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Dicefolk

Preview: Dicefolk is One to Watch for Strategy Roguelike Fans

If you’re a fan of turn-based roguelike games, consider Dicefolk your next must-have. Using action dice instead of cards, this is an easy-to-learn and hard-to-put-down strategy game that we’re very much looking forward to playing more of.

Imagine something like Slay the Spire, but instead of your actions being determined by a hand of cards, they’re laid out by a roll of three dice. Each die has various actions on: there are the basics of course, like attack and add armour. You can also rotate your party of three, putting a new party member front-and-centre. And as you play, you’ll be able to change up your dice, adding new actions to them. What’s really interesting, though, is you’re also in charge of your enemies’ actions.

That doesn’t mean you can just choose for them to not attack. You have to make the moves laid out on each die, but you get to choose the order. It’s here where you’ll need to use most strategy in Dicefolk. Rotating enemies before attacking means you might suffer a lesser blow, for example. Or having them attack first before you use your own dice could offer you a tactical advantage.

Dicefolk
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You see, each character in your party can also have a number of items equipped to them. Maybe there’s a random piece of equipment that simply buffs their attack power. Or perhaps there’s something a bit special: we had one that gave a character more attack power once the enemy had used all their dice. That gave us a distinct tactical advantage then – providing we could get that enemy up in front by rotating our party, we could hit the enemy harder than usual.

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There are lots of similarly nuanced elements to Dicefolk, and it all depends on what items are equipped to your party members. Of course, there’s an element of luck involved: you never know what dice you’re going to roll, and the equipment that’s available to you is also randomised. But it means no two runs through the game will ever be alike, giving it endless replayability.

It helps that it looks wonderful, too. Dicefolk sports a colourful 2D art style, with excellent monster and character designs. We can’t help but be reminded of Pokémon with some of the monster designs, which is no bad thing.

Dicefolk one to definitely keep your eye on – particularly if you’re a fan of turn-based strategy roguelikes. We certainly can’t wait to play more, that’s for sure. And we won’t have to wait too long, either: it’s launching on PC via Steam on 27th February – just three weeks away. There’s also a free demo you can try out right now.

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