Australian Council on Children and the Media

Dice with Buddies - Scopely

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Game of chance and decision making skills in which points are scored according to the configuration of the dice rolled.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Dice with Buddies was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 2 April 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Dice with Buddies
Developed by: Scopely
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Facebook
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+ iTunes, 13+ Facebook
ACCM suggested age: 5+, 13+ if playing through Facebook
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Dice with Buddies contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

There are no levels in this game

App description

This is a game of chance based on the popular Yahtzee game.  The game is played with a partner (buddy) and the object is to score more points than your partner. Some decision making skills are needed to play this game.

Reviewers comments

The game is played by rolling the five dice and scoring by nominating which of the configurations you wish to use, either: the total number of ones, twos, threes, fours, fives and sixes or three of a kind, four of a kind, a full house (3 of a kind + 2 of a kind), a small straight (four in a row), a large straight (five in a row), five of a kind or a chance score.

The player gets three rolls of the dice before play moves to the other player. If a roll of the dice is discarded however, no points are scored from that particular roll. Some skill is required in deciding which of the configurations to score from.

In App purchasing

There are opportunities to pay for features such as:

An ad free version for $2.99

Scoop of bonus rolls $2.99

Pile of bonus rolls and remove ads $10.49

Pile of bonus rolls $10.49

Online information

A partner is needed to play this game and the player can choose an online friend from their list of contacts, facebook or a random ‘match me’. Alternatively they can play with another local player. If this game is played on Facebook, the App requires the player’s basic info, email address and birthday.

Gambling

None found during time of review.

Advertising and product placement

Adverts appear during the use of this app mainly for other games but on Facebook there are adverts for products, services and games.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

The ability to pay for bonus rolls suggests that advantage can be gained by payment.

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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