How to Play Games on TiVo DVRs

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This article provides information about the games available on TiVo DVRs.


To access the games on TiVo DVRs:

Roamio Series DVRs

From TiVo Central > Apps & Games

Premiere Series DVRs with HDUI

From TiVo Central > Showcases & Apps

Premiere Series DVRs with SDUI, Series3, and Series2 DVRs

From TiVo Central > Music, Photos, & Showcases

Click on the links below to learn more about the games available on TiVo DVRs.

NOTE: Not all games are available on all DVR platforms.

 

Blackjack

Beat the dealer's hand by getting as close to 21 as you can without going over.

Blackjack is available on Roamio Series and Premiere Series DVRs, and TiVo Mini.

Scoring:

Cards from 2-10 count as face value; Jack, Queen, and King count as 10; Ace counts as 1 or 11, depending on what the player decides is best for the hand.

How to play:

The objective of the game is to beat the hand of the dealer while getting as close to 21 as you can without exceeding 21.

If your hand exceeds 21 (busts), it is removed from play and the bet is lost.

If your first two cards add up to 21, you have Blackjack, which pays 3-2. Ordinary wins pay 1-1.

  1. You start with $1,000. Use the arrow keys and SELECT to BET up to $200 per hand, in $50 increments.
  2. After selecting your bet, use the arrow keys and SELECT to DEAL your hand
  3. Use the arrow keys and SELECT to either HIT (draw another card), STAND (end your turn and let the dealer play her hand), or:
    • DOUBLE DOWN -- If your first two cards equal 11 or less, you can double your bet and draw one more card before the dealer's turn.
    • Buy INSURANCE -- When the dealer's face-up card is an Ace, you can buy insurance for half your bet's value. If the dealer has Blackjack, you keep your bet and the insurance. If the dealer does not have Blackjack, both the bet and insurance are lost. If you have Blackjack, you can choose even money and forfeit the hand.

The dealer must draw cards until they get to 17 or more.

The dealer's Blackjack beats the player's Blackjack.

Note: there is no option to split

Wordsmith

Use the top row of tiles to form words. The game is over when you clear the board or there are no words left to spell. Words must be at least three letters long and you can only use the top row to create words. Wordsmith uses the extended Scrabble dictionary.

Wordsmith is available on Roamio Series, Premiere Series, Series3 and Series2 DVRs, and TiVo Mini.

Scoring:

The score is the total points plus length of word.

How to play:

1. Access Wordsmith on your TiVo DVR, use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight Play, and press SELECT.

2. Use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight the first letter of the word and press SELECT.

3. Repeat step 1 for each letter of the word.

NOTE: Press THUMBS DOWN to remove last tile added or press CLEAR to remove all tiles.

4. Press THUMBS UP to enter and score your word.

5. Repeat steps 1 – 3 until you use all the letters or cannot create any more words with the letters available in the top row.

NOTE: Press PLAY at any time to start a new game.

6. To exit the game, press the PAUSE button to return to the main menu, use the DOWN arrow button to highlight exit, and press SELECT.

Skull & Bones


Skill & Bones is similar to Connect 4, in that you need to get four tokens in a row to win the game.

Skull & Bones is available on Roamio Series, Premiere Series, Series3 and Series2 DVRs, and TiVo Mini.

Scoring:

This game does not have a score. The winner is the first to place four Skull or Bone tokens in a row.

How to play:

1. Access Skull & Bones on your TiVo DVR, use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight Play, and press SELECT.

2. Use the LEFT and RIGHT arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to move your token across the top of the board.

3. Press the DOWN arrow button to drop your token.

4. Repeat step 1 and 2 until either player places four tokens in a row.

5. To exit the game, press the PAUSE button to return to the main menu, use the DOWN arrow button to highlight exit, and press SELECT.

SameGame

The goal of the game is to remove all the marbles while scoring the highest number of points.

SameGame is available on Roamio Series, Premiere Series, Series3, and Series2 DVRs, and TiVo Mini.

Scoring:

Earn points by removing two or more marbles from the board, the more marbles you remove at once the more points you score. When you clear the board, you will receive 500 points.

How to play:

1. Access SameGame on your TiVo DVR, use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight Play, and press SELECT.

2. Use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to move to a set of two or more marbles.

3. Press SELECT to highlight all the marbles available to remove.

4. Press SELECT again to remove the marbles.

5. Repeat steps 1 – 3 until no more moves are available.

6. To exit the game, press the PAUSE button to return to the main menu, use the DOWN arrow button to highlight exit, and press SELECT.

Rockswap

Complete all levels and reach the best possible score by lining up rocks of the same type in sets of three or more.

Rockswap is available on Roamio Series and Premiere Series DVRs, and TiVo Mini.

Scoring:

Earn points for each rock that a swap eliminates. You advance to the next level every six moves.

How to play:

1. Access Rockswap on your TiVo DVR, use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight Play, and press SELECT.

2. Use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight a rock you want to swap and press SELECT.

3. Use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight the swap destination, you may choose a destination immediately above, below, or to either side, and press SELECT.

4. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until no additional swaps are available.

5. To exit the game, press the red C button to return to the main menu, use the DOWN arrow button to highlight exit, and press SELECT.

Quizzmaster

Quizzmaster is a single-player or multi-player trivia game. Up to four people can play at a time.

Quizzmaster is available on Roamio Series and Premiere Series DVRs, and TiVo Mini.

Scoring:

Each game consists of ten questions for each player. Every question has four choices and a time limit. Answer the questions as fast as possible to get more points.

How to play:

1. Access Quizzmaster on your TiVo DVR and press SELECT.

2. Choose the desired number of players.

3. Enter player names, use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight a letter and press SELECT, once you have entered the desired name highlight OK and press SELECT.

4. When you are ready, press SELECT to begin.

5. Read the question at the top of the screen and use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight your answer and press SELECT.

6. Press SELECT for the next question.

NOTE: When playing with two or more players, be sure to pass the remote control before you press SELECT.

7. Repeat steps 3 – 5 until you answer all ten questions.

8. At the end of the game you see each player’s score level, press SELECT to start a new game.

9. To exit the game, press the TiVo Central button.

Kaboom

Find and destroy all of the enemy mines. Radar indicates number of mines remaining. Mark mines for our sweepers to clean up. One wrong move and it is over. Time is critical.

Kaboom is available on Roamio Series and Premiere Series DVRs, and TiVo Mini.

Scoring:

Your score is based on how many mines you clear before time runs out or you explode a mine.

How to play:

1. Access Kaboom on your TiVo DVR, use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight New Game, and press SELECT.

2. Use the arrow buttons on your TiVo remote to highlight a square to clear it or mark it as a mine. To clear the square, press SELECT. To mark it as a mine, press the red C button.

NOTE: The numbers provided in cleared squares indicate the number of mines surrounding that square.

3. Repeat step 2 until you have correctly marked all of the mines or accidentally select a mine. Accidentally selecting a mine ends the game.

NOTE: If you have no more mines left to mark and the time is still ticking, then you have not marked the mines correctly.

 

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