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Sunday, 22 March 2015 23:15

Review - Fyzuntu for iOS and Android


Fyzuntu is a simple but accessible dice game where you compete to get high scores while avoiding twos and fives.

Fyzuntu by Joe Lenora is available for iOS through the Apple App Store - as a universal iPhone and iPad app - and for AndroidAndroid from Google Play.

Fyzuntu is an unusual name, and it is a somewhat unusual dice game. You play against a friend or against an automated opponent. Gameplay fundamentally consists of rolling die onto the table. Depending on your luck you may score highly, or you may roll an unlucky two or five.

You begin with five die each round. When you roll, any die that roll a two or five are removed. Your score is added up from the face value of the remaining die. You continue rolling, following this same pattern, until all your die are removed. Control then hands over to the other player, be it a friend or the computer player. This repeats for an agreed number of rounds.

There is a little more to it; a white dice may be introduced, which is the Joker. It can only be played once by each player in each round, and can only be played if a player still has a red dice available. Thus, there is an element of risk in leaving the Joker too late but the rewards are that the Joker always scores, and this score is twice the face value. Therefore, a white dice roll of five or two means you concede 10 or 4 points respectively to any players, who remains in the round.

If you've understood the above, then you know all there is to know about Fyzuntu and how to play it. It brings back friendly memories of playing a dice game with my translator in a bar in China some years ago.

Ultimately, it's not a terribly challenging game. Indeed, there is no vast degree of skill involved - except for when to use the Joker - because the game is ultimately a game of chance. However, for friends who want a simple gamble (with or without actual stakes!) without having to worry about real dice, it serves as fun "pick up and play" entertainment.

The Lite version costs $0.99 from the Apple and Google Play Stores and the full game including the Joker, provision of up to four players and up to eight rounds for $2.29.


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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