Did you ever want to throw your dice on your opponents during a competitive game? With Asteroid Dice, now you can do it! This frenetic card game featuring giant squishy dice flying over the table will spark buzz, chaos, laughter, and a fantastic time!
Camden Games is the publisher of Asteroid Dice. They create games inspired by London’s artsy, creative, lively Camden Town. As the publisher states, they are delighted to design games that are “fun, playful & quirky, with a bit of a twist!”
Asteroid Dice is a party game for two to five players and is suitable for ages eight and above. A game lasts a dozen minutes, making it an ideal casual, filler game.
This preview is based on the core game, but we feature the Kickstarter exclusive sets and add-ons.
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Gameplay – Brawling and Rolling with Asteroid Dice
Asteroid Dice is a game that includes a set of massive, soft dice that range from the essential D6 to the beloved D20 of Dungeons & Dragons fame.
To start the game, every player gets the same seven cards with different values. The aim is to collect cards and get the highest points in your score pile at the end of the game. Five of the cards are associated with one of the five dice. The “I Can’t Diecide” card lets players choose any dice. However, the “Losteroid” card is nasty and sucks your highest-valued card into the void at the end of the game. Make sure to avoid these cards in your score pile!
Each round has four phases. In the first phase, each player chooses one card and places it face down. When everyone is ready, flip over all cards at the same time. If you select a Losteroid card, you can pick a number between 1 and 20, and if that number is rolled during the round, you can put the card in any player’s score pile. The round winner decides where to place the Losteroid card if the number doesn’t come up.
If you select a card nobody else has picked, you can take the corresponding dice and keep your card. However, if more than one player chooses the same card, it’s time to “brawl”! When matching cards are revealed, players race to grab the dice and throw them at another player with a matching card. The winner of the “brawl” is the last player to get hit. If the matching cards are “I Can’t Diecide” or “Losteroid”, players can choose any dice to throw at their opponents. The winner gets the loser(s) cards.
Next, it’s time to pick your dice. Dice cardholders select the dice that match their cards. “I Can’t Diecide” cardholders can choose any dice before “Losteroid” cardholders. Finally, the losers of the brawl can pick from the leftover dice.
Roll your dice in order of the dice that has the most sides. You can knock other players’ dice off trying to lower their score. The player who rolls the highest number at the end of the turn takes all cards in play to their score pile.
The game ends when all players have played their seven cards, and the player with the highest points in their score-pile wins.
Review – Throwing dice has never been this fun
Asteroid Dice is a funny party game with simple rules and straightforward hand management. It relies on dexterity and push-your-luck mechanics to deliver a satisfying gaming experience. It is all about randomness and not much about tactics, but that is the essence of its playful game design. Asteroid Dice isn’t a complicated Eurogame; it’s about having fun with friends.
The main characteristic of Asteroid Dice is the absurdity of the game’s material involvement, as embodied by the giant squishy dice players can throw at each other. It is a wacky novelty, but that makes the game humorous and fun. When people start throwing dice at one another, laughter breaks out, and it is contagious.
The squishy dice have a tactile feel that reminds one of anti-stress balls. It is certainly possible to use them that way when you are not playing the game. You can also use the squishy dice during your RPG sessions to add an extra touch of silliness to your game. You cannot deny that it would be highly amusing to throw your squishable giant D20 at your Game Master when fighting a D&D monster. Beware, your Game Master may not find it as funny as you will!
The artwork is simple but effective. You can instantly understand the elements on the cards, which is crucial to fast-paced gameplay. There is wit in the details, such as the funny names of the cards and the packaging that looks like a vintage arcade. Artwork design is undoubtedly not an afterthought.x`
Asteroid Dice relishes in not taking itself seriously, and it shouldn’t. The game’s absurdity and silly nature stand out in the party game genre. It is the perfect game to play with your wildest friends in the pub. It is sure to catch people’s attention and encourage them to want to join in the action.
It should be noted that Asteroid Dice leans heavily on random elements and lacks strategic depth, which may not satisfy gamers seeking more complex gameplay. Additionally, while the initial excitement of throwing giant squishy dice adds novelty, it might lose its charm over time, potentially leading to a lack of long-term appeal However, Asteroid Dice offers a unique and engaging gameplay experience with its giant squishy dice that can be thrown among players, creating a tactile and entertaining atmosphere. This fun and lighthearted party game caters to all age groups, fostering social interaction and a sense of healthy competition. However,
Ultimately, social involvement is the key to the success of this game. Players throw dice at others and toss dice over others’ dice. Asteroid Dice is insanely competitive with unpredictable push-your-luck mechanics. Yet, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose; it’s all about your comical interaction with other players and the satisfying game experience. Simple, quick, and fast-paced gameplay provides high replayability and the feeling of “just one last game” of giant squishy dice flying towards you; dodge, evade and have fun!