You might have noticed we’ve been playing a lot of dice games as of late. Last week’s Thrift Treasure was Dragon Dice and yesterday’s feature was about the cooperative dice game, Fuji. Dice games of all types are Nicole’s favorite and to be frank, I enjoy them as well. This week we found a promising title at our local Goodwill that combined the excitement of rolling dice with another one of Nicole’s all-time favorite games, Skip-Bo.
Skip-Bo is a card game that she fondly remembers playing with her grandmother on many occasions. We hoped this version, Skip-Bo Dice, would bring back some of those memories and start a new tradition in our family in dice form. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Keep reading to find out why.
Skip-Bo Dice comes in a tin can about the size of a soda pop. Inside the can are a dozen dice in four colors (for up to four players), 17 mission cards and a set of rules. After going through the rules I came to the realization it was just a dumbed-down version of Roll for It, a highly popular dice game by Calliope Games. It is interesting that both were published in 2011, so it seems to be more of a coincidence than one designer copying another.
You and the other players are trying to be the first to collect five of the mission cards. You will roll your three matching-colored dice simultaneously with everyone else in a speed race to match the results of the single turned-over mission card. You can reroll as many dice as you wish, as many times as you like. Once you get all three of your dice to match the card exactly, you will yell out “Skip-Bo” and claim the card.
In addition to standard numbers on a die’s faces, there might also be the letters “SB” (for Skip-Bo). When you roll this result, the SB acts as a wild and can be used in place of any number. There is a limitation though. You can only use one wild per card, so if you roll multiples, you must keep rolling until you get a sequence that only needs one. Once again, the first person to successfully collect five of the mission cards wins the game!
We vastly preferred Roll for It over this Skip-Bo Dice game. If you must have a copy in your collection, take note that Mattel has issued three games under the exact same name over the years and all of them are very different from each other. Your best bet is to grab the right one off of eBay where you’ll find it available in two different can colors – blue or orange.
Have you played the original game of Skip-Bo?