Reviews - Updated on March 29, 2022

The game of dice is one of the oldest entertainments in the history of mankind: according to some sources, people have been throwing dice for about four thousand years. Now, in addition to gambling and not so games, all kinds of variations of cubes are used even in mathematics – with their help, for example, it is easy to illustrate the basics of probability theory. Video games also did not stand aside – and how could it be otherwise for RPGs that grew out of board games, the symbol of which are dice.

We are already accustomed to being sad or rejoicing at which particular faces fell out during the throw of the dice. Dice Legacy from DESTINYbit went even further: how do you like the strategy, where all your units are those same dice?

Throwing dice

It is noticeable that it was the originality of the idea that was a priority for the developers. For example, the world here is not a ball or even a flat “pancake” (nothing surprising for fantasy), but a huge ring hanging among the stars. People live on the inner side of this ring, and we have to play the role of one of the local rulers, who goes with his people in search of a new land and, after a long sea voyage, establishes a new kingdom.

A standard real-time strategy game that seems to be Dice Legacy. But the rest of the game will no longer be so similar to its counterparts in the genre. The main difference, of course, is in the units: as I said, dice act in their role. These are the most common six-sided dice, but instead of numerical values, the types of work that the cube can perform are displayed on their faces. On the map, there are “points of interest” – buildings, resources, camps of other factions and similar places where the work of our subordinates is necessary. We roll the dice and look at what has fallen: the “sword” can be sent into battle, the “hammer” is suitable for construction, and the “compass” is for reconnaissance.

Dice Legacy: Review

A steam generator will come in handy in winter – if you have fuel in stock, of course.

Dropped not the line that is now needed? Either wait until the possibility of application appears, or throw a new one. In the second case, remember that each roll reduces the strength of the die, which can “die” for this reason. After the work is completed, the die is returned to the pool, but becomes inactive until the next roll, so you still have to spend durability, even if you are lucky with the edges.

The number of cubes is limited (we start with five, and a maximum of a dozen), so you have to carefully monitor the condition of your subjects. In addition to reducing durability (replenished in the dining room), they are threatened with frostbite, disease, damage and wounds received in battles. With the help of buildings, you can heal cubes, upgrade their skills (increasing the strength of a particular face), and even build “constructs” from several subordinates – special cubes with special properties. Do not forget that buildings also need to be built, and resources must be obtained. There is also a research tree where new buildings are unlocked. Despite the original idea with units, the features of the classic strategy are fully present here.

Dice Legacy: Review

Building a catapult in the depths of enemy defenses is the shortest path to victory.

class question

Cubes are much more “human” than it seems at first glance. For example, they can reproduce. To do this, it is enough to place two cubes in one house – after a while you will have one more unit. And cubes also have “estates” – also just like people. We start with the usual “peasants”, but by placing a die in a training building, you can get a specialized subordinate: a citizen, a warrior, a monk, or a merchant. They differ in color and a set of faces – if you take a soldier’s cube, then it has as many as three faces with “swords”, one of which has double power. There are also unique skills that are inherent only to one class – for example, only townspeople can do research.

Dice Legacy: Review

Surviving winter is not so easy – crops do not grow, frozen cubes are inaccessible for work, and enemies still continue to attack.

Estates have a happiness meter that changes depending on the player’s actions. If there are too many dissatisfied, then a riot can begin, but lucky dice work better and give a small buff during the execution of tasks.

In addition to internal affairs, there was a place for foreign policy: on the opposite side of the map, mysterious Others live, who periodically raid our miniature kingdom, plus here you can meet local tribes with whom you are allowed to both fight and be friends.

Finally, in order to certainly not be bored, you will have to fight not only with the enemy, but also with nature. Despite the strange shape of the world, the seasons also change in it – you need to prepare for each winter ahead of time, and certain features (like steam generators for heating) make you remember another original strategy – Frostpunk.

If we get lucky

Speaking of strategies. If we try to determine the genre of Dice Legacy after a closer acquaintance, then the statement that we have RTS will no longer be so categorical. Here you can find elements of tower defense – because of the constant bandit raids, you have to build defenses and send your soldiers to intercept the raiders. A lot of attention will have to be paid to time management: given that the unit spends time on each task, you begin to calculate the work plan in advance so as not to roll the dice once again or not be left without free hands at the moment when workers are urgently needed.

Dice Legacy: Review

Dice Legacy: Review

At the beginning of the scenario, you can choose a ruler (each has its own characteristics) and starting conditions.

Bagels, which are fashionable now, are not forgotten either. The ubiquitous randomness that accompanies every roll of the dice is a key element of the gameplay. More than once you will have to desperately roll the last dice in the hope that the right edge with the sword will fall out at the moment when the enemy is about to break the important building.

From the “bagels” got such a feature as the focus on multiple passage. After the first victory, everything is just beginning – new rulers and scenarios become available (like eternal winter), and if you wish, you can increase the complexity and use “ascended” cubes – units sent with the help of a special building “to heaven” are available at the start of a new game.

Despite the external unpretentiousness, the battle scenes cause a lot of tension – sometimes the fate of the kingdom is decided in them.

Don’t be fooled by the cartoony graphics and simple-looking gameplay. In fact, Dice Legacy is a rather hardcore game in which, despite a large element of chance, you need to think ahead and make important strategic decisions. Random, on the other hand, helps to create especially dramatic moments, without which what is happening in the ring world would be too insipid.

Pluses: original idea of ​​units-cubes; genre-blending gameplay.

Cons: training does not reveal all aspects of the game; too stupid adversary.

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