Farkle Dice Game
Review: A look under the hood of Fabros’s mobile Farkle app for
Android and iOS.
Farkle is right up there with Yahtzee, battling it out for top position among the world’s most popular family dice games. Although no one’s really in agreement as to whether it’s been around a few decades or a few centuries, there’s no doubt Farkle greatly out-dates the high-tech smartphones and tablets the game is often played on today.
In the following passages, we’ll be exploring the entertainment value
and scope of the mobile realm’s most popular Farkle dice app. It’s
been installed by hundreds of thousands of fans, and having sampled a
few of the top-rated Farkle apps myself, I have to agree this one is
worthy of the title ‘Best Farkle App‘ for both iOS and Android
If you aren’t very familiar with Farkle, you may wish to check out
some of our other information text before you go any further:
Farkle Dice Game is one of more than 50 mobile Farkle
apps found on the Google Play and Apple iTunes app
stores. What sets this one apart is its superior ranking by actual
players of the game. It was built by a smaller digital dice gaming
development group called Fabros.
This Farkle game has a lot of the features you would expect,
including single player, multi-player and tournament modes. The
graphics are simply stunning and sound effects realistic. Best of
all, it’s a very straight-forward game. If you know how to play
Farkle, you’ll have no trouble jumping right into the action.
Otherwise, tap Settings and the Help button to get a run down of the
rules and special features before you start.
Let’s take a quick look at the game specs from the Apple and Google
Play stores, current at time of writing.
*Google Play has given this app a
rating of “Teen” for “Suggestive Themes”.
There’s nothing I would call “suggestive” about this game (the
standard definition of a suggestive rating being for sexual content).
I honestly believe this was a mistake, and that the rating they were
going for was “Simulated Gambling”. Coins can be wagered,
won, and spent to purchase items. Surprisingly, Apple – known to be
much stricter with its content rating – defines the game as
appropriate for ages 4+.
Mobile Yahtzee App Features & Game Play
My favorite thing about this game is its simplicity. There’s nothing complicated about it. If you love Farkle, you’ll love this Farkle app, period.
Before you get started, tap the settings icon in the bottom left,
where you can toggle on/off the music, sound effects or
notifications, change your user name, or get help on the game’s rules
and features. If you really enjoy the game, you can tap Remove Ads,
paying $3.99 to purchase the full ad-free version.
When playing, you can choose from one of three modes, Single
Player, Multi Player or Tournament.
Note: Unlike standard rules, which require a minimum
score to Open (first roll only), this game has a minimum score per
play. Every roll of the dice requires you to score at least 300
points to bank. It’s annoying at first, but you get used to it quick,
and it’s actually quite helpful in getting overly-cautious players to
take more risks.
Single Player Mode
Single player is a self-competition version of the game. You’ll have
the option to turn Power Dice On or Off (it’s Off by default).
Without Power Dice, it’s just a standard game. With Power Dice,
you’ll have one chance to double any score (2x), one chance to
roll all 6 dice again (R+), and one chance to negate a Farkle
(-F). In exchange for these perks, you’ll need to reach a
higher target score to win.
You’ll have 10 rolls to complete the chosen score target, and must
roll a minimum of 300 points to bank (collect) the points. Before you
start the game, you’ll choose a bet size of 10 to 150 coins. Reach
the target score and you’ll win a corresponding amount of coins and
Power Dice, depending on the chosen level of difficulty.
Target scores (with or without Power Dice) and rewards are as
Score w/ Power Dice
Reward for Winning
3 to 2 Coins + 1 Power Dice
2 to 1 Coins + 2 Power Dice
8 to 1 Coins + 5 Power Dice
30 to 1 Coins + 10 Power Dice
These games are just like the single player version, except for two
things. First of all, you’ll be competing against one random, live
opponent. Second, each player gets an unlimited number of rolls. The
first to reach 5,000 points wins the game. Players can bet 50, 100,
250, 500 or 1,000 coins – winner takes all. Again, Power Dice can
be toggled on or off. When using Power Dice, the target score rises
to 7,500, and optional bet sizes increase by one digit each (i.e. 500
instead of 50, 1,000 instead of 100, etc.)
Tournaments are a unique beast to conquer. They can last 1 hour, 12
hours, 1 day or 1 week, with variable rules. You’ll be able to scroll
through all current tournaments to see the cost of entry, rules
(Power Dice On or Off), time remaining and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and
3rd place. You’ll compete against 20 other players, and can continue
playing games to try and increase your score until the time runs out.
Ads and In-App Purchases
This game does not overwhelm you with ads, which surely has something
to do with its high app rating. You’ll be shown an ad before and
after each game of Farkle. Most ads you can immediately press the
back button on your phone or tablet to skip. On rare occasions,
you’ll have to wait a minimum 5 seconds before closing the ad.
Tap the Shopping Cart icon and under the Chips tab, you can buy a
hoard of chips or Power Dice for anywhere from $1.99 up to $29.99.
Having a lot of chips comes in handy, too, as you can spend them to
customize your game, purchasing new dice and/or rolling cups in red,
black or gold.
Join the Farkle Dice Game Community on Facebook for special
promo codes that will earn you extra chips. New codes are generally
posted with each new season or holiday, and are worth anywhere from
10,000 to 20,000 chips each.
Codes that worked for me include FALL, WINTER, SPRING, SUNNY, 2018,
XMAS, and THANKS. That should be enough to put you in the 6-figure
chip range to start.
I have to say, this mobile Farkle app really does live up to its high
user ratings – at least, it did for me. A very small percentage of
people have complained that the app doesn’t work, that it crashes
constantly, or that they can’t compete in multi-player games because
the opponent never shows up to play. I have not experienced any of
If you enjoy it already, I highly recommend this Farkle game for iOS
and Android mobile devices. It’s terrifically addicting!
Adalene Lucas: is our jack of all trades here at DBC. She is a skilled coder, gambler, writer and webmaster. She lives in Manitoba where she enjoys the lush landscapes and camping near Tulabi Falls. Nature gives her inspiration to write. When she's not immersed in nature, her favorite words are "game theory". She lives with her husband and their two Labradors, Kophy and Whisper.