Rolling America, The Star Spangled Dice Action Game
This is a quick game can be played by one or more players. It’s more about math, strategy and logic than geography. It comes with a pad of 100 maps that look like a pixilated abstract image of the US map that’s colorized in six different color zones. On your turn you draw two die from a pouch that holds seven dice. Roll your two and all players mark 2 states on their maps with the same colors and with the number shown. If your green die says three and your red die says five you and all players mark their map with a three on a green state and a five on a red state—if they can. Now the next player takes two die from the bag and everyone does what the dice say. But here’s the thing, you can only write a number on a state if it is one next to it is one point more of less or it has an X on it. (However, there are three times you can break this rule and a place an X on the state and check off the three times you do so.) There are a lot more rules, none too complicated. Everyone plays at the same time; after eight rounds the winner is the one with the fewest mistakes. The names of the states are not on the map and Alaska and Hawaii are separated, so no Neighboring rules for them. You can buy extra maps. Each round takes about 15 minutes. A fun family game. Marked for 8 and up.
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2016