Saturday, May 5, 2007

Doodle Dice

Subject: General
Category: n/a
Ages: 6 and up
# of players: 2 to 6
Time to play: 30 minutes
Mechanics/Game Type: dice rolling, set collection

Ratings (1 to 5)

Educational Value: 3
Gaming value: 4
Aesthetic value: 5
Price value: 5
Ease of play: 5
Younger adaptability: 5

My comments: This inexpensive game is simple to play and lots of fun. It comes with 6 identical dice, and each side of a die has a different "doodle" on it. These doodles are used to construct the doodles on 60 cards in 6 colors. Orange requires 1 die, red 2 dice, yellow 3dice, green 4dice, blue 5 dice, and purple 6 dice to complete the pattern. You flip cards over from the pile to create a gallery, and then you get 3 rolls of the dice, selecting which dice you want to roll again, to match one of the cards. If you match, you keep it. You win when you collect 1 card of each color. The deck also contains 3 Free Roll cards and 2 Block A Turn cards, plus you have the option of trying to take a card from another player (though this really isn't a necessary option too often.) The game also comes with a bright red cup for rollings and storing the dice.

This game is enjoyed by everyone in my family, from my 4 year old on up. The cards are colorful, the dice are a nice size, and the cup makes it easy for even small hands to roll the dice. This type of doodle matching is great to improve math and art skills as well as imaginative and abstract thinking in general. link to this game:

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