Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Fall 2012 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Stratus Games
Price: $24.99

Just as it sounds, DiceAFARI is a dice game with a safari theme. The game starts with players selecting a map card and using random safari tiles (representing six different types of terrain) to replicate the animal-shaped map on the table. Photos of four different wild animals are randomly placed on outlined squares that bridge every two tiles. Players take turns rolling five dice, with illustrations corresponding to the types of terrain, to try to claim (by placing a colored travel token) two to four tiles on the map and collect the photos between them. Bonus spaces can be earned by rolling a bonus die. The game ends when all the photos have been claimed and all players have had at least three turns. Points are scored based on the number and type of animal photos claimed and the number of travel tokens left on the map.

We played the game cooperatively as we learned it and the four pages of instructions became more clear. Optional rules provided in the instructions can make the game more challenging and strategic. There are a lot of pieces and cards/tiles to manage in this game, making it seen over-complicated, though it really isn't. Also, the terrain symbols on the dice do not obviously match the color of those on the terrain tiles. Still, it is a fun and strategic game, and the game tiles, tokens and photos are made of sturdy stock that will last.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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