Farkle, or Farkel, is a dice game that has also been called or is similar to 1000/5000/10000, Cosmic Wimpout, Greed, Hot Dice, Squelch, Zilch, Zonk, or Darsh to name but a few. Its origins as a folk game are unknown, but it has been marketed commercially since 1982, since 1996 under the brand name Pocket Farkel by Legendary Games Inc. While the basic rules are well-established, there is a wide range of variation in both scoring and play.
What Is It About?
Ever since there have been dice, there have been dice rolling games. A lot of people like dice games because they are quick and easy to play. Games like Yahtzee have become many people’s favorite board game. Personally, I don’t hate or love dice games since I find most dice games to be pretty average and similar to one another. Farkle is one of the many dice games in existence which was released back in 1982. Due to Farkle’s success, Patch Products decided to expand the Farkle line and created Farkle Frenzy in 2011. These spin-off games are really hit or miss with most of them not being very good. Unfortunately, Farkle Frenzy is one of the bad spin-off games.
For the most part, Farkle Frenzy plays like a lot of other dice rolling games. Basically, you roll the dice looking for different combinations of dice in order to score points. The game allows you to continue rolling your dice in order to score more points as long as you set aside at least one of your dice each time you roll the dice. Farkle Frenzy plays a lot like Yahtzee. While the scoring is different if you have ever played one of these types of dice rolling games before you pretty much know what to expect with Farkle Frenzy.
Is It Good?
Farkle Frenzy is the perfect example of a game where one rule can turn what would have been an average dice game into a pretty bad game. Farkle Frenzy still wouldn’t have been a great game since it lacks originality, but it would have been more fun if you could combine dice from multiple rolls since it would have added some strategy to the game. With this rule in place through the game relies almost entirely on luck and it is too hard to score points in the game. The only decision you can even make in the game is whether you want to take risks or if you want to play it safe. This makes Farkle Frenzy a pretty boring game.
Unless you love dice games, I would not recommend Farkle Frenzy since it fails to do anything not seen in many other dice games. If you love dice games though and can find Farkle Frenzy for cheap, it may be worth picking up.