Parents' Guide to

Dice Legacy

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Unique take on city building is worth a roll of the dice.

Game Nintendo Switch , Windows 2021
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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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