This game isn’t just for Halloween. FrankenDie is a great game to purchase as a Christmas gift, or a fun game to buy for family & friends any time of the year. It is so easy to learn, and gets such a positive response with gamers and non-gamers alike, this is a go-to game to bring out at any function. My recommendation: if you are going to a friend’s house for dinner, why not pick-up a copy of FrankenDie, play it during dessert, and leave it as a gift. Better then a bottle of wine, this gift will last the friendship (if you play nice).
The game is quick and simple to learn. The party starts with a roll of the dice. Players take turns rolling and looking for a set to call out (eg. “3 Brains!”). Then it’s a mad dash to the graveyard. Be the first (or second) to correctly call out a set and place your hand on the graveyard. Be the first to accumulate the seven required body parts needed to make a creature. However, once that task is completed, you’re not done yet. You need to successfully call out a set of lightning (one of six symbols on the dice) to bring your creature to life. And don’t forget to yell, “ITS ALLLLIVVVEEE!”
I had the pleasure of trying this game before it was published. Al Leduc, a member of the Game Artisans of Canada, designed the game FrankenDie. Even without the new art & quality components, this game rallied lots of laughs and fun. After seeing a copy of the published game at FanExpo Toronto 2012, I can vouch that the art and components only enhance the fun.
I am completely blown away from the quality of art. Knowing the designer, Al Leduc, and a few others who inspired the scientists & creatures featured in the game, I am impressed by Darren Calvert’s customization of the characters. When you lift the box lid, all of the creatures along the side of the box are revealed. This is brilliant. Look close and you will find Tom Vasel.
The real addition, that takes this game to another level are the scientist cards. These cards increase the replay ability and fun factor. Each scientist card adds a unique advantage and disadvantage to each player. (eg. Advantage: Each time you win a body part you do not need, you may take a body part of your choice from the supply instead. Disadvantage: Each turn, before the dice are rolled, you must start with both of your hands covering your ears, like headphones. Does not apply on your turn to roll.)
- Very simple to learn and easy to get a wide variety of people to play.
- Fantastic art by Darren Calvert. Especially a big fan of the custom characters.
- So cool that Tom Vasel (Dice Tower) or should I say, Dr. Tomkenstein, is one of the Mad Scientist’ Guilds.
- Engraved Dice are another example of the very high quality components.
- Lots of laughing and fun when you play this game.
- Not a high strategy game – more of a party game.
- Rewards quick thinking and strong hand-eye coordination. A true reflex game. Need character cards or game can fall victim to a runaway leader.
- Some people think the horror theme is not family friendly.
- FUN FACTOR: 7.5/10
- PRODUCTION QUALITY: 9.5/10
- ARTWORK: 9/10
- RULEBOOK: 8/10
- STRATEGY ELEMENT: 5/10
- LUCK ELEMENT: 5/10
- PLAYER INTERACTION: 9/10
- REPLAY VALUE: 6.5/10