Phase 10 Dice Review
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Players: 1+ (ages 8+)
Playing Time: approx. 30 minutes

Phase 10 Dice mixes the rules of the card game Phase 10 with the dice format of Yahtzee, adding a new twist to two old favorites.

As in Phase 10, players take turns trying to complete all 10 phases, in order—only with dice instead of cards. Everyone starts with phase one, trying to roll two sets of three-of-a-kind. Each player begins by rolling 10 four-colored dice (six of which are printed with the numbers 5-10, and four of which are printed with the numbers 1-4 and W, for Wild). After the first roll, the player can set aside any dice she thinks will help her complete the phase. Then she re-rolls the remaining dice. Players have three rolls to complete the phase, substituting a Wild for a number if necessary. At the end of three rolls, if the player successfully completes the phase, she adds up the points on the dice used to complete the phase and enters her score onto the score sheet. On her next turn, she’ll move on to phase two. If she isn’t able to complete the phase after three rolls, however, she’ll have to try again on her next turn.

The object of the game is to get the most points by the end of the game—but you need to move quickly to do so. The first player to complete the tenth phase gets a 40-point bonus—and once one player has completed all ten phases, the rest of the players get one last chance to complete a phase before the final score is tallied. In other words, if you haven’t finished phases nine and ten, you won’t get the chance to earn those points. So Phase 10 Dice is a race to finish all 10 phases before your opponents—collecting the most points possible along the way.

Since it comes in a compact tin—and since you can play it wherever there’s a flat surface—Phase 10 Dice is a wonderfully portable game. It’s just the thing to take along on family vacations. And, like both Phase 10 and Yahtzee, it’s quick and easy for players of all ages to learn. In fact, if you know how to play the other two games, it takes almost no time at all.

Though it still requires a small time commitment, it doesn’t take quite as long to play Phase 10 Dice as it does to play the card version. And you don’t even need an opponent to play. If you’ve got some time to kill, you can play solo—competing against yourself for your personal high score. So whether it’s family game night or you just want a way to pass the time by yourself, Phase 10 Dice is a fun and easy option. Fans of Phase 10 and/or Yahtzee, especially, will want to give this one a try.

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