Devil Dice

a game by Sony Imagesoft, and THQ
Genre: Puzzles & Words
Platforms: Playstation, PSX
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 4 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Devil Games

We're beginning to see a trend of puzzle games straying away from the traditional colorful-cascading-blocks formula. Like Intelligent Qube (also on the PlayStation), Devil Dice is a simple yet challenging wonder, and it is revolutionary in its own little way.

The concept is easy: push or flip dice around the playing field to line up matching numbers in a way simitar to dominos or Shanghai. The number of dice needed for a match equals the face value. For example, you can put together two 2's for four points (2 x 2), but if you want to piece together 6's, you have to put six of them together (giving you 6 x 6 = 36 points). But for us puzzle-combo freaks who like to show off, you can do a match and then connect more dice for score multipliers. So after you touch six 6's together, you have a few seconds to add more 6's to the mix, increasing your score dramatically.

Devil Dice supports several modes, including Trial (keep going to see how high a score you can get), Puzzle (make predetermined matches within a given number of moves), Battle (first player to score four different matches wins), and War (one to five players start with loo points--every time you score, you knock your opponents' points down).

The game sounds obscenely simple, but believe us, Devil Dice is much harder than it looks. Luckily, the disc includes helpful tutorials, hints and strategies. If you're looking for a game that's easy to learn, but will take a loooonnng time to master, you may want to give Devil Dice a roll.

  • MANUFACTURER - SCEI
  • THEME - Puzzle
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1-5

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Playstation

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

PSX

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

People say:

9

I knew I was going to like Devil Dice the first ' time I laid my eyes on it. Like most successful puzzle games, Devil Dice's concept is simple yet deep, meaning any moron can learn how the game works in seconds, and puzzle veterans have enough there to keep them busy for weeks. At first glance, the game may look very intimidating, especially if you're watching players who know what they're doing. After all, this isn't your standard 2D cascading colorful blocks puzzle game. But once you sit through the great tutorial (one of the best I've seen in any game), you'll realize the game is very easy to get into. DD is made all the much better with a Five-player War Mode and a completely different Two-player Battle Mode. Both modes are frantic and a blast to play since the game allows you to steal combos away from the other players (part of the fun of everyone being on a single playing field). On top of that, the game has a fun Two-player Co-op option and a challenging Puzzle Mode (a very frustrating but ultimately satisfying game that has you solving little dice-clearing challenges, one at a time). If you're disappointed with the many mindless games on the market, please check out Devil Dice. It will keep your neurons blasting, and you'll have tons of fun. And to think, this game was created on the Yaroze!

9

The One-player Mode in Devil Dice is a lot of fun, but it's more or less training for the intense multiplayer stuff. Don't get me wrong, the one-player game is very interesting but I had the most fun when the four of us reviewing DD sat down and tried the Multiplayer Modes. Sure, the game may seem confusing at first but all in all it's very cool. It has great graphics, sound, tutorials and an original concept. It's a buy.

9

A furiously addictive and original puzzle game that is so compelling that even your mom will probably go for it. The graphics are simple, well-defined and extremely effective, and the overall presentation is excellent. As a single-player game it's a fantastic experience that will keep you hooked for hours. As a multiplayer game it's relationship-threaten-ingly competitive. Sushi nearly got lynched (and fired) for winning too much.

8

It warms my heart whenever I can sink my teeth into a good puzzle game. Devil Dice has lots of originality and has plenty of modes to keep up to five of your pals (yourself included) busy for weeks. The premise of the game (to match the face value of a die with the equivalent amount of connecting dice) is simple, but once you get into it, you'll be amazed at the depth of play involved. A terribly addictive (and fun!) puzzler.

Unlike all the Tetris clones out there, Devil Dice puts a unique twist on 3D puzzle games. Though difficult, it's surprisingly addictive. Players must manipulate dice on screen by walking on them and matching their faces to make them disappear. The action can get pretty hairy at times, especially in multiplayer games and War mode contests, where quick turns of the die are a must. Thankfully, the controls are tight and responsive. The sounds are pretty bland, while the graphics are colorful but basic.

If you thought Intelligent Qube was a walk in the park, Devil Dice will have you screaming in frustration. This one's truly devilish.

ProTips:

  • Take time to plan your moves so you can figure out where the dice are going to roll.
  • In two-player matches, it pays to focus on your own game rather than on what your opponent's doing.

Overview

Ever close your eyes to sleep, and still see Tetris blocks rotating and falling beneath your eyelids? Welcome to the next addicting puzzle game that will have you up at night playing and advance you to the next level in the Procrastinator's Hall of Fame. This game was originally named XI and developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.; it was then picked up by THQ and renamed Devil Dice due to its "devilishly addictive" gameplay.

Devil Dice is a unique game and a winner for avid puzzle-fans who are tired of the endless Tetris clones. In this game you take control of a little devil and must manipulate and match six sided dice. This game might be a little confusing if you haven't glanced at the one-page instructions or viewed the online instructions, but once you've checked either one out, the game is a cinch to understand.

Gameplay

Devil Dice has a visual online tutorial that demonstrates how you control a little red devil, who in turn controls each die he is walking on. If the die he's moving comes in contact with another die, then he has the option of moving onto it or any other touching die. When he's on top of a die and moves it, it rotates and displays a new number. If he's on the ground, he can then push the die around the playfield but is unable to rotate it. He can get off the floor by hopping on any die rising. He can make a block of dice disappear by matching up multiples of dice with the number currently displayed on the die (for example, you want to connect two twos, three threes, four fours and so on). Once he's accomplished this, he's able to hop on other die and continue the chain by connecting it to the sinking block with the same number. After playing with this game long enough, you'll find you're able to get multi-hit combos with ease and will drastically improve your score. Each die has a red one (called the "happy one") and if you connect this to the sinking block you'll successfully clear off all the ones on the board. This becomes extremely important as the game progresses because it will clear up precious board space and keep the game going (in trial mode, it's over when the board is completely filled with dice).

Four game modes are available: battle, puzzle, trial, and wars. Puzzle is a great place for beginners to start because it will give you some of the basic strategies you will need to master for success. Puzzle mode starts out with an easy series of puzzles that you must solve in a limited number of turns. If you're able to succeed with the current puzzle, you get to move onto the next; otherwise you have to keep trying it until it's solved. When you complete a block of ten, you unlock a new picture that covers your playing field. There are over twenty different pictures that vary from abstract art to close-up shots of the game characters and a woman's face. I'm glad multiple pictures are available because it makes it worthwhile to replay the puzzles until you've viewed them all.

The next mode players will want to visit is trial mode where you can play solo in a timed or un-timed game. If you're new to the game, un-timed is the way to go as you try to make rows disappear in a play field that is constantly sprouting dice. This a great way to hone your skills for battles and wars, and it is a lot of fun if you're just starting out because you're not getting frustrated with the computer beating up on you.

If you want some head-to-head competition then you can select battle mode. In this mode, you can play against another human opponent or against the computer. Before the match, you select the difficulty level and the game requires you to fill anywhere from three to six boxes of objectives. This is accomplished the same way as in trial mode, except that your opponent can wipe out your success by connecting the same series as you (for example if you both connect two two's). This feature can make this a very long game and reminds me of the card game War.

The last and most frustrating mode is War. In this mode you can play up to five other opponents, but you need additional equipment if you want all five to be human; otherwise you can play against the computer. You start off in a huge playfield filled partially with dice and each character having a strength meter. When a player completes a chain, the opponents take some damage and the last one standing (or has the most strength when the time runs out) wins. It's difficult to complete chains because someone else is constantly mucking with it and on occasion you even get stuck on the same die as an opponent and end up fighting over what direction to go. I didn't like this mode much and found myself playing the other game modes more frequently.

Graphics

The graphics for this game are done well, with the menus having a pleasing touch. The tutorial and characters are beautifully designed and the devils are well-animated. I enjoyed the music because it has a variety of styles that range from jazz to rock and enhances gameplay instead of interfering with it. I have a pet peeve with games that have such loud/irritating music that it keeps breaking your concentration, but luckily this wasn't the case.

Bottom Line

This is a great game if you enjoy puzzles, although it's a bit difficult to master. People will either hate this game because of its steep learning curve, or love the challenge it presents and become quickly addicted. I definitely recommend renting it first to find out which is the case, and then making the decision whether to buy it.

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