Published by: Greenbrier Games
# of Players: 2 to 5
While Ninja Dice is a compact, quick game, the components are a step above what you will usually receive. There is no game box, instead there is a a cloth padded bag that is shaped like a ninja head. Inside you will find dice and plastic coins. The coins are nice and above what I would expect for this type of game. I can see me using them instead of cardboard money in other games. The dice remind me of the quality of Bang! the Dice game. Thick plastic dice that are engraved and have paint in the recesses. The instructions are a folded up page that is double sided. The rules took going over a couple of times to better understand how the game works. Some questions you may have while reading will be answered later in the instruction book or may have been glanced over prior. Everything fits nicely inside the ninja head and zips up to prevent spillage.
Ninja Dice is a push your luck game that has you trying to complete all the objectives of the house you are invading before the other players roll 4 hourglasses. The game will be played over 3 rounds with houses rising in difficulty each round. The first player will have the 5 skill dice (picture on the left). The player to the right will receive a certain amount of house dice depending on the round. This player and all other players minus the first player will also receive a threat die. The player with the house dice will roll them onto the table and put them in a line to form the house. This will represent all the challenges the ninja will face trying to beat this house. Any guards or residents that are placed next to each other have to be beat by the same type of skill roll. This means that if you choose to use a stealth die against the a guard, if there is another guard die next to it, they must also be defeated by stealth. Sometimes the way the house player places the dice will make the dungeon very hard or very easy. Though a lot is based a lot on the luck of the rolls.
I came into this game knowing nothing about it. The cloth ninja head peaked my curiosity and I am usually a fan of dice games. Ninja Dice does a good job of being compact enough to take anywhere you want, but providing a full push your luck, dice game. There is a lot of luck of the dice and even with how and where they are rolled. I saw a few times where someone rolled 3 fortunes but each one was pointing away from the other dice. The theme I felt was kind of pasted on, but for a filler game you can not expect too much theme to begin with. The game plays pretty fast and is very easy to teach. Players usually take a round or 2 to fully understand the game. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good filler dice game. I will add to my filler game collection that I bring with me to many places for those times when a quick game is needed. The game is easy enough to understand that kids should be able to handle it and enjoy it. Ninja Dice surprised me with the components and the game is worth it for the coins alone. This is a good game to help put you over the edge for free shipping on online orders.
+ Quality of Components
+ good mix of push your luck and using the table as your board
+ Compact and easy to travel with
+ Quick play time and easy to teach
- Ninja theme feels pasted on
- Very dependent on luck of the dice
- Rule book needs to be read over carefully