Hi Ho! Cherry-O

Players 2 to 4 3 and up < 5 minutes < 10 minutes Complete Counting

Hi Ho! Cherry-O is a children's put and take board game currently published by Hasbro[1] in which two to four players spin a spinner in an attempt to collect cherries. The original edition, designed by Hermann Wernhard and first published in 1960 by Whitman Publishers, had players compete to collect 10 cherries. During an update in 2007,[2] the rules were updated to include a cooperative play variant, where players cooperate to remove all fruit from the board before a bird puzzle is completed.

In 2015, Winning Moves published a classic edition.

Rules

Each player starts the game with an empty basket and 10 cherries on his/her tree. Players take turns spinning the spinner and performing the indicated action. The spinner is divided into seven sections:

1. Take one cherry from tree
2. Take two cherries from tree
3. Take three cherries from tree
4. Take four cherries from tree
5. Dog: Replace cherries on tree: two if the player has at least that many in his/her basket, one if he/she has only one (no effect if player's basket is empty)
6. Bird: Same as dog
7. Spilled basket: Replace all cherries on tree

The first player to collect all the cherries from his/her tree and call "Hi Ho! Cherry-O" wins the game.

Analysis

The game length can be determined using a Markov chain, yielding the following results:[3]

• Minimum game length: 3
• Average game length: 15.8
• Maximum game length: Unbounded
• 25th percentile: 7 moves
• 50th percentile (median): 12 moves
• 75th percentile: 21 moves
• 95th percentile: 40 moves

References

1. "HI HO! CHERRY-O Game". Hasbro. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
2. "Hi Ho! Cherry-O". BoardGameGeek. Retrieved 2008-08-10.
3. "HI HO! CHERRY-O Mathematics". Jeffrey Humpherys. Retrieved 2011-01-11.

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