Hi Ho! Cherry-O

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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
Skill(s) required 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,[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.

In 2015, Winning Moves published a classic edition.


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.


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


  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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