What are we calling a dice game in this list?
A game where the dice are a core mechanism to the game and make it unique in some way. There are lots of dice games available and what I’ve selected here are my favorites and what I consider to be the best dice games. If you don’t have any of these in your games library then you are missing out on some great entertainment.
King of Tokyo
Each player controls a giant monster trying to be the King of Tokyo. The dice in the game are really cool, black with green symbols. The symbols on the dice stand for punching, healing, generating energy or scoring points.
Healing surprisingly heals your monster unless you control Tokyo.
Along with the symbols for punch, heal and energy the dice have numbers 1-3. If you roll three of a kind you score points.
When you roll energy you get that many energy cubes which you can spend on special power cards.
Punches are the amount of damage you deal to the monster in Tokyo or if you’re in Tokyo it’s dealt to every other monster.
The winner is the first to reach 20 points. When it comes to games this is a must for any collection, one of the very best dice games.
Marvel Dice Masters
It is a collectible card game which means you can buy booster packs to augment your deck.
You start the game with 8 character cards and 20 dice split between the cards. You also start with 4 action cards. There are also 8 sidekick dice which you randomly select 4 to use each turn.
You roll the dice to determine what characters are active and able to fight your opponent. The dice then block each other and damage is then calculated.
Each player has 20 damage. Lots of fun and well warrants it’s place in a list of the best dice games.
Basically you choose a gear, roll the specific die for that gear and move that many spaces. The higher the gear the bigger the die and more spaces you can move.
Your car must stop at least once when moving through a corner or it will take damage.
So you’re thinking what’s a racing game doing in a list of best dice games, they’re no ordinary dice! Well, in first gear you roll a D4 but it’s numbered 1-2, second gear is a D4 numbered 2-4, third gear is 4-8 on a D8, fourth gear is 7-12 on a D12, fifth gear is 11-20 on a D20 and finally sixth gear is 21-30 on a D20.
Escape: the curse of the temple is a co-operative game where all the players are trying to escape from a temple a-la Indiana Jones. The game lasts exactly 10 minutes and comes with a soundtrack which is also the timer.
The temple is made from tiles and they are added to the game as you explore. You have to roll symbols matched on the room you are trying to move in to. There are five dice each player are rolling to explore and escape.
No Dice Games list would be complete without this game.
It’s a frantic, manic and fun game!
Roll through the ages
Each player starts with a sheet explaining their turn and disasters and monuments. Each player also has a peg board to track resources. The dice symbols are resources on five faces and a skull on the sixth.
You can re roll the dice twice on your turn but if you roll a skull you can’t r roll that die, if you roll two skulls bad stuff happens to you, roll three skulls and bad stuff happens to your opponents.
To begin you roll three dice to gather resources.
You can build monuments and buy developments to get points all the while balancing your resources.
The game ends when all monuments are built or when one player has 5 developments.
Bang! the dice game
Each player is dealt a character card that they keep secret except the sheriff who must reveal himself.
There are five dice that are rolled each turn, Yahtzee rules meaning you can keep some rolls and re roll twice. If you roll the dynamite symbol you can’t re roll it and if you roll three they explode!
Should you roll and arrow symbol, even if you re roll it, you take an arrow counter, you’ve been shot by a native American.
If you roll a 1 then you can shoot someone directly next to you at the table, a 2 lets you shoot the person next to your neighbor at the table and the beer symbol lets you heal.
If you roll 3 gattling gun symbols you wound everyone else and can discard all your arrow tokens.
Should the sheriff dies then the outlaws win, the renegades need to kill the outlaws then the sheriff and the sheriff needs to kill the outlaws then the renegades.
Very simple but very fast and fun game.
Seven creature cards are then drawn and placed on the table. Three spell cards are then placed by the creatures and all remaining dice are placed on the relevant cards.
On your turn you pull 6 dice from your bag and roll them. Depending on what you roll you can buy dice and summon creatures. Scoring glory points is the way to win and 12 is the target for a four player game.
A great game that plays best with 2 people.
Roll for the Galaxy
A dice rolling version of Race for the Galaxy. A game for 2-5 players that will take 45+mins.
Every player starts with a dice cup, a tracker board, a random planet and some basic dice. Each player has a screen to roll their dice behind and when all players have placed their dice on the phase tracker the screens are removed and dice revealed.
All phases are then played through; explore,develop, settle, produce, ship.
There are a lot of things going on and players can play simultaneously during turns so even with five players it runs along at a good pace.
This is not a simple game and probably not for new board game players. A lot of people who have played both Race for the Galaxy and Roll for the Galaxy actually prefer Roll. A guaranteed place on a list of best dice games.
There is a gather phase then craft phase and finally a clean-up phase.
During the gather phase you can use gather cards to collect resources then on the craft phase you can build an item from the craft cards using your resources. You can steal stuff from other players and the cards do a lot of things so the game is different every time.
Favor of the pharaoh
The set up is randomly generated and there is an app available to help with set up.
During the game you roll dice to recruit tiles and get more dice. Eventually someone will manage to recruit the queen and then there is a dice roll off with all the players using all their dice and special abilities, the winner is the highest score.
You start of slowly with only three dice and options are limited but once you get that first extra dice and can start manipulating your rolls things get very, very good.
The custom dice are great and the pyramid for locking the dice is a good tool.
A great fun game with lots of variety every game.
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