Game of Dice – Review

Game of Dice 1

Just what is Game of Dice?  Well, think of it as a cutesy cartoon version of monopoly, with a bit of card game thrown in, and you’re pretty much about there.  Players compete against each other with the aim of bankrupting them.  Their avatars or playing pieces are moved around a board by the score of the dice.  Doubles get you another go, but throw three doubles in a row and you go to gaol.  There’s a fortune road and a misery road thrown in for extra measure.  The fortune road can give you extra money, gift you a city block or give you a takeover item, whilst the misery road just lands you pretty much in the shit.

And a note on the dice.  When playing, you have to press and hold the gold button.  A meter goes back and forth between 2 and 12, and generally speaking when you let go at a certain point, you get a score around what you had hoped for.  However there are times it seems totally random, and at worse, deliberately makes you land on the worst block possible.

When you land on an empty block you automatically claim it (voiced over by a cute “city taken” ), and every time you pass what is effectively “Go” (known as start in Game of Dice), your block levels up, to a maximum of level 4.  Land on an opponent’s block and you have to pay them a fee.  Land on your own and you can invest in it, sometimes increasing the fee up to four times the initial value.

You can select from a wide variety of characters and level them up.  Each have different skills, but so far I haven’t seen a huge impact on the game.  More importantly though you do have a card deck of 3 cards that you start with, and then a further 6 which are randomly drawn from throughout the game.  Now, the cards do make a big difference.  They range from robbing an opponent of a percentage of their money, to cards that change opponent’s city blocks to yours.

All in all it’s a fun little game even though I giggled at the in-game currency being called “Joy” since I could only think of Ren and Stimpy.  The game does push / advertise quite a bit though, for things that you could buy, and when the game starts up you do find closing quite a few adverts down before you can start.  In addition, some of the images aren’t exactly politically correct. As an example, a new character has surface called Lucy. She is shall we say, well endowed, plays Beach Volleyball by way of an excuse for the bikini outfit, and to top it all off she is sucking a lollipop / hotdog thing.  Sigh.  I suppose next week they should have some young stud type character licking a clam shell and we’ll have the full set.

Tips:

Don’t invest in your own property unless the amount you pay in is less then what you’ll get back as a fee.

Do try and land on the Golden Ox, it multiplies the fee paid on all of your properties.

Save the “Move opponent to tax” (aka Tax Day) card to the moment when they almost go bankrupt and get a loan out.

On the first couple of times round the aim is to get as much property as possible, so use cards like “Haste”, “Teleport” or a move to vacation spot card.

“Steal Property” is invaluable, make sure you have it from the start.

You can download the game here –

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joycity.god

Size: 66M

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Permissions:
I haven’t seen yet how the game justifies that it needs access to contacts, and that is slightly worrying:

In-app purchases

Identity
find accounts on the device

Contacts
find accounts on the device

Phone
read phone status and identity

Photos / Media / Files
modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
read the contents of your USB storage

Storage
modify or delete the contents of your USB storage
read the contents of your USB storage

Wi-Fi connection information
view Wi-Fi connections

Other
receive data from Internet
full network access
view network connections
prevent device from sleeping
control vibration

 

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