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GoDice review: Make game night more fun with these Bluetooth-enabled dice

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GoCube, the maker of Bluetooth-enabled puzzle cubes, has released its newest product — GoDice. We took a look at these fun new dice to see if they'd be a worthy addition to game night.

GoDice is a set of five Bluetooth-enabled six-sided dice. The dice pair with a companion app, which keeps track of your score for a bunch of popular games.

GoDice smart dice for iPhone and Android

GoDice


Sleek and compact, GoDice are compatible with iPhone and Android devices.

The dice connect to both Apple and Android devices and are easy to set up.

They come packaged in a cool magnetic container that keeps the dice together when not in use. The container also acts as a charger — you simply press the five face of the die into the charger's base until it lights up. Once fully charged, which takes about 20 seconds, you can get roughly two hours of play.

The magnetic container keeps GoDice together when not in use

The charger is powered by two AAA batteries and requires a small screwdriver to get to the battery compartment.

We love the design of the dice and charger, and we were very impressed with how easy the setup process was.

Options, options, options

For being as new to the market as it is, GoDice has offered a decent collection of games to play right out of the box.

Yatzy
Yatzy

Included games:

  • Backgammon
  • Yatzy
  • Farkle
  • Ludo Clash
  • PIG
  • Unlucky Seven
  • Shut the Pool
  • Bomb Squad
  • GoRPG dice calculator
  • and more!

GoDice also plans to release games regularly and even allow users to create their own games by using the GoDice API.

While we were impressed with the number of games, we do wish that the app was a little better designed. On our iPhone 13 mini, we found that the app clipped weirdly around the notch and corners of the screen.

Faster and more fun

And before you complain that this promotes laziness or poor math skills, hear us out: it doesn't. If anything, it actually helps you get kids involved in family game night even earlier.

Charging is done by pressing the five face of the dice onto the charging base
Charging is done by pressing the five face of the dice onto the charging base

No longer does the littlest kid need to feel left out because they cannot add dice sums together quickly — and it limits older sibling frustration, too!

Additionally, it's nice if you're trying to get in as many quick games as possible. After all, it's hard to argue over scoring when you've got a computer doing the adding for you.

No more hunting for score sheets, no need to look up rules

Sure, the fact that GoDice keeps score for you is great, but probably the best part of GoDice is the fact that you don't need to hunt for score sheets anymore.

We especially loved this feature when we were playing Yatzy. Most of GoDice's games support 1-4 people, making it perfect for intimate get-togethers or family game nights.

It's also helpful because GoDice provides rules for each of the games. No more frantic searching the internet when trying to remember the exact rules for Farkle.

D&D shells

While we didn't get a set of D&D shells, GoDice notes that they'll be selling them soon. These shells slip over your GoDice and allow them to be used as a standard set of tabletop gaming dice.

A minor nitpick

So far, we've only managed to uncover one problem with the way GoDice function, and it's minor. When it comes to rolling the dice, you'll want to pick them up and immediately throw them.

Otherwise, if you pick them up and hold them in your hand for a few moments, the internal mechanism reads this as a roll. This can be an issue for some players — especially little ones — who may easily get distracted when playing a game.

The issue of price

For as much as we love GoDice, there's a significant issue that we see with them — the price. GoDice isn't cheap, priced at $119.95 for a set of five dice and the charger.

This can be prohibitively expensive for some — especially if you're planning on giving them to children who are more likely to misplace the dice. Additionally, since the charger relies on AAA batteries, it can be annoying to change the batteries.

Overall

GoDice is a great companion for casual get-togethers, family game nights, and quiet nights with your significant other. It's easy to use, well designed, and very fun. We'd like to see the price drop in the future, though, as we think it may be a hard sell to parents at its current price.

Where to buy

You can pick up a set of GoDice on Amazon for $119.95.

Pros

  • Keeps score for you
  • Quick charging
  • Easy setup
  • Nice carrying case

Cons

  • Expensive
  • May inaccurately read handling dice as rolling them
  • Uses AAA batteries instead of an internal rechargeable battery
  • App needs a bit of retooling to fit iPhone screens

Score: 3.5 out of 5