Everyone and their mom knows of Yu-Gi-Oh. Since the early 2000s, the franchise has dominated the trading card industry. The card game was obviously based upon the incredibly popular anime by the same name. However, there was another Yu-Gi-Oh game that graced the world. One that didn’t catch on quite like the card game did. That game is Yu-Gi-Oh Dungeon Dice Monsters.
So, what is Dungeon Dice Monsters? It was a minatures game that appeared in the Yu-Gi-Oh T.V. series that eventually found its way to toy store shelves. In the game set up there is a tiled board of 13 x 19 tiles (13 tiles wide) on which play is conducted. On either end of the board sits a “Monster Lord” (on the 7th tile from each side on the row closest to the players) representing either player. Each Monster Lord has 3 Life Points. The first player to lose all their Life Points loses. In the Yu-Gi-Oh Anime, these were referred to as “Heart Points”.
The game had a dice pool which players would use to summon monsters to the board. When a monster would be summoned, it would create dungeon tiles that expanded the play area for monsters to move around. This allowed for strategic placement for certain tiles that could be used for bottle necks, and even set up some sweet traps.
There was a lot of hype around the game when it first came our. I remember playing the starter set with my friends in school, but within a few months the game faded away. Apparently the game didn’t sell too well in the United States leaving little room for support, and very few expansions for the physical game. It’s really disappointing that it didn’t get the love it deserved, because it was honest a solid minatures game. However, no one plays Yu-Gi-Oh for a minatures game. It’s a trading card game. It always was, and it always will be, and I’m okay with that.
Now, many of you probably have never heard of this game so you must be asking: “John, I’m interested in this! How can I get my hands on it?” Well, friends, it’s gonna cost you. Starter sets cost about $120 on Ebay as of the release date of this article. It’s a pretty penny, but if you’re really interested in it there are options. All you need is a little cash, an Ebay account, and someone to play with, and you’re set.
What if you don’t want the physical game, or have no one to play with? Well, there’s an option for that too. There was actually a Gameboy Advanced game based on Dungeon Dice Monsters! If you still have your GBA, you cam definitely grab a copy at your local Retro Gaming store, or even online. There ARE emulators you can use, but I don’t like to talk about emulation much here, because pirating video games is wrong. *Wink* Nobody should keep video games alive even when the developers forget a game even exists… *Wink* If they would allow us to purchase them on modern devices everyone absolutely would. *Wink*
Anyway, Dungeon Dice Monsters is a solid game, and an awesome addition to anyone’s Yu-Gi-Oh collection. I love it, and I know there are other people out there that love it too. If you wanna give it a try, go grab yourself a copy! Let’s keep these old forgotten games alive people!
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