|Players||2 to 4|
|Age range||3 and up|
|Setup time||< 5 minutes|
|Playing time||< 10 minutes|
Hi Ho! Cherry-O is a children's put and take board game currently published by Milton Bradley  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, 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:
- Take 1 cherry from tree
- Take 2 cherries from tree
- Take 3 cherries from tree
- Take 4 cherries from tree
- 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.)
- Bird: Take one cherry from your bucket and place it back on your tree. (If you have none do nothing.)
- Spilled basket: replaces all cherries on tree
The game length can be determined using a Markov chain, yielding the following results:
- 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
- "HI HO! CHERRY-O Game". Hasbro. http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/ProductsByBrand.htm?ID=8623&BR=509. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- "Hi Ho! Cherry-O". BoardGameGeek. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/6932. Retrieved 2008-08-10.
- "HI HO! CHERRY-O Mathematics". Jeffrey Humpherys. http://math.byu.edu/~jeffh/mathematics/games/cherry/cherry.html. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
- Hasbro's Hi Ho! Cherry-O product page
- Hi Ho! Cherry-O at BoardGameGeek Includes many pictures of various game editions.
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