A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game encourages players to explore their surroundings while also taking care of the needs of the villagers they're responsible for leading. There are key lessons regarding planning and preparing for the future, as well as managing resources and measuring risk versus reward.
Positive Role Models
Players are encouraged to be caring when it comes to the needs of their people, though the people themselves are little more than figures moving along the field of play.
Ease of Play
The game uses a unique dice-based mechanic for building and maintaining players' settlements. It takes some getting used to and adds an extra layer of luck to gameplay, which can be gratifying or frustrating, depending on the way the dice roll.
Violence & Scariness
There's occasionally mild violence when the settlements come under attack. The animations show soldiers fighting against each other, but the scale of the graphics combined with the lack of any blood or gore helps to reduce the impact of the violence substantially.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are occasionally references to alcohol when it comes to the buildings and events over the course of the village's development.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dice Legacy is a downloadable dice-based village building strategy game available on the Nintendo Switch and Windows based PCs. In the game, players roll a set of dice and use the actions they roll to build and defend a thriving village while exploring their surrounding environments. The gameplay's unique and can take some practice and patience to fully grasp, especially with so much relying on the luck of the random dice rolls. There's some mild violence shown onscreen when villages come under attack, but nothing that's graphic or bloody. Some events and buildings make references to alcohol, usually when it comes to helping keep villagers happy.
Is It Any Good?
There are times when all the skill in the world just can't compete against a stroke of luck, be it good or bad. This is a lesson gamers will learn pretty quickly in Dice Legacy. In most city building games, players follow a general pattern, racing to get basic resources and building key structures to lay a solid foundation for the rest of the city to grow from. When it comes to Dice Legacy, though, between the procedurally generated setup and the complete randomness of the dice rolls, it's entirely possible for players often find themselves struggling through no fault of their own. Sometimes the dice might roll and give players a full set of exploration and build commands, but no available spots on the map to use them. Or maybe you finally do get to explore the surrounding area, only to lose a die to a hostile encounter with another settlement or the collapse of a previously undiscovered ancient ruin.
Dice Legacy's heavy reliance on pure luck can cause plenty of headaches early on. One bad roll can quickly cause your village to fall apart before it ever even builds any momentum. But after a few false starts, the game begins to turn a corner. Eventually, with a little luck on their side, players can start to find their groove, learning how to add dice to their pool and how to upgrade their existing dice. It's here, after the initial growing pains, that the game really shines, and it becomes a lot easier for players to start developing strategies while planning for the inevitable moments when chance doesn't smile in their direction. It's also here where players start to see the story unfold more, discovering just how much more there is to the game than simply seeing how long your village can survive. It's an engaging world that keeps the player's curiosity stoked, with new mysteries seemingly just on the verge of being discovered. That is, so long as a few bad rolls don't keep that world from crashing down around you.
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