I’ve come to realize that either you like speed games or you don’t – which is similar to people who like games that require great fine motor skills like Jenga or Topple. You’re either good at them and you like them or you stink and you probably hide when someone suggests playing one. (go figure, no one likes losing) Well, in general I like speed games – but I LOVE dice speed games. It goes back to that little dice addiction I have. (Read: “I LOVE Dice Games” Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) So Ligretto Dice definitely gets a thumbs up from me!
You may have heard of Ligretto as it’s a pretty popular card game (and also called Dutch Blitz) but the dice version isn’t quite as popular (but it’s also newer – 2009 versus 1988). But it doesn’t really matter because you don’t need to know anything about the card game to enjoy the dice game! The game is simple, all 24 dice are put in the black bag and each player blindly draws a set number of dice. (12 for a 2-player game, 8 for a 3-player game, etc.) The dice go in your cup and when someone yells Ligretto! (or in my world Go!) everyone starts frantically rolling. The goal is to be the first to get rid of all of your dice and you get rid of dice by placing them on the matching spot on the board. There are 4 rows (1 for each color die) and there are spaces showing dice numbered 1-6 in each row and you can’t put your yellow 2 down until someone has placed a yellow 1 and you can’t place a red 4 until there’s a red 1, 2, and 3 on the board. Got it? So once you’ve placed all of the dice on the board that you can, you put the remaining dice back in the cup – including your yellow 2 — and keep rolling.
All of the players are going to be frantically rolling & placing dice, which makes the game a bit chaotic, but it’s also extremely quick. So if you were bested in the first game – go ahead and play a second since you probably have time. There is also a scoring system if you plan on playing a bunch rounds or you’re just that competitive.
Ligretto Dice Stats:
- ~$15 Amazon, some mom & pop retailers (UPDATE: it’s now called Rockin’ Dice from University Games ~$10)
- 2-4 players
- ~3-20 minutes depends on if you are using the games scoring or just playing a couple rounds
- Ages 8 and up (although I’d say 6 and up)