SUTAKKU is a game by Curt Covert, published by Smirk & Dagger Games. It is for 1 or more players. In this game, players will be rolling dice and trying to stack them up on top of each other to score points. The player that can stack the best dice and score the most points after 5 rounds of play will be declared the winner.
To begin, simply take the dice out and set them on the table along with the score pad and the stackboard. Make sure that everyone can reach the dice and stackboard. Players roll a die to see who goes first and play now begins.
The game is played over 5 rounds. Each round on a player’s turn, they will roll 3 dice and try to add 2 of them to the stack on the stackboard. The only thing is that each die added must be equal in value or higher than the die below it on the stack. If the player can not add 2 dice then they’ve busted and score no points for that round.
There are also rules for rolling doubles and triples as well as for a mulligan. If a player rolls doubles and the doubles are higher than the other die rolled and they can legally be placed on the stack then all 3 dice can be added to the stack. If a player rolls triples, they can place all 3 dice on the stack if it is legally possible to do so. If not, they can then reroll the dice as a free roll. The mulligan rule is that once per round if a player is unhappy with their roll, they may reroll 2 of the 3 dice. However, they must be able to add the rerolled dice to the stack and can not use the dice that wasn’t rolled. If they can’t add to the stack they are busted and score no points.
Scoring happens when a player end their turn without busting. They then score points based on the number of the top die multiplied by the number of dice in the stack. Bonus points are awarded for rolling when the top die is a 5 and then successfully stacking on it. Bonus points are also awarded for stacking on a 6 and for being able to stack all 12 dice in a round. When the player stops, their points are recorded on the scorepad and play passes to the next player. After 5 rounds, players add up all their points and the player with the most points wins.
There is also a deck of cards included with the game to make things a bit more challenging. They are played on the roller to add an additional challenge to their turn. The cards add penalties as well as bonus for failure and successes. These can be played whenever the player chooses to use the card.
The game has some great pieces to it. The dice are quite large and the Japanese design is really quite beautiful. The dice bag is nice and just does hold all the dice inside it. The game board is made of thick cardboard and is great for keeping track of the different symbols and what each one means. It was very helpful for me the first time I played the game. There’s a really nice score pad for keeping track of everyone’s points but a piece of paper works just as good. I will say that it’s nice to have the score pad, and it looks quite nice. The extra cards for Smirky’s Challenge are really well done and though they are a bit thin, they’re a great addition to the game. They make things a bit more strategic and add a little bit of a take that feel to the game. Overall, I’m really thrilled with the quality of the components.
9 out of 10
The rulebook is quite small and printed in black and white. The back of the rules contain a copy of the scoresheet included on the score pad. There is also a short story about the Stonecutter that tells the story behind the game. Everything is well written and easy to read and understand. The rules for Smirky’s Challenge are included on a double sided card and they are easily added to the regular game. There are a couple of small pictures included. One explains the different symbols on the dice and one shows about scoring. Overall the rulebook is well designed and gets the job done. Of course colored pages would have been nice but really weren’t necessary with this game.
8 out of 10
The game is quite fun and addictive. After playing it, I found myself wanting to play it again and again. It didn’t matter if I was playing by myself or with others, it’s a very addictive game. It is a game that even my 4 year old daughter enjoyed playing. The big dice were very appealing to her. Yes, the game involves quite a bit of luck but there is some strategy in knowing when to stop and score some points. The addition of the challenge cards makes it a little bit more fun in a group setting and adds a great take that vibe to the game. I rather enjoyed playing it both ways. It’s a very light game and doesn’t take long at all to play. Most games are done in less than 15 minutes unless you have a lot of players. It’s really a fun dice rolling game that I wouldn’t have expected to enjoy as much as I did.
9 out of 10
SUTAKKU is a light dice rolling and stacking game. It’s really simple and one that almost anyone can play. The components are really great and the large dice are very attractive. The game is fairly short and can usually be played in less than 15 minutes. The game can be played with the extra challenge cards to add a more take that feel to it. Anyone that enjoys games of luck or rolling dice should enjoy this one. I like it a lot and so does my daughter. This is a great game and one that I highly recommend. It’s really simple to teach and super easy to learn. You’ll definitely want to give this one a try.
9 out of 10
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