Do you like to roll dice? Do you like to stack dice? Do you like to throw a little twist into game play? These 3 elements make up Sutakku. This game can be played solitaire on up to large groups, with a playing time of around 15 minutes or so.
Steeped in Japanese folklore, SUTAKKU was originally developed to teach the common man the foibles of wishing for more than he had. In this quick-playing, push-your-luck dice game, you attempt to create the tallest stack of dice in order to gain the highest score per turn. You can choose to stop rolling and score your stacked dice at any time, but pushing your luck will net you more points if you succeed. Continue as long as you dare – but like the stonecutter of legend, who was never satisfied, you may find yourself with naught, right back where you began. The wise will distinguish ambition from reaching beyond one’s means. The object of the game is to be the player with the highest score after 5 rounds, by creating the tallest stack of dice each round.
Inside the box, there are 12 very high quality dice with numbers written in Japanese on each face. The dice are quite good size, being about 3/4″ in width on each side with nice rounded edges. There is a small game board, called a stackboard that has a key to interpret the Japanese on the dice, and a circular space to stack the dice in. There is a pouch to store the dice and the game comes with a score pad, and also a stack of Smirky’s Challenge cards. On the rulesheet, there is also the story of The Stonecutter, taken from Japanese folklore.
Game play is very easy. To play, roll three dice and add two of them to an ever-climbing stack of dice. When stacking dice, each die added to the stack must be equal in value or higher than the die below it in the stack. Every roll, you MUST ADD 2 DICE to the stack. If you can’t you busted, your turn is over and you score 0 points for the round.
Once per round, you can take a Milligan and re-roll 2 of the 3 dice. The re-rolled dice must BOTH be added to the stack. There are special rules for doubles and triples as well.
Scoring is simple: you take the number of dice in the stack multiplied by the face value of the die on the top of the stack. In the picture above, there are 5 dice in the stack, and the face value of the top die is 6. Therefore the score would be 5×6=30 points. There are ways to score additional points by pressing luck to stack on top of 5s or 6s.
To add more fun to the game and to give in an edge, add the Smirky’s Challenge cards.
Players can have chances to play these cards on other players to add some tension to the game. These cards are optional, but they do add a nice element to the game.
This game is quite fun, and it plays very quickly. This game was sent to me from Smirk & Dagger along with some other titles to review. I had never heard of this game, but I gave it a try and it has been played a lot ever since. This game will certainly appeal to those who like to roll dice, and even more to those who really like to press their luck. Added bonus points are certainly an incentive to pressing one’s luck, and with a taller stack……..those high scores…..WooHoo!
This game is great for families to play together with simple rules and short-playing time. High quality components add to a very nice table presence too!