Roll for Your Life Candyman! – Smirk & Dagger Games – Review

Theme and What is it?

In the dice chucker from Smirk & Dagger, you will be rolling for the gladiatorial life of your gingerbread man. I can just imagine in a true Toy Story 4 moment, the gingerbread man, in his squeeky voice, screaming at the crowd, “ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED???”

Your job is to get sets of dice, to slowly and sickly dismember your neighbors cookies. In this allegory parody, set in the Candyland universe, your cookies have had enough. Who knew dismemberment was fun for the whole family?

Gameplay Mechanics

Roll dice. Get four of a kind. If arms, remove a competitors arm; if a leg, remove a competitors leg; if candy, get a special, or if no arms or legs still exist remove a head, then finally a torso, thus ending the round.

Smirk & Dagger knows this game is not rocket science, it’s simple silly fun. Each arm, leg, head torso, or special in your pile gets you points, and he with the most points at the end of three rounds wins. 

 

Initial Impressions

My initial impressions were based off of a conversation with Curt Covert of Smirk & Dagger games roughly a year ago. He was telling me about this parody game, that he found HI-LAR-I-OUS. In standard Covert fashion, he was laughing as he told me about Roll for Your Life. 

My first impression, was simple, I had to see what the joke was, with my own eyes.

Game Build Quality

Chunky dice… Start with chunky dice, and the rest will follow. All joking aside, there is not much to this game, a bit of cardboard, and some nice dice. For what it is, the quality is top-notch. I am waiting for the 3D Candyman upgrade that will never be announced, that will allow you to chuck your dice at the Candyman, for a more visceral feel…

Artistic Direction

Not all games have to take themselves too seriously. This game, does just that, and in spades. 

My only complaint, is that the proper phrase is, “Come at me, brah.” Honestly, I think if this game took itself seriously, it would fail, hard. Smirk & Dagger knew its audience needed a bit of silliness in this holiday season, and it brought it.

Fun Factor

 

I have said more than once, there is no dice chucking game that will make people who hate dice, like dice.

With that being said, if you are up for some silly fun, there 

Age Range & Weight

8+. Small parts. Beyond that, this game could be played by nearly anyone.

Conclusions

I generally gravitate towards heavier games. However, I also like games I can play with my daughter, and feel like I have crushed her soul. 

Honestly, she beat me 3 out of 5 times, and it was still satisfying to watch her reactions while playing, while winning or losing. This game, just plays well, and is silly fun. This will make it to my shelf, just to play with my daughter. Sorry Blood Rage, you’ve got to go…

You need this in your life.

 

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