Playing Time: 20-30 minutes
As anyone who has visited Las
Vegas can attest, games of chance are quite popular. Whether it’s spinning a wheel in
roulette, pulling a lever on a one-armed bandit, or tossing the dice on the craps table,
people love games where there’s no skill needed (unless one counts the ability to implore
Lady Luck to smile on you with favor).
“Easy Come, Easy Go” is a new game
by Out of the Box Publishing that attempts to bring some of that “papa needs a new pair
of shoes” dice-throwing energy home to your living room. It employs four dice, each with
six sides, numbered zero through five. The object of the game is to roll combinations
that match one of the nine different “prize cards.” For instance, one such card reads “7
exactly,” so to win it, your four dice must add up to 7 exactly. The game ends when one
player collects three cards.
Sound straightforward enough? Well wait,
because there’s a twist. Because not only can you win the unclaimed prize cards, you can
also take them from your opponents. If they’ve already won that “7 exactly” card, and
you happen to roll a 7 exactly a few turns later, that card is now yours, bringing you
one step closer to the three cards needed to win, while taking your opponent down a notch
at the same time. This little catch can make for some big reversals in the game, and can
stop someone cold when they had been on the verge of winning. It adds a lot of
excitement to the game.
“Easy Come, Easy Go” is a fun game for those who
enjoy living and dying by each roll of a couple of dice. It’s easy to set up, and game
play is fast and furious, making it perfect to pull out on a rainy afternoon. And
because it’s so quick, remember: If the dice aren’t rolling your way, there’s always time
for a rematch!