iPhone App Review: Farkle Fanatic

iPhone App Review: Farkle Fanatic

June 3rd, 2011 by

Farkle is a classic dice game that has been known by many names in its long history. It simple rules and speedy play make it a fast and exciting game. If you don’t have six dice, three friends, and a table-top handy you can download Farkle Fanatic and play anywhere, at anytime, with (or without) anyone. You can play against up to three computer opponents, or pass-and-play with a group of friends.

How It Works

While the game has many scoring variations (all of which can be adjusted from the app’s menu), the basic way you play the game is to roll six dice and set aside at least one scoring die. If you don’t get any scoring combination then you bust, and the turn passes to the next player. If you decide to no longer press your luck you can stop at any time, accept your score, and the turn passes to the next player. Most games of farkle have a minimum point value to reach before you can actually enter the game. The default in this game is 500, but like all other scoring values, can be adjusted from within the app. The first player to some predetermined score (10,000 usually) triggers an end to the game, with each other player getting another turn to try and surpass the leader and win the game.

The game itself is a popular one because of its combination of luck and strategy. Being a dice game it is of course mostly luck, but there is strategy in knowing what scoring dice to keep and which to roll again, and of course in knowing when to stop rolling and take your score.

Pros And Cons

Being a very basic game of rolling dice and counting scores, there isn’t much you can do to mess up a game of farkle. Developer Amuseware has done a good job of simulating the experience of playing farkle in real life. 3-dimensional dice scatter across a virtual table-top, and when you tap the dice that you wish to keep they are set aside so you can roll the rest again. The AI opponents were also done well, showing some common sense when it comes to when to roll and when to stop.

There is definitely room to improve in the sound and graphics department, perhaps by creating a more realistic table-top texture and more interesting looking dice. There could even be an entire set of goals built around gaining access to better dice and better backgrounds, similar to the now-defunct MotionX Poker Quest game that used to be available in the App Store.


Farkle Fanatic is a great game for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that makes playing an exciting game of farkle possible anywhere and at anytime. It’s currently available for $0.99 in the App Store.

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