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Review: Voodoo Dice

Posted by on August 31st, 2010 | 1 Comment | Tags: , , ,

Developer: Exkee
Publisher: Ubisoft
Release Date: May 27th 2010
Availability:
Price: $9.99 | £7.99 | €9.99
Players: 1-4
Demo: Yes
Rating: Everyone

What I liked:

  • Decent graphics and sound
  • Plenty of content to keep you busy
  • Multiplayer is solid, if forgettable

What I disliked:

  • It’s a hard game
  • Menu issues compound frustrations

Voodoo Dice will make you curse up a storm. This is a game that certainly knows how to make a player question their own sanity, as they spend more time than they thought possible on a single puzzle, and yet still are unable to pass it and move on to the next level, until they perform all the right steps, in exactly the order the developers intended.

You play as an ordinary six figured dice, in a quest to solve as many puzzles as is humanly possible. The puzzles all take their time to introduce new elements to the player slowly, but once the game starts piling on the mechanics, you may find it hard to keep up. Voodoo Dice is a game that starts off challenging, and then quickly goes up in difficulty. I was having troubles with puzzles at the beginning of world 2 (there’s 4 worlds in total), and I’m usually of an acceptable skill level in puzzle games of this sort. It really doesn’t help that the game lacks a dedicated “reset” button, as this would have alleviated navigating through the relatively slow menus in order to restart, as one move can sometimes mess up an entire level, forcing a restart. I would have loved a feature akin to a rewind button, where I would have been able to reverse my mistake, and carry on playing, but the game doesn’t provide any such feature, and the constant restarts, due to the trial and error nature of some sections, can get frustrating.

There’s certainly enough content in Voodoo Dice to keep you busy, with each world containing a fairly large amount of levels, and you rarely need more than 2/3 of them completed in order to progress onwards to the next world.

Voodoo Dice is a hard game, but not without its redeeming qualities. It’s by no means terrible, but the frustrating core gameplay can sometimes lead you to unspeakable rage, and maybe even a bit of controller throwing, if that’s your thing. On a whole, Voodoo Dice is good, but nothing spectacular.

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