Random Dice: GO
By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Decent logic-based gameplay, with some scoring uncertainty.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Some scoring specifics aren't easily accessible.
Products & Purchases
Kids can buy additional currency but aren't under too much pressure to, and they'll also earn some by playing.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Random Dice: GO is a dice-based puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. The gameplay involves battles, but they aren't violent. Presumably, guns or some other sort of weapons are used, because you can see dice are firing at other dice, but there's no blood or gore, and no weapons are shown up close. Because the battle occurs between dice, no people are shown getting injured or dying. The basics of the game are fairly simple, although some aspects of the point system aren't really explained in detail, which may limit kids' ability to strategize. Matches pair kids with an opponent for multiple games, which can help them potentially learn from what worked and didn't in previous portions. Kids can purchase in-currency packages, but they aren't overtly pushed -- the Store section that sells them actually can't be accessed until kids complete a number of levels and unlock it -- and they'll earn gems by playing, which they can use to buy items, including bulk amounts of coins.
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What’s It About?
Kids position dice with attack abilities on a board in Random Dice: GO. They choose from two options -- items such as Fire Dice, for example, which harm the adjacent square -- and drag one onto the board. Dice can be upgraded or merged, if two are alike, for more impact. Once three are on the board, opponents fire at each other until one score reaches zero or time runs out. A heart is subtracted from the player who loses. Kids face off multiple times in matches until one runs out of hearts. A League Match pits them against eight players.
Is It Any Good?
While some aspects aren't well-defined, and the action isn't visually captivating, the guessing and logic involved makes the game generally enjoyable. At first glance, Random Dice: GO's premise seems fairly straightforward. Kids choose between two options from a five-dice deck, dragging and dropping the item onto a square where it'll be most beneficial. Early in the game, when you're not sure where your opponent will place dice, that's less clear. As the game goes on, kids can position picks to have the greatest effect by selecting the type of dice that will do the most damage. When they hover over a section of the board, a red square appears, highlighting the tile range the item will impact. Kids need to determine, for example, if they should place Water Dice near one of their items on the board -- which will decrease the other player's attack speed -- or add Wind Dice, which has a low attack value but can target distant squares, near their opponent's dice. Trying to figure out what the best move would be requires some critical thinking -- and can be fun. Kids can give dice more power by either combining them on the board during games by pulling one on top of another that's the same kind -- or by using coins they earn to level up the dice in their deck between games.
The battle imagery isn't very nuanced and can be tricky to see on a small screen -- and somewhat challenging to plan for ahead of time. Although the damage inflicted is listed in a separate section of the app, unless kids memorize the point amounts, it's hard to factor in what deductions will occur when placing dice. But if kids think logically about where to put their dice and hone their playing skills, kids could get hooked on trying to outfox their opponent, based on what they know about the abilities of the dice -- which can, at times, make playing Random Dice: GO pretty entertaining.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how logic and strategy can factor into Random Dice: GO. What kind of real-world challenges involve a similar thought process?
Can your child identify an objective -- and several steps to take to reach it? Are there other ways that goal could be accomplished?
What should you do if you're not sure how to complete something? How can you determine a way to advance toward your goal?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 26, 2023
- Category: Dice Games
- Publisher: 111%
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip or later, or Android 5.0 and up.
- Last updated: March 27, 2023
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