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Newton’s Dice HD review (iPad)

September 30, 2011

“You gotta roll me, and call me the tumblin’ dice”

10 word description: 3D dice simulator, Hi-res graphics, two games, AI opponent.

10 word review: Good looking, highly polished. More game types would be great.

It's easy to get excited about the physics. I turned the rotating camera off as it made me feel a bit sick

You will like this if you enjoy: Dice games. Board games with realistic graphics. Games without any shooting, zombies or uppity wildlife.

This is my favourite screenshot. It's like a "Dice Robot Man"... Good screenshots are quite hard to take in this game; it would be nice to be able to pause at any time during the dice roll

The good news: Impressive graphics and dice physics – the realism/randomness of the physics means that it’s possible for crooked rolls to occur, with one die even ending up on top of another. Playing against an AI opponent is engaging and addictive – the AI doesn’t get any unfairly biased rolls, at least none that I’ve noticed.

The dice shaker looks a bit like an unfortunate waste paper bin. I'd prefer a bit more detail on it, maybe a logo or something

The bad news: Only plays in portrait mode. It isn’t possible to pause, exit or otherwise interrupt during the AI player’s turn (apart from pressing the Home button). You have to set your player name twice, once for each of the two game types. More game modes would be great. Something I’d love to see, but would involve a major graphical update, would be the inclusion of poker dice. That could even be done as a separate app using the same engine. So, yeah, not really any bad news as such, just me wanting more as usual.

Games of chance rock, as you can randomly kick AI butt with virtually zero skill and, if you lose, just blame your bad luck

Arcadelife verdict: The graphics and physics, fairly obviously, are the primary attributes here. I think the game will appeal to iPad owners who generally aren’t into “playing games” but will appreciate the polish and realism of the dice rolling. At the risk of insulting both Newton’s Dice and my own literary standards, this is very much a coffee table game. That isn’t a bad thing, by the way, it’s just my attempt at categorisation. It could have been worse, I could have referred to this game as Infinity Blade for chartered accountants … but I didn’t.

I'm not too sure about the winning celebration, it looks like you're being mobbed by paparazzi Mysterons

Arcadelife rating: 79/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
iTunes link

Newton’s Dice website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3.5)
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