For this reason, Dice Legacy can feel quite unforgiving when you first start playing. It can take time to gain a proper understanding of all the game’s intricacies, especially for players who don’t play a lot of strategy games. Particularly for complete newcomers to the genre, there are a lot of moving parts in Dice Legacy that will undoubtedly feel intimidating or even tedious. However, since our preview, the developers have overhauled the game’s tutorial significantly, and the updated version makes it a lot more straightforward to get the hang of the relevant mechanics in the game. While in my first few playthroughs, I struggled to make it through winter, things got a lot easier once I knew what all the different parts in the game meant and where to find them in the UI. Once you finish more playthroughs, you can also unlock different scenarios, and you even have the option to choose some of your dice before starting a playthrough, which makes things more manageable too.
In short, I found that the dice mechanic made the core gameplay experience significantly more dynamic compared to other strategy games and, of course, a whole lot less predictable. Combined with the game’s beautiful soundtrack, I found that the added element of chance helped reflect the reality of what running a settlement would really be like. While some strategy fans might find it frustrating not being able to plan out their campaign down to the minute details, that approach doesn’t feel realistic to me. Ruling an empire would often come with unplanned interruptions, ranging from riots, to disease, to natural disasters, and more. Dice Legacy’s dice mechanics truly brought this part of playing strategy games to life for me, and reminded me to arm myself against the unknown as best as I could through being flexible within my game strategy.
In this sense, Dice Legacy comes with a refreshing strategy challenge to tackle. Unlike other strategy games where you can prepare one single strategy to stick to for the entirety of your playthrough, Dice Legacy will force you to adapt, be flexible, and think on your feet. In my eyes, that’s one of the key ingredients for an immersive and engrossing strategy game, if not the most important one.