Games you can play for free – Catego

Continuing with my project to create a list of great games you can play for free, this post features another dice game by Reiner Knizia. First published in 1990, Catego couldn’t be simpler.


Number of players: 2 – 4

Playing time: 10 minutes

You will need:

  • 2 dice
  • A score sheet like the one found here

The game consists of eleven rounds. Each round, all players take turns to roll both dice, before entering the combined total into one of the eleven columns (numbered two to twelve). A dice total can only be entered into each column once.

The game ends when all players have placed a score into all eleven columns. Columns are worth between two and twelve points (corresponding to the column numbers). The player who placed the highest dice total into each column, scores the value of that column in points. If two or more dice totals in a column are the same, no player scores points for that column.

The player with the highest combined score at the end of the game is the winner.

– For a four player variant that adds a bit more decision-making into the game, play as two teams of two. For each column, total together the combined dice totals rolled by both players on each team. The team with the highest combined total scores the points for that column.