Version Reviewed: 1.19.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S
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Tiny Dice Dungeon is a free-to-play dungeon-crawler that asks players how much risk they are willing to take on while fighting monsters in search for loot. Despite some frustrations that come with this title being free-to-play, and some randomness thanks to its combat dice system, Tiny Dice Dungeon manages to remain enjoyable primarily because of its depth and attention to detail.
Much like all dungeon-crawlers, Tiny Dice Dungeon has players fighting off hordes of enemies in order to get gear, and this gear helps the player fight even more powerful enemies that appear later in the game. Tiny Dice Dungeon separates itself from the typical dungeon-crawler through its battle system that determines attack power based on a push-your-luck style dice mechanic. Players have a certain number of dice associated with their character. When it's their character's turn to attack, they choose which dice to roll and how many times they wish to roll them. As players roll more dice, their attack power goes up - unless they roll a one. If players roll a one, they forfeit their turn without dealing any damage at all.
This risk/reward combat system is often fun, although its randomness can be frustrating sometimes. Luckily, Tiny Dice Dungeon is so much more than a simple dungeon-crawler with a dice combat mechanic. With RPG elements, a monster capture system, dice modifications, and more, there's plenty that players can do to create a winning strategy that compensates for the game's random elements.
The most unfortunate part of Tiny Dice Dungeon is actually its free-to-play model. The game is riddled with things players can purchase for ways to keep progressing at a normal rate, though no apparent way to make a one-time purchase to avoid all of that stuff. This wouldn't be as big a problem if the game had a resting system, which makes playing the game in long stretches without paying hardly possible.
All that being said, Tiny Dice Dungeon is great in short bursts, even for free players. Revisiting old dungeons doesn't feel like too much of a grind because there are always new monsters to capture. Because of Tiny Dice Dungeon's depth and detail, it avoids feeling like a slog, even if its annoying free-to-play trappings drag it down at times.