One of the great perks of writing for the Dice of Doom blog is getting asked to play with loads of iPhone dice rollers. We get a few gentle requests to try a new one out, and generally speaking we try to cover as many as we can. A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to try out dynamicDice, a new entrant into the Dice Simulation category (as opposed to the Number Generation category). Like Pip, Dicenomicon and MachDice before it, this RPG Dice Rolling app is designed to give you the feel of actually rolling dice in front of you without having to carry a dice bag around.
When reviewing a dice simulator, obviously the realism of the dice rolling is paramount. Using a true 3d engine, dynamicDice does this really well, although it currently suffers from some memory issues (which the developer assures me they are currently fixing and a free update will be upcoming) and sometimes the roll seems a little choppy (Pip on the other hand is very smooth). The quality of the graphics is extraordinary with reflections and shadows and is certainly on a par with Pip.
Dice are added to the table from the dice selection page by clicking on the die desired repeatedly (which actually works a lot better than many of the alternatives) and the entire dice selection can be erased easily by clicking the trash can. There are no adding of modifiers or adding of dice in the roll, keeping everything simple, much like Pip does. The ease in which dice are added to the table view is one of the things that dynamicDice does really well.
dynamicDice allows you to set up 5 tables with 5 differently themed dice sets, and has included d6 with round corners in both pips and numbers as well. The application comes with 20 table themes and 20 dice themes and they are all very attractive and are a nice touch addition to the app.
There is one thing about dynamicDice that I actually really like and sets it apart from some other apps, and that is its 3d perspective. You can move your iPhone around to get a complete 3d view of the dice sitting on the table. This is also supported in landscape mode.
All in all, this is a very good entrant into the dice simulation category and we look forward seeing what else this company puts out.
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