Come Play With E! Sailor Moon Crystal: Dice Challenge Edition

A review copy of Sailor Moon Crystal: Dice Challenge was provided by Dyskami Publishing.  We would like to thank Dyskami Publishing for supporting our blog.  All thoughts, comments, and pictures herein are our own.

As many of you know my daughter is only 5 years old.  This means that she has not been exposed to a lot of different things that many of us are used to.  One of these things is anime.  I’ve been hesitant to show her too much in the anime world, mostly for obvious reasons.  Recently she has become interested in different shows than she is used to seeing on the Disney Channel, and somehow decided that she wanted to see Sailor Moon.  I’m not sure where she got this from, but I decided that it wasn’t too bad of a place to start.  We sat down one Saturday morning and tore through a bunch of episodes. She was hooked.

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When Sailor Moon Crystal: Dice Challenge , by Dyskami Publishing was announced it was natural that she wanted to get her hands on it.  The release coincided with her new interest in the anime, so it was a natural progression for her.  We had previously played, reviewed and loved, Button Men: Beat People Up by Cheapass Games.  Sailor Moon is the same game play mechanics set in the world of Sailor Moon.  Players can choose to play as one of 24 characters, both good and evil included in the base set.  Each character card contains cool art from the show as well as some new gameplay mechanics.  If you are unfamiliar with the Button Men mechanics, you can read our review here, in this review we will assume you know how to play, and review that changes that Sailor Moon offers.

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Each character card, like in Button Men lists the dice that are available to the player.  In addition the game now offers a reserve dice pool.  These dice become available to players when they lose a match, effectively helping to balance out mismatched opponents.  These extra dice can be really helpful at times, the size varying from character to character.  In addition each character now also include power tokens available to them.  These tokens are also varied in number and ability, some examples include giving the player an extra turn, re-rolling a die before attacking, and recovering lost die.  Using these power tokens at the right moment can often mean the difference between a loss and a stunning victory.

Sailor Moon Dice Challenge, like Button Men, plays fast, with most matches lasting no more than 5 minutes.  There is very little downtime, which helps to keep my little one engaged throughout the entire match.  As in Button Men, I love the educational bonus this game brings, having my daughter figure out dice totals, as well as the best way to utilize what she has rolled.  She loves the quick play, the fun art, and the colorful dice.

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The components are great, this set includes 24 dice in bright, vibrant shades of red, blue, orange and green.  The character cards are bright and well done.  The core box also included two lanyards with cards announcing that you are looking for a battle.  This was perfect for walking around a convention, looking for others to pick a quick game with.  My daughter loves to just wear the lanyards because she loves the artwork so much.  The game is highly portable, and we have played numerous matches from our tent.  Sailor Moon has become a game that we go to when we are looking for something light and fast to play.  Sailo Moon Crystal: Dice Challenge come highly recommended by both Emmy and I.  If you are a fan of Button Men, this is a no brainer, if you have not yet played it, then you are in for a treat!  But don’t just take it from me, read what Emmy has to say herself!

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Emmy’s take:

“Sailor Moon is a great game.  It’s really, really, really cool.  I liked everything about it, you should buy it because it’s fun.  You roll dice, in the dice tray, you take people’s dice, if you roll higher or the same.  If you are using two dice it has to be the exact same.  At the end you have points, and when people can’t go anymore you get half.  If you get three victory tokens, you win.  That’s about it, bye friends!”

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