The Farkle app is a two-player dice game reminiscent of the real-life board game. With a simple design, it is available for Google Android users who want to experience the game right on their phones. This is far from the leading Farkle game in my books.
I’m not the biggest fan of the app’s graphics, and I definitely feel like the developers could have done better. The design is in complete 2D, even with the die rolls, so there isn’t anything exciting about the graphics. Graphics are simple yet effective, with the leaderboard at the top of the display, a bland green background, and red-colored dice. At the bottom, there are two large tabs for ‘Keep’ and ‘Roll.’ The score is 7/10.
What Is It about?
Farkle requires two players (in this case AI vs. Human) to play in turns, by rolling a set of 6 dice and matching combinations to win the high score of 10,000. At the beginning of turns, each player rolls all six dice consecutively and then decides which die rolls to keep based on the scoring combinations. You can keep one or more dice and may either choose to bank a selected combination or continue with your turn. The banked points are entered on the leaderboard. If all the six dice rolled score points, you may continue on a ‘hot’ roll of the six dice again and accumulate more points. If you don’t score any points with any of the dice thrown, you forfeit all points accumulated for that turn, also called ‘Farkling.’ The preferred scoring combinations can be chosen from the game.
Controls are just as simple as tapping to select and roll the dice, with additional tapping to Keep or Roll. The Android app is free, and there are no in-app purchases.
The app is compatible with as low as Android 2.2, therefore this is an app for all Android devices. The app is not compatible with iOS.
The updates provided unfortunately don’t seem to do any good to the game and don’t improve the realism of the AI. The score is 9/10.
To Replay or Not to Replay
I wouldn’t replay this game again. I don’t believe the die roll is completely random as claimed by the developers. The AI throws a perfect first round which is almost impossible. It seems the favor is heavily tilted on the AI’s side. There is also no possibility to play with another human in multiplayer mode. You also can’t customize game settings which is a real bore. The score is 2/10.
Is It Good?
I’d prefer if the game developers introduced an option for two or more human players and actually make the Die rolls randomly. The RNG employed is heavily skewed in favor of the AI, and it doesn’t make sense how the computer can throw a perfect 3000 on the first attempt. The game design is quite bland, and I hoped the latest version would come up with something better.
Only the Google Play app for Android mobile is available, and you won’t be able to get this game on your Apple device. There are very few tools offered by this game, and you won’t do much other than complain when you play it. I wouldn’t recommend it.