Yo'Dice Review (June 13,2005)

The world seems to get more and more complicated every day, and simple fun seems all too elusive.

It seems like there's always at least one new board game at Christmas that we get and play around with once or twice - then it's back to the old standbys. Why? the new game was too complicated. I have fond memories of playing simple card games, like war, solitaire, or pounce, for hours on end. Then there were the dice games that seemed to be nearly endless sources of entertainment when we were kids.

MicroWorks Inc lets us recapture these childhood memories with Yo'Dice. Yo'Dice is a game similar to one you may have played as a child. Although it seems quite simple on the surface, Yo'Dice is actually quite addictive and lets you use quite a bit of strategy too.

Well, I love games, especially the classics, but I didn't know about this one. And what a terrific game it is! I did a little research, and found out that Yo'Dice is based on a game that some people call Ten Thousand, because you often set your goal at ten thousand points. Other people know it as "Farkle" and they say it was named after the Farkleberry tree in Texas. I don't know about that but it sure is fun!

When I first looked at the game, I thought, shouldn't it have some animation? Isn't that what people expect these days? But after I played it a while, I realized that too much movement would get annoying and actually detract from the fun.

Yo'Dice has just the right amount of movement and restful backgrounds so that you get drawn into the addictive gameplay. That's the best thing about Yo'Dice. You can play anytime, anywhere, for just as long as you want. You can play against the computer, or play against another person. You could even take your Yo'Dice skills off the computer and play with real dice when the opportunity arises. It's one of those games that grows on you the more you play. Yes, that's the mark of a "classic" game.

Sure, the DirectX shoot 'em up games are fun sometimes, but if some old-fashioned addictive gameplay is what you want, then it doesn't get much better that Yo'Dice.

I was quite addicted to Yahtzee as a child, and this game has a similar feel to it. But there's a lot more strategy involved with Yo'Dice!

You have to know a bit about the scoring to understand the game. A one is worth 100 points, a five is worth fifty. Three of a kind is worth the number times one hundred (for example three sixes are worth 600).

It may sound complicated at first, but the great thing is once you get the hang of it you don't have to worry about scoring, because Yo'Dice takes care of that for you. All you have to do is fine tune your strategy, and have fun playing the game!

For variety, I did replace the pretty backgrounds in Yo'Dice with some scenes of my own. Once I put a dragon in back of the dice, and another (my favorite) was looking straight up into the tree tops.

Yo'Dice is a great game - a classic game of chance that will find a home on your computer long after the fancy Direct X games are way out of date. Why? Games like Yo'Dice are never outgrown, never exactly the same two times in a row, and never become outdated.

Have some old-fashioned fun and buy Yo'Dice today!

Kathy Salisbury
The Great Mind Review Team
Great Mind Software

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