viewing.

Yahtzee, on the other hand, was created to be played with at least one other person, someone you can kid around with. Yahtzee solo just ain't a lot of fun and playing against the computer is no good either. You need another person to play with.

That's not to say Yahtzee for the iPod is not a well executed game, in fact I think its a game ideally suited for the iPod. The screen is simple and easy to see, the controls are equally simple and an absolute joy to use, and this version of Yahtzee is faithful to the original, almost to a fault.

I also believe that in situations where you and several folks are cramped into a small space for 30 minutes or more, on a road trip for instance, you'd be hard pressed to find a more suitable and fun game to play. You can't hear the dice shaking in the cup, however, unless everyone has earphones of some sort. But then, that might not be such a bad thing because it's likely everyone will be talking anyway.

Yahtzee works with the iPod (5th generation), iPod classic and iPod nano (3rd generation) and can be purchased through the iTunes Store at a price of $4.99 USD.