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Hi Ho! Cherry-O
Players 2 to 4
Age range 3 and up
Setup time < 5 minutes
Playing time < 10 minutes
Random chance Complete
Skills required Counting

Hi Ho! Cherry-O is a children's put and take board game currently published by Milton Bradley [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 ,[citation needed] 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.


The spinner is divided into 7 sections:

  1. Take 1 cherry from tree
  2. Take 2 cherries from tree
  3. Take 3 cherries from tree
  4. Take 4 cherries from tree
  5. Dog: Take two cherries from your bucket and place them back on your tree. (If you have only one cherry, put that one back. If you have none do nothing.)
  6. Bird: Take one cherry from your bucket and place it back on your tree. (If you have none do nothing.)
  7. Spilled basket: replaces all cherries on tree


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


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