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10 to the Top Board Game: Rules for How to Play

10 to the Top Board Game: Rules for How to Play

Looking for a specific 10 to the Top rule?  |  Set Up  |  Playing the Game  |  Can’t Make Ten  |  Tower Falls  |  Winning the Game  |  Alternative Game  |  FAQ  |  Components  |


The objective of 10 to the Top is to be the first player to get rid of all of your number cubes.

Set Up

  • Mix up the cubes.
  • Each player should randomly take five cubes and place them in front of themselves. If there are only two players, each player should take seven cubes.
  • Set the rest of the cubes aside into a pile. This pile is referred to as the “extra pile”.
  • Take a random cube from the extra pile and place it in the middle of the play area. This cube will start the game. You should place the cube so the two blank sides are on the top and bottom.
  • Each player should sit so they can clearly see one side of the cube.

How to Play 10 to the Top

There are no turns in the game. All of the players will play at the same time.

Each player looks at the top cube on the stack in the middle of the table. They will then look at the cubes in front of themselves. They are looking for a cube they can place on the top cube in order to make ten. For example the top cube is a six. You will look for a four cube since if you add it to six you get ten.

First cube
The first cube has been placed in the middle of the table. Since it is a four for this player, they will have to place a six on top of it in order to make ten.

When you have found a cube that makes ten, you will place it on top of the tower and say ten out loud. Once you stack a cube on the tower, you can’t reposition it.

Placing a cube to make ten
This player had a six to place on top of the four. They were able to play the six because six plus four equals ten.

The star cubes are wild. You can use them for any number. When you play the cube you will say what number it is being used as. It will stay that number as you try to make the next ten.

Playing a wild cube
The previous top cube on the stack was a two. This player had a wild cube (star) so they played it. The star cube represents an eight.

After a player places a cube, all of the players look for a new cube from their pile that can make ten.

Can’t Make Ten

There will be times in the game where none of the players are able to make ten with their cubes. When this happens one of the players randomly takes one of the cubes from the extra pile and adds it to the top of the tower. The players will now play off this cube.

If this new cube doesn’t resolve the stalemate, keep placing cubes on top until a cube is placed that one of the players can play on.

Tower Falls

Should a player knock down the tower, the player that knocks it down has to randomly draw two cubes from the extra pile and add them to their other cubes.

All of the cubes that were previously in the tower are added to the extra pile. Then randomly draw a cube from the extra pile to start the next tower.

Tower fell down
The tower has fallen down. The player that made it fall has to take two cubes from the extra pile to add to their group of cubes. All of these cubes that fell down are added to the extra pile.

Winning the Game

The first player to play their last cube wins the game.

Alternative Game

Instead of all of the players playing at the same time, you can choose to take turns.

The youngest player starts the game. If they can play a cube to make ten with the top cube, they will play their cube.

Should they not be able to play a cube, play passes to the next player.

The first player to stack all of their cubes wins the game.

10 to the Top FAQ

If you have any questions about how to play the game, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.

Components for 10 to the Top


  • 30 Cubes
  • Instructions

Year: NA | Publisher: Learning Resources

Genres: Children’s, Dexterity, Educational

Ages: 5+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 10-20 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate

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