The best thing about the smartphone revolution is the way it has encouraged innovation among game developers. The mobile app stores are constantly awash with new ideas and novel twists on established formulas.
But sometimes it’s good to play something that has stood the test of time, and few games have done that as well as Dice Duel. Based on Dice Poker, that timeless rainy day classic, Dice Duel is a slick, modern, seamlessly multiplayer casual game that never gets old.
In case you’re not aware, the gameplay involves chucking five dice. Each game requires you to tick off various different “hands”, such as a full house, a straight, a flush, and so on, and you get three throws per turn to tick off the hand of your choice.
Choosing which hand to go for and which dice to hold back from one throw to the next is a deep tactical challenge, and Dice Duel strikes a perfect balance between chance and skill.
Naturally, the game avails itself of the smartphone’s capacity for multiplayer goodness with a whole range of different ways to take on other players, either randomly or against a specific opponent, for kicks or for gems. You can have multiple games on the go at once, too, so there’s no chance of being left hanging.
So it’s little wonder that Dice Duel is a hit. In fact, according to developer b-interaktive the app has been at the top of the download charts solidly since 2011.
Specifically, it has dominated the Dice Game category on the German App Store, while remaining in the top 5 Paid, Most Downloaded, and Top Grossing charts for several years, as well as the top 3 Board Games in the same region.
Thanks to constant updates and improvements, as well as a strategy of inviting players to make suggestions and acting on them, Dice Duel’s user base has doubled annually – a growth rate that is literally exponential.