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Para-Dice - One game. 3 ways to play!

Para-Dice is a single-player Slingo game. It's basically Yahtzee with a different name. ^_^ I wasn't sure I'd like it, but it turned out to be a lot of fun!

The Basics

Each game has 13 rounds. You have 5 dice and you get 3 rolls each round to create the best hand possible. "Keep" a die by clicking and dragging it to the side.

Points are pretty simple. There are thirteen categories and you mark one each round. The top half only scores the dice for that category. For example, if you ended up with a one and 4 sixes, marking the ones row would earn 1 point. On the other hand, if you marked the sixes row you'd earn 24 points!

If you get 63+ points from the top section alone then you'll pick up 35 bonus points!

The bottom section is a little more complicated.
  • 3 of a Kind = Requires at least three identical dice. The face value of those dice plus the remaining two dice is your score. Aim for 3 fives or 3 sixes.
  • 4 of a Kind = Requires at least four identical dice. The face value of those dice plus the remaining die is your score. Aim for 4 fives or 4 sixes.
  • Full House = 25 points. You need three of a kind AND a pair of dice.
  • Small Run = 30 points. Must have at least 4 dice in sequential order. Such as 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • Large Run = 40 points. Must have all 5 dice in sequential order. Such as 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • All Five = All 5 dice are the same number. This is always 50 points, no matter what numbers are on the dice. 
  • Chance = Face value of all dice.
If this is too confusing, here's a cheat sheet.

Okay, that's pretty handy. Thanks! ^_^

IMPORTANT: If you mark a category but don't meet the requirements, you'll score 0 points. You can't undo misclicks, so be careful!

Triple The Fun

Para-Dice has a few unique features. First off, you can play 1-4 columns at a time. The benefit of playing multiple columns is that the games last a lot longer, so you'll get fewer commercials.

Next, there are three different ways to play.


In normal play you pick which category you want to score in each round.

Since you have more control over your score, you should see the highest numbers in normal mode.


Each point is worth 100 Slingo coins. ^_^

The next option is playing Top to Bottom. This means that you start at the top category and work your way down. Since you can't pick the best category to fit what you rolled, expect to score a lot of goose eggs.


On the upside, you'll earn more Slingo coins for your trouble!


Each point in top to bottom mode is worth 250 Slingo coins!

Lastly, you can play left to right. This just what it sounds like. ^_^ You play columns from left to right!

Once again, since you can't pick the best category for your rolls, expect to see a LOT of zeros.

That's not very good.

In my opinion, playing left to right is just as difficult as playing from top to bottom. (And gets kinda boring.) But for some reason each point is only worth 150 Slingo coins. Go figure.

Tips & Tricks

1. If you're using "normal" play, keep an eye out for any roll with at least 2 sixes or 2 fives. Try to build them into 3 or 4 of a kind to maximize your points.

2. Another tip for "normal" play is to try and spread out your scores in the top half. Remember, whenever you score 63 in the top section, you earn another 35 points! Create a "waste" column for your low scores.

3. Runs are tricky, but they're AWESOME for points! Look for starter sets like "234" or "345." Since those numbers are in the middle you have a good chance at turning them into at least a small run.

4. Maximize the Chance category. On the first roll keep all of the sixes and fives. On the 2nd roll keep the sixes, fives, and fours. Anything lower than that has a 50% chance to come out as a higher number on the final roll.

5. Rolling a Full House is tricky when you're playing top to bottom or left to right. You need a LOT of luck if you don't start out with at least one pair. But if you do end up pairless, roll everything again. Don't keep any of the dice. Odds are high that you'll get a pair on the 2nd roll. But if you keep a random die, you might not turn it into a pair.

Final Rating

The first time I played Para-Dice, I opted for "normal play" and I got pretty bored. Next I played "left to right," and that was definitely more interesting. But again, I got bored. (4 columns was too much for me.) Then I played "top to bottom," and man.. that was a hoot! I got a lot of laughs from trying to get the categories in the bottom half. ^_^

At the end, I must admit that I had a lot of fun with Para-Dice. I'm glad that I tried all three methods to see which one I liked best. Give it a shot!

4 out of 5 stars.

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