Button Men Review
- Fresh, original strategy gameplay and concept.
- The game offers both single and multiplayer options.
- While the game sounds complicated, it’s easy to pick up after a few rounds.
- Some players won’t give dice games a look at.
If you’re a fan of dice games or quick strategies, then Button Men is a worthwhile purchase.
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Button Men is a dice based strategy game where players must eliminate their opponents dice and protect your own. To eliminate dice, you’ll have to use your numbered dice to attack dice with a lower number. Points are collected based on the dice you eliminate and the dice you have protected at the end of the round.
Players launch an attack on their enemy by selecting a die from their pile and selecting a lower numbered die from your opponent. Once you attack, the die you used will lower in number and become easier for the opponent to take. You can also use two lower numbered dice to combine into higher numbers and take an opponent’s equal valued die. It all sounds complicated but is actually quite simple and players will get the hang of quickly.
The games presentation is very smooth and the character portraits are very well done. The sound is also well done and features a strong music track but players cannot use their iPod during gameplay. The game offers players both single and two player modes; with the option for pass and play or Bluetooth for the multiplayer.
Button Men is a surprisingly addictive strategy game. The thought of a dice based game might have some players rolling their eyes but it’s not a bad game. While the game is simple enough, the strategy element is quite challenging; especially against harder opponents. If you’re looking for a change from the usual strategy games, then give Button Men a go.
DescriptionWHAT IS BUTTON MEN?
Button Men is a quick-playing strategy game for one or two players where the goal is to capture your opponents dice while protecting your own. What makes Button Men unique is the set of characters you choose to fight with. Each artistically rendered character has their own unique strengths and weakness adding a deep level of strategy that will leave you saying “Just one more game!”
Players choose a character and take turns capturing each other’s dice using a combination of Power, Skill, Poison and Shadow attacks:
POWER ATTACK: One of your dice of equal or greater value than one of your opponent’s dice.
SKILL ATTACK: Several of your dice add up exactly to the value on one of your opponent’s dice.
POISON ATTACK: Worth negative points. Force your opponent to capture it and see them lose points. If you keep your own you lose its full size in points.
SHADOW ATTACK: Capture an enemy die that is equal to or greater than your own.
It takes a great deal of strategy as well as good luck to win a game of Button Men.
Button Men won the Origins Award for Best Abstract Board Game of 1999, and the paper version spawned dozens of expansions with hundreds of different characters. This edition includes 24 characters and special rules for Shadow Dice and Poison Dice, with expansions soon to come.
- Single Player Mode
Entertain yourself for hours. Anytime, anywhere, 24/7!
- Two Player Mode
You've got friends! Sweet! Challenge your buddies and “beat people up”.
- Standard, Poison and Shadow Dice
Three types of dice to keep the strategy flowing game after game after game.
- Original 12 “Soldier”
Play with the crew that started it all - Avis, Hammer, Bauer, Shore, Karl, Niles, Kith, Hanna, Iago, Kublai, Clare and Stark.
- 6 “Vampyres”
Angel is back, along with her pals Buddy, Starchylde, Dunkirk, McGinty and Tiffany.
- 6 New Characters
6 All new, expert level characters to challenge your skill. Do you have what it takes? Sisters Sunshine & Darkness, Lawyer-with-gun Fargo, Swashbuckler Lon, Polly the Pirate and Nova, the hottest barbarian since the 1970s!
- All New Artwork
The new artwork is fantastic and the game's overall look is polished and clean. Check out the new Avis!
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
“Genius. Button Men is a perfect balance of skill and chance, with endless strategies to choose from.” - ThirdIdea
“Well executed and faithful to the excellent 'manual' version.” - jgarbers1
“Fantastic implementation of the dice game. The graphics are nice, it plays at the right speed, and it's not as nerdy as cracking out actual buttons and polyhedral dice.” - junkurchin
“Good stuff! Reminds me of some dice games I played back in high school. Graphics are some of the best I've seen for a iPhone game.” - ocragi1
“After only a few minutes with this game I was hooked. This is a great unique dice game that is a definite page one app for me. Very entertaining and a must own.” - ChronoGear
“Like all James Ernest's award-winning game designs, simple and quick mechanics lure you into hours of strategy, as you work through the interactions and find hidden depths.” - Fabozz
What's New in Version 2.0* Fixed crash with iOS 5
* Rewrote the game core to allow for cross platform and ease of adding future features
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