Dicey Dungeons

Cover Art - Dicey Dungeons
Become a giant walking dice and battle to the end of an ever-changing dungeon! Can you escape the cruel whims of Lady Luck?
Platforms Xbox One S/X, Xbox Series S/X, Nintendo Switch, Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Android, iOS
Developer Terry Cavanagh
Publisher Terry Cavanagh Games
Player Count 1
HomePage https://diceydungeons.com/

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August 29th, 2022

Earlier in the week, I was looking for something a little different to play. Something I could spend a little time with, but could happily put back down after an hour or two to get back to Xenoblade Chronicles. I wasn’t sure what I was going to play that also did not involve firing up laptops or moving from the couch. Looking through the Switch, I noticed Dicey Dungeons had slipped off my home page.

I haven’t played Dicey Dungeons in ages. It’s a simple premise, and close to a board game in digital form. I don’t know why I stopped playing it – probably distracted by other games. Having it drop off the Switch home row didn’t help.

You play a character that has been turned into a die and must fight your way through a dungeon to win your freedom. Who is putting you through all of this? Lady Luck, of course!

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Well, the sorceress is a sore loser!

Dicey Dungeons isn’t a new game, but it is great to pick up and put down like this. A bit of a gaming palette cleanser. The game itself is quite fun and a little bit of a roguelike. Each character has slightly different rules, and the dungeons themselves are not set in stone. This makes playing Dicey Dungeons a fun puzzle to work out each run.

Playing the game is simple – roll dice, then try and assign those dice to different powers. It sounds simple and boring to sum up, but after a game or two Dicey Dungeons can set an itch you want to scratch. It’s just rolling dice – it can’t be this hard to finish!

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It sounds simple, but there is more game here than people realise

I am playing on Switch, and portable is a great way to play Dicey Dungeons. You can pick it up and put it down when you want to spend a couple of minutes playing. If you have Game Pass though, I suggest firing up Dicey Dungeons on your PC or Xbox. Give it a try and see if you like it, then grab it on your phone or Switch for portable play.

February 22nd, 2023

There were quite a few games I played on the Switch last weekend, but most were just quick runs to see how the new joy-con repairs went. One game though bought a smile when I saw it, and I proceeded to swing back and play it after ‘testing’ the Switch. That game was Dicey Dungeons.

It had been quite some time since I had played Dicey Dungeons, but I quickly got back into the groove. Essentially being a board game, and one that shares some mechanics with One Deck Dungeon, it wasn’t hard.

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You need to defeat five levels of opponents

What was a challenge from the last time I played was completing some missions. I had hit a progress wall. So what I needed was coming back to Dicey Dungeons after a few months it seems!

The basic play doesn’t seem all that exciting, especially when you compare it to other video games. But this is where I call Dicey Dungeons more of a digital board game than a ‘video game’. I keep it here only because there is no physical version to pick up.

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Dice placement 101 – Roll die, place them where you can to use abilities, and repeat.

Unfortunately, all I can say is games like Slay the Spire or even One Deck Dungeon have more traditional ‘game’ and may hold more interest for you. Without delving into a full review, it’s hard to sum up quickly why.

If you have Game Pass, jump on and give Dicey Dungeons a look and you will see what I mean. The only reason I would say Dicey Dungeons is best on Switch is that you want to take advantage of that small-bite gameplay.

Sitting down for a multi-hour Dicey Dungeons session on your Xbox or PC doesn’t make much sense to me. But on the Switch? Perfect match!

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Have a look at last year, and see what I mean about making some progress

March 1st, 2023

Since switching out the Joy-Con joysticks, my Switch has been getting more love lately. Not because of the new controllers, but because of the rediscovery of Dicey Dungeons!

I have been pretty tired the last few nights, and Dicey Dungeons has been a smooth fit. I will be frank – If I didn’t have things to complete in Dicey Dungeons, there is a solid chance I would be playing Vampire Survivors instead. But I do have new tasks, so hello Switch!

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Little by little, progress continues

Again, it’s hard to describe WHY Dicey Dungeons feels good to play. There are random number shenanigans with dice rolls, but Dicey Dungeons is a puzzle at its heart.

When you can clear a level, or work out how to beat the boss with the tools you have randomly acquired, it’s a great feeling. When you lose because you realise too late you played in the wrong order, you want to jump straight in and do it right.

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Working out how to use your spoils effectively is key

If you are curious and have Game Pass, give Dicey Dungeons a try. Playing portably like on the Switch or even Steam Deck is probably the perfect console choice though!