Tumblin’ Dice Dexterity Game Overview

Tumblin’ Dice Dexterity Game Overview

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I briefly mentioned our family’s love for the Winter Olympics, and especially curling, when we told you about a shuffleboard-style game set among the Neanderthals, Caveman Curling. It’s odd, we usually like more action-packed sports and cannot watch golf or non-Chicago Cubs baseball. The games/rounds are just too slow to keep our attention. But curling is…hypnotic. If you’ve ever watched a match, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Last year a friend brought a game to our weekly game night that he had just received after backing a campaign through Kickstarter. He backs a few each year and is rather choosy about which he gives his money to. He’s not after the latest miniature game, he prefers odd dexterity or abstract games – ones you won’t be able to find in the store. This time he brought a brand new copy of Tumblin’ Dice by Eagle-Gryphon Games.

Tumblin' Dice by Eagle-Gryphon Games takes curling to another level. Literally. Add dice and a 3-D playing area and you've got an instant classic! - SahmReviews.com

Fast-forward six months or so and we have our own copy, fresh from the second batch. Dubbed the “2017 Edition”, I can’t quite recall what (if any) changes were made from the Kickstarter issue. After setting up and playing a few (dozen) rounds of this newer version, we don’t think any changes are necessary at all!

Tumblin' Dice by Eagle-Gryphon Games takes curling to another level. Literally. Add dice and a 3-D playing area and you've got an instant classic! - SahmReviews.com

I mentioned the sport of curling because there are some rule similarities in Tumblin’ Dice. I suppose you could also compare it to shuffleboard, but I’m not ready to admit I also enjoy that “old person’s game”. Tumblin’ Dice includes a wooden playing board that you must construct in three dimensions. More than just sliding an object towards a target, it will fall down levels. Pay attention, it will all make sense in a minute.

Tumblin' Dice by Eagle-Gryphon Games takes curling to another level. Literally. Add dice and a 3-D playing area and you've got an instant classic! - SahmReviews.com

Instead of using any type of disc or puck, Tumblin’ Dice uses…duh…dice! Each player (up to four) receives a set of colored six-sided dice. A standard game of Tumblin’ Dice will occur over a number of rounds equal to the number of players. On your turn you will place one of your dice at the top of the board and push/flick/roll the die so it begins its journey towards the bottom.

Tumblin' Dice by Eagle-Gryphon Games takes curling to another level. Literally. Add dice and a 3-D playing area and you've got an instant classic! - SahmReviews.com

As you can see, each level of the board has a different and increasing multiple printed on it. This will be used for scoring at the end of each round with the number of pips on your dice being multiplied by each level they land on. But just like in curling, getting your dice on the right level doesn’t mean it will be there when the round ends. Each person is taking turns shooting one die and knocking other dice off the board, making them worth nothing, is a valid strategy. But that comes with risks also – it is entirely possible to knock an opponent’s die to a higher-scoring level or even cause it to flip to a higher pip value!

Tumblin' Dice by Eagle-Gryphon Games takes curling to another level. Literally. Add dice and a 3-D playing area and you've got an instant classic! - SahmReviews.com

Scores are totaled once everyone has shot their dice and the player with the highest total score goes first during the next round (just like curling, going last has its advantages). After all rounds are complete, the player with the highest score wins!

Tumblin' Dice by Eagle-Gryphon Games takes curling to another level. Literally. Add dice and a 3-D playing area and you've got an instant classic! - SahmReviews.com

Tumblin’ Dice is recommended for 2-4 players, but can also be played as teams to accommodate more by splitting up the dice. Advertised for ages 13+, this is definitely a case of product testing getting in the way of an accurate recommendation. Tumblin’ Dice can be enjoyed and successfully played by ages as young as 5 or 6. If they are old enough to roll a dice and have opponents that can help them with their multiplication skills, then Tumblin’ Dice is perfect for them.

You’ll find Tumblin’ Dice on Amazon for around $90 shipped. Yes, that is a lot for a game, but please note this is not a cardboard board game. The entire game is made from wood and will outlast most of us. Compared to other games where it is so easy to make them unplayable by tearing one card or spilling a drink on the play money, Tumblin’ Dice is a bargain!

As always, be sure to check out Eagle-Gryphon Games’ website as well as their Twitter and Facebook feeds to see what they have in the works. I hear rumors of a couple exciting Kickstarter campaigns – might be the time to jump on them so you don’t have to wait months for a retail copy like we did with Tumblin’ Dice!

Which do you prefer, curling or shuffleboard?

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

12 comments on «Tumblin’ Dice Dexterity Game Overview»

  1. This game looks like a lot of fun! I may have to get this as a family Christmas gift this year. We love a good challenge and my oldest who is 9 loves board games!! I have Amazon Prime so I will definitely look there for this game. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Lisa Collins says:

    That is a really cool game board! I love dice games with the family and I could see everyone having fun with this one!

  3. Jolleen says:

    This looks so fun! We love board games in our house. And make a family night of it AT LEAST once a week. This particular game looks like something my husband would be amazing at. He is quite talented when it comes to precision! 🙂

  4. Ave says:

    What a fun game, especially for people who are interested in curling. I really like the games that are made of durable materials, even if the cost more than normal ones.

  5. Crystal says:

    My kids love to play games. Now that they’re getting older they’re getting much more competitive. Think we’d all have fun with this one.

  6. I think I prefer shuffleboard. This looks like a really fun and engaging fame for the whole family.

  7. Andrew W says:

    Does the board fold or collapse at all for better storage?

    1. Scott says:

      Since it’s wood, there is no folding involved. It does come apart pretty easily to fit back into the box, but would require assembly each time.

      We’ve heard of others gluing theirs together permanently, but this would obviously make storage an issue.

      1. Andrew W. says:

        Thanks, looks like this will need to live in a closet 🙂

  8. Jhumki Nag says:

    This is such a cool game and will be total fun for kids. My cousins will love it. Must try!!

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