Ever play a game where you feel perpetually outmatched by your opponents? It’s a regular occurrence for me since I frequently play games with some extremely intelligent and strategic individuals (3 of whom live in my house). That’s one of the reasons I love dice games so much; even the most skillful of players are at the mercy of the dice.
So this year, we decided to put together a gift guide for people who like having that element of chance ingrained in a game. You’ve already seen the first Family Games gift guide as well as one for Stocking Stuffers and over the next few weeks we will publish guides with games, toys, home items, electronics and more. Each will detail 10 or so product with links to where you can read more or purchase the product. If you see the logo, click on it to be directed to an in-depth review!
Imagidice features 12 dice with pictures from popular categories. You can use Imagidice as a conversation starter, a language learning tool, or for telling stories. You might even have some clever ideas we haven’t thought of for Imagidice! Imagidice are a great way to fuel your creativity and get people talking.
Ninja Dice is a fast-paced, push-your-luck dice game with a unique mechanic: it’s not just what you roll, where the dice land is important! Each turn in Ninja Dice you create a house filled with challenges and use your ninja skills to beat them. Move quick! The other ninjas are also rolling dice to attack you (and each other) because the ninja with the most treasure wins! Ninja Dice introduces a mechanic that allows certain dice to modify other dice based on how they land. Dice that have a line on their front edge can modify the other dice partially or completely in front of them, like an arc of fire.
Order of the Gilded Compass
Order of the Gilded Compass is a dice assignment game for 2-5 players. In this game, each player takes on the role of a treasure hunter seeking invitation to join the most prestigious of archaeological secret societies. Players scour the globe to unearth fantastic and valuable artifacts. By assigning their archaeologist dice to the right locations at the right time, players acquire treasure maps and specialists to follow them, dive for sunken treasure, acquire rare finds at the auction house and even enlist the help of the illuminati. The player who has the most treasure at the end of the game earns an invitation to the order of the gilded compass and wins.
Star Wars: Destiny
Enter a world of epic, saga-spanning, “what if” battles with a starter set for Star Wars: Destiny! With an array of characters that spans the saga from the Phantom menace to the force Awakens, Star Wars: Destiny gives you the freedom to play out any battle you can imagine. Innovative game play blends dice and cards as you strategize exactly how to defeat your opponents characters. Meanwhile, the game’s collectible SWD02 invites you to enter the game at whatever pace you choose, tweaking your decks with the addition of new cards and dice from booster packs. Available Soon!
Pass the Pigs
The original party animals. Try your luck using pigs for dice. Will you roll a sider or start makin’ bacon? Using the two little pigs as dice, your objective is to score 100 points before your friends do. How those little porkers land determines the points you score. Do you bank those points or risk rolling again? You’ll need hog-sized helpings of luck and nerve if you’re going to get your snout in the trough… These pigs are truly addictive–a classic game for generations. Available in original travel-sized form (pictured) or an oversized foam version.
3, 2, WON! In Rocket Lander™ you control a group of bold rockets exploring the vast world and outer space. Embark on an epic mission to settle and build the greatest rocket station. Fly the atmosphere, coordinate your rockets, and overtake your opponents while defending your home turf.
With the new STEM Strategy Game, discover the thrill of commanding your own Rocket Landing! Rocket Lander is set in a 3D space, hosting coordinates that explore data literacy at any age.
Rollers® is the fun new dice game of fast rolling, quick combo making, and collecting chips! Race to be the first player to fill up your game board by “opening” and “closing” your game board sets. The better your roll, the more chips other players have to pay up! Wild Stars will help you make your sets, but beware the dreaded Zap that cancels your roll. With Rollers, the first player to score 5 points wins!
SET® Dice: Three games in one: SET CUBED®, a casual strategy game, is the winner of 10 Best Game Awards! SCRAMBLE SET is fast-paced family fun, just like your favorite card game. CROSSWORD SET increases the challenge – be the first to link all of your dice like a crossword puzzle. Roll, Connect, WIN! Ages: 8 to adult • Players: 1 to 6
Are you looking for a game you can play as a family but have multi-generations wanting to play, not to mention kids who range from grade school to high school? The game SHABOOM! is about to rock your world! Face off against your opponents in a series of challenges sure to test your speed and agility. Actions that anyone can do – it all comes down to who can do it first. 2-4 Players, Ages 7+. Available at Toys R Us, Barnes and Noble, Amazon and your neighborhood toy store. .
The Annual Wizard Talent Show only comes around…well, once a year. The competitors square off simultaneously to roll their spells with beautiful, colorful dice, each turn saving one symbol that matches their spell card. Speed is the key as everyone is casting at the same time and Feat cards magically alter the rules each round. It’ll keep you on your toes and always looking for a new strategy. Some spells even come with an ability to slow down the competition. Hey, a little gamesmanship never hurt anyone. The first wizard to complete six spells wins the game, earning Magical Bragging Rights (much better than the normal kind)!
It’s the think-fast, fun party game that’s challenging without being intimidating! Roll the big cubes to get your nine categories – like contagious things, buffet foods, hotties or colors, and then press the timer to get your letter. Now take turns naming things in a category that start with that letter! Grab the cube when you name something, but if the random timer stops on your turn, you lose that round! with 54 categories and 21 letters, the game is different each time you play!
Dice games are fun and add a variable that helps level the playing field. You may not have heard of most of these, but they are from reputable companies that create fantastic games. Maybe you can roll a few of these under your tree! Again, look for the tiny logo on titles that we’ve previously given a full preview. Stay tuned for more gift ideas and keep an eye out for opportunities to win some of these in our 100+ Days of Giveaways.