It’s been a while since I’ve talked about an app, so let’s do it. Recently, much of my time has been sucked up by social gaming apps on my phone. You know the types: Words with Friends and Draw Something. SongPop. Dice with Buddies is one of only three that I have on my phone, and I’ve been enjoying it. It’s essentially Yahtzee, but I bet the devs can’t call it that. ;) However, you know exactly how to play if you’ve ever played that other game before.
You know the drill: sign in with Facebook, find your friends and start a game. If people aren’t playing, find a stranger. Plus, this game is available on a variety of devices — Android, Facebook and iOS — which means more of your own friends are likely to be playing. Unfortunately, the Kindle Fire version isn’t free, but it exists. A few of my friends have played, and I’ve found all the strangers I’ve been playing with are really good at rematching, so I haven’t been bored. However, searching for a random buddy takes a long time and the game seems to lag. I always have to close it and come back later, at which point the new game will be waiting for me to go.
This uses simple touch controls to roll, choose the dice to keep and roll again. You can choose where to put points — or not put them if you’re not very good. There’s an add after every turn, however, which is annoying. It’s not glitchy, though. You can sometimes bypass it by pressing the back button quickly as it loads. The screens are organized well and fairly polished.
The design is maybe more cluttered than SongPop, but it’s aiming to be sleek. I like the actual game screen better than the home screen of the app, but you don’t ever have to look at the home page. A “folder” slides up from the bottom, letting you navigate to your next match from the same screen. The stats screen is probably the best designed in the game, but I don’t find the interface as obnoxious as some.
You can chat with all your buddies for free, too, which is nice. There’s no cost to chat, and you don’t have to pay anything to just enjoy a game. That’s always nice. Dice With Buddies is fast paced, and you don’t need to give it quite as much attention as SongPop, which I also play. Feel free to invite me if you’re my Facebook friend. I’ll probably not win, though, as you can see from my win ratio. LOL