My wife tends to really like dice games, so in the Fall of 2009 when we placed a game order we included this game. We were hoping to find a game that would offer a lot of dice rolling as well as some meaningful choices. So did Roll Through the Ages deliver what we wanted or did it roll up short?
On a player's turn they will roll a die for each city they have. Players will be getting four types of resources: workers, food, coins, and goods. A player can roll up to three times, locking dice they want to save. The only dice that can not be rolled are disasters. Disasters dice provide two goods each, but rolling two will cause disasters which give negative points. After rolling dice players will collect food, and they will pay food for each city they control. If a player does not have enough food they will lose points. Next players will use any workers they rolled to build. Players can apply workers to new cities, which will give more dice (and require more food) or to monuments that give victory points. The first person to build a monument will get more points. After building players may build a development. Players can use collected goods or rolled coins (worth a base of 7) to build developments. Developments provide points and a wide variety of special abilities, such as increasing resources, the value of certain dice, and other things. The game will end when one player builds five developments or all of the monuments are collectively built between all of the players. Which ever player has the most points wins.
The Game We Played
We actually played this game using the iOS app. I got off to a good start, but after a couple of rounds I had a hard time rolling workers. My wife, had no problem rolling workers though and she was able to build the two buildings that were worth the most. We both got five developments built. I do not remember the scores, but my wife scored a lot more points than me.
My Rating: 3 (It's OK)
My Thoughts: I do appreciate that this game takes the "Yahtzee" decision and adds some good decisions. However, I do not like the multiplayer solitaire aspect of the game.
Her Rating: 3.5 (It's OK)
Her Thoughts: It is fun, quick, and I like rolling dice.
Combined Rating: 6.5
This game is one that we still enjoy playing together. It might not be my favorite, but it is one we will play from time to time. Especially with the app. I think we have actually played the app more than the physical game at this point.