Summary Roll the dice to accumulate highest score against your friends.
Description Type: Dice
Platform: Android, iOS, Facebook
Players: 1 - 2 players.
Age: Any age
Game Time: 2 minutes per (uninterrupted) game
Developer or Designer: Scopely
Pass and Play mode
Easy to learn
Great for on the go
Because apps take up memory, I am very selective about the games I keep on my tablet. Most games I download, I play a couple of times, and then delete them. It should therefore say something about that I have been playing it for over a month, and have decided it is definitely a keeper.
Sometimes simplicity is best, and that is certainly the case here. I started playing before discovering the rule book, but figured it all out easily enough without having to read the instruction.
Each player takes it in turn to roll five dice (I.E. tap the screen), and the aim is to score the highest number by fitting the combination with the best requirements. These requirements include things such as your total number of sixes, rolling three of the same number, or getting a straight set of numbers (1 through 5).
This would be very hard to do on just one roll, which is why you have three chances. Each time, you can decide to hold back dice. For example, if you rolled two 4s, you could keep the 4s and roll the other three dice to try and get more.
You can also earn extra rolls through achievements, playing scratch cards, or buying them from the store. As you are only allowed to use one bonus roll per turn, it isn't really necessary to spend money, and the bonus rolls kind of take away the challenge anyway.
You can play a full single player game in a daily tournament, which enters you into a global ranking, or you can find a random opponent online (or online buddy). When playing like this you have to wait between goes because your opponent won't necessarily be online at the same time. This means the game can last several days.
You can also play with someone else in the room, passing the tablet around. When I played at home with a friend, instead of using my tablet, I just wrote out the table and use real dice, as I think having physical dice is far more fun.
There are lots of achievements to earn when you play, which give you extra bonus rolls, and increase your XP and playing level. Dice with Buddies is a very simple and traditional game to play, but sometimes those are the best.