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Royal Review: Dice King Solo

So surprisingly, when I mentioned King things earlier, I wasn’t just talking about updates and me rambling about discoveries like I’m assholishkirk but for King (and as I’ve been 10 times less competent than him, that analogy barely holds up). I’ve felt like writing actual reviews for some of the games (which I have done for the Guitar Hero mobile games, see the forum for what I mean). This is probably gonna hurt, but whatever, here I go.

 

Dice King Solo Review

Intro

Dice King Solo is basically a single-player version of the King game Dice King. If you don’t know what Dice King is, it’s basically a Yahtzee-ish game (in fact, the original name of it was Yatzy) where you compete against up to 3 other people to try to get the highest score.

…so yeah, basically just an online version of Yahtzee. I’ve played it around 7 times, and it was rather fun. However, what if you’re anti-social (like me), don’t have any friends (also like me), and want to play Yahtzee by yourself and not with strangers (also like me)?

Well, if you want that, why are you looking at a King game? You could easily play versions online that are longer based and not timed.

If you want a quick time waster if you’re bored, though, it’s perfect for that.

You should also know this game is only playable in Germany and Spain, as Yahtzee is more of a game of luck and not a game of skill, and online luck games aren’t entirely the greatest if you have one on a “skill gaming” website like King. I might post the SWF sometime; it runs mostly fine in a projector, with only the introduction text missing and the personal high scores messed up.

Dice King Solo is basically just that; a timed, solo version of Dice King. However, there are a few differences that make it more similar to Yahtzee. For instance, notably the One and Two Pair options for scoring are removed. As well, 1-5 and 2-6 are replaced with Small Straight (1-4, 2-5, 3-6?) and Large Straight (1-5, 2-6) respectively. As well, House is renamed to Full House, and you get three minutes to try and get the highest score possible.

So they basically just made it Yahtzee. Cool, but how does it play?

Fairly well, actually. To roll the dice, you can click on the container, or you can shake it and release the dice. It also makes dice rattling noises if you shake it. You get three chances to get the best combination of dice you can (and potentially get the Dice King, awarding you 50 points). Later in the game, however, if you don’t get any combo, you have to cross one out, effectively giving you a lower score in the long run.

There’s also a 15 second loop they have playing as background music; however, as the game is 3 minutes and not 30 minutes, this is fine. As well, for a 8 year old flash game, the graphics hold up okay it’s better than some of their other games from around the same time, however arguably some games look worse (Abacus Alley says hi!)

Summary

Overall, Dice King Solo is a good game to play if you’re dreadfully bored. Aside from that, there really isn’t much else to say about it; It’s essentially just quick paced Yahtzee, with no bells or whistles (except for the fact you could play it for cash). King has done the no frills tactic well before with Football Star (and technically Zuma and Luxor, when they removed the music), however just because a game is exactly one thing and nothing else doesn’t mean it’s the best.

That is why I will be giving the game three stars out of five.

 

Footnote

The three stars on the Dice King Solo logo looks horrible, but it’s the best I can do. Might remove them if you guys want.

When I posted my reviews on MG, I didn’t get much feedback, so please say what I can improve in the comments. Without feedback, I don’t know what I’m doing badly.

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