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Dice Game Review: Pizza Party

DICEcapades! brought about a whole slew of dice, both familiar and wildly new, to tabletops everywhere. Haywire Group is not at all finished being dice-happy. The DICEcapades! empire expands with a new fast-paced mini-game, Pizza Party. Rather than being an expansion, Pizza Party is independent of DICEcapades! but continues its dice-tacular theme of zany fun with unpredictable dice. In this new take on bones-rolling, the six-sided dice are outfitted with a unique topping on each side: pepperoni, sausage, shrimp, mushrooms, bacon, and anchovies. The pack also comes with forty “Slice Cards,” each bearing a different collection of toppings for the…

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DICEcapades! brought about a whole slew of dice, both familiar and wildly new, to tabletops everywhere. Haywire Group is not at all finished being dice-happy. The DICEcapades! empire expands with a new fast-paced mini-game, Pizza Party.

party_pizzaRather than being an expansion, Pizza Party is independent of DICEcapades! but continues its dice-tacular theme of zany fun with unpredictable dice. In this new take on bones-rolling, the six-sided dice are outfitted with a unique topping on each side: pepperoni, sausage, shrimp, mushrooms, bacon, and anchovies. The pack also comes with forty “Slice Cards,” each bearing a different collection of toppings for the desired slice.

Pizza Party’s art is colorful and eye-catching. The use of checkerboard green creates a style reminiscent of a quaint pizzeria. No one has dice quite like these specialized toppings, and they would make an excellent collection for a dice-enthusiast.

The game itself begins with each player receiving five topping dice and a Slice card with the rest of the cards facedown in the center of the table. Players flip their Slices simultaneously and race to roll dice to match the symbols on the card. When symbols match, the player sets the corresponding dice on the card and rerolls to match more. When it’s full, the player empties the card and grabs another, keeping the cycle going. The first player to build a “pie” of six cards wins.

As a dice-rolling game, Pizza Party is largely luck-based. Skill comes into the game in a player’s reflexes, recognizing the symbols on the dice and rerolling as quickly as possible. Different cards have different numbers of toppings required to complete them, mostly five, but a few with only one or two. A lucky draw of six easy cards will have a player dominate over someone taking fives over and over again.

DICEcapades! Pizza Party is a game for two players aged six and up. Since games are identical, players may easily add a second set to adapt it to three or four players. Pizza Party is a very quick game, lasting only a few minutes for each round. Younger players will probably enjoy Pizza Party the most, loving the thrill and speed of racing to roll those dice along with the fun theme of pizza-making. With a steady mechanic, the gameplay will bring players back again and again.

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