Dizzle Review

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Dizzle - Stronghold Games - $19.95

Game title: Dizzle

Game description: In Dizzle, players want to fill their scorecards with dice collected Each round. Players take turns selecting dice from the center of the table. After the first die is collected, the next die collect by a player must be linked physically with the previous dice he or she collected on this Turn. At the end of a round, mark all boxes on your scorecard filled with dice, and then return the dice to the center to start a new round. This might sound simple, but of course, others will compete for the dice you need. Players score in various ways based on how well they fill up their sheet. And don't forget to watch out for those bombs in... Dizzle! If you like that's pretty clever (Ganz Schön Clever) and twice as clever (Doppelt So Clever), then Dizzle will provide hours of fast-paced entertainment!

Overall
3
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Roll-and-write games are entering a renaissance period it seems and Stronghold Games has already released a few hits in the genre. Dizzle, their latest entry, is nothing more than a pad of level cards, dice, and markers, yet it manages to pack a healthy dose of fun as have previous roll-and-writes in the Stronghold lineup. With 4 levels of play, and solo play, Dizzle rolled right into my collection.

Pros

Simple, clever design

Portable and scalable

Solo mode is actually entertaining

Cons

Graphic design is more functional than beautiful

Full Dizzle Review

Roll-and-write games are entering a renaissance period it seems and Stronghold Games has already released a few hits in the genre. Dizzle, their latest entry, is nothing more than a pad of level cards, dice, and markers, yet it manages to pack a healthy dose of fun as have previous roll-and-writes in the Stronghold lineup. With 4 levels of play, and solo play, Dizzle rolled right into my collection.

For those unfamiliar with roll-and-write games, you are most likely not unfamiliar! Roll-and-write games, like Yahtzee, have been around forever, though have become popular once again in the past year or so. A roll-and-write is just that. You roll dice and write something down. In the case of Dizzle, you’re rolling dice, selecting one, putting it on your sheet, and marking down where you placed dice at the end of a turn.

Dizzle comes with a pad of level cards in 4 difficulty levels, each with their own layout and special squares. Level 1 is the perfect entry into the game and its core mechanics. Level 4 provides a challenge for even hardcore roll-and-write lovers. There are even higher levels on the way from Stronghold.

Dizzle Review - Levels
Image is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
Martin, W. E. Sample Scoresheets. 10 Jan. 2019, https://boardgamegeek.com/image/4510287/dizzle.

Admittedly, Dizzle doesn’t look like much on the surface, especially after freshly reading the rules and looking at a level 1 card. Once you start playing, however, it is a much different story. Dizzle is about making good choices, both which dice to pick on your turn and where to place them. Do you go straight for points, or bombs to force other players to take negative points? Locked areas generally have great bonuses behind them, but you need to expend dice to get to the keys first. Want to gamble on puzzle pieces? They’re worth nothing unless you get an entire set.

Conclusion

Dizzle isn’t the prettiest game in the world and that’s to be expected. Lots of roll-and-writes are more functional than beautiful. It gets the job done, though. It’s simple to learn/teach, easy to carry around, scales well with different player counts, and has a solo mode that is actually fun. Dizzle provides exactly what you need to have a good time without extra fluff to get in the way.

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