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Games Where The Dice
Are The Stars
 

Whether it's the behind-the-scenes calculations of a video game or the secondary mechanics of a board game, dice rolls are often the unsung heroes of the gaming world. This list is their moment to shine and get the plaudits they so rightly deserve.

The games in this list wear their dice on their sleeve, making them the star of the show. Some of them even turn the dice into characters of their own.
 
This list includes 23 games from the last 68 years, with 174 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play games with dice. We break them down into the following areas:

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Dice Are Your Resource

Escape: The Curse of the Temple

Escape: The Curse of the Temple is a cooperative traversal game where teams try and escape an ancient temple before it collapses. You repeatedly roll dice to move from room to room, adding new tiles to the catacombs as you go. Play is against the...

Dice Legacy

Dice Legacy is a city-building simulation game where dice represent your civilians. You roll the dice and then place the skill that lands face-up on the map to gather resources, expand your outpost, or fight hostile invaders in real time. It combines...

Fantastic Factories

Fantastic Factories is a strategy game where you race to build the most efficient set of factories. You collect blueprints, train workers and spend your dice to manufacture as many goods as possible. It's an unusual combination of resource collection,...

Sagrada

Sagrada is a collecting and sequencing dice game where you construct intricate stained glass windows. You choose and place dice on your window to meet different rules, make patterns and score points. It stands out not only for the beautiful patterns you...

Tumble Town

Tumble Town is a world-building game where you compete to build the best town in the Wild West. You play by rolling dice to match patterns on Construction cards and using those dice to build 3D buildings. It is a town planning game where you need both...

Bloom

Bloom is a roll-and-write game where you compete to become the most successful flower seller. You roll dice and mark off colour combinations of flowers to score points. You need to balance allotting dice to individual bouquets or a larger volume of...

Roll For It!

Roll For It! is a push-your-luck dice game where you compete to be the first to forty points. You roll dice to complete point sequences - the more complex, the bigger the score. It is a mix of chance and strategy, where even the savviest of players can...

Die in the Dungeon

Die in the Dungeon is a battle game where you defeat enemies using dice with different powers and effects. Play involves placing combinations of dice on a grid, making use of Scrabble-like multipliers and the dice combinations to trigger powerful...

Cubitos

Cubitos is a traversal game where you race an animal in the annual Cube Cup. You play by rolling dice and moving your animal around the track. It is a game of making your own luck by continually defying the odds and propelling yourself forward over the...

Dice Characters

Cuphead

Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.

Lost in Random

Lost in Random is an adventure where you play an anthropomorphic dice and a young girl called Even. In her world, when she turns 12 she must roll a magical die to be assigned a region to live in and a life to live. But seeing her sister go through this...

Slice and Dice

Slice and Dice is a small retro adventure game you play by rolling dice to progress with your five heroes. More than this, the faces on the dice represent your party and determine not only who can attack or defend but how likely you are to roll them...

Dice Determine Performance

Dicey Dungeons

Dicey Dungeons is a video game adventure where you build a deck of cards to represent characters, attacks and weapons. Here the novelty is that these cards combine with dice rolls to determine who wins battles.

Citizen Sleeper

Citizen Sleeper is a role-play game set in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism. You are an escaped worker exploring a lawless space station, making friends, and (ultimately) trying to escape your past. Each cycle you roll dice and decide how to spend...

Baldur's Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3 is a role-playing game that recreates the Dungeons & Dragons experience in a digital world. You explore the world and fight enemies by rolling dice and weighing up your stats to see what happens. But...

Tharsis

Tharsis is a tough strategy-simulation game where you must survive a doomed mission to Mars. You roll dice whose outcome can either help repair the ship or make things worse by injuring crew mates or causing further damage. The dice foreground the...

Dice Throne

Dice Throne is a battle game where wide-ranging heroes fight for victory. You play by rolling dice to complete specific combinations, collecting cards and activating your powers when you need them. It is a fight to the death that takes place over a...

Baladins

Baladins is a narrative role-play game where you play a troupe of entertainers wandering through the countryside. You visit towns, talk to the locals and complete quests over your a short span of weeks, then start again and have a new adventure. It...

FlickFleet

FlickFleet is a dexterity game where you take your space fleet into battle. You play by flicking ships and using dice to destroy your opponent. Like Subbuteo meets Star Trek, it's an epic struggle for galactic victory that plays out at the tips of your...

Snapshot: Wildlife Photographer

Snapshot: Wildlife Photographer is a push-your-luck game about a photographer looking for the perfect animal snaps. You play by revealing Animal cards, then assigning and rolling dice in order to successfully photograph them. It is a game about risking...

Predict The Dice

Perudo

Perudo (Liars Dice) is a dice game of pushing your luck and communication. Each player rolls five dice under a cup but can only see their own before making a bid on how many dice of a certain number there are in total. It's clever because you can't...

Tens!

Tens! is a colourful puzzle game where you lay blocks of dice into a square aiming to make a row or column of ten points in total. As you complete a ten, you score points and the tiles used are cleared away. The simplicity and vibrancy of this game...

Yahtzee

Yahtzee is a push-your-luck game where you try to score the most points. You play by rolling and then re-rolling select dice to make your target more likely. It is a classic case of push your luck, where sometimes the dice fall in your favour and other...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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