Hi Ho! Cherry-O

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Hi Ho! Cherry-O
Players2 to 4
Setup time< 5 minutes
Playing time< 10 minutes
Random chanceComplete
Skill(s) requiredCounting

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 off of the tree
  2. Take two cherries off of the tree
  3. Take three cherries off of the tree
  4. Take four cherries off of the tree
  5. Dog: Return up to two cherries to the tree. If the player has no cherries, their turn is skipped.
  6. Bird: Same thing as the dog
  7. Spilled basket: Replace all of the cherries on your 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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