Slot Magical Dice — Game Review
Soft Magic Dice
Soft Magic Dice is a developer of games for online casinos. This page reviews and lists casinos running its software. Last Updated: November 14, 2022.
Our rating: Poor
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Review of Soft Magic Dice casino software
Soft Magic Dice is an internet betting software developer that was founded in 2012 and delivers its products directly to casino operators throughout the world. The company has had a small growth over the first few years of its life, but has eventually gotten to the point where they are delivering a full casino experience to punters. Despite its long development cycle for games though, Soft Magic Dice has come to face a fair bit of criticism for what users consider to be buggy games.
Software and Games
Soft Magic Dice specializes in the development of Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette, Video Poker, and slot titles. The software library at Soft Magic Dice isn’t large, but it is definitely serviceable, offering up 37 video slots, 8 classic slots, 7 video poker games, 15 variations on Blackjack, Roulette, and Baccarat, and 20 parlour games in their library.
The quality of these games is good in terms of presentation, although the fun graphics and features are sunk by faulty programming bugs which can cause various errors in gameplay. Our own testing confirmed reports that certain slots do not pay the correct line wins from time to time. The chat representative we spoke to then explained that wild symbols on the first reel of a slot do not count as wild. If that doesn’t give you reason to worry, you need to step back and ask yourself why a Wild Symbol would even be offered on a reel if it wasn’t going to count.
Conversely, it has been discovered that Soft Magic Dice is offering Blackjack games that have no house edge, and in fact have a 0.75% player advantage. We can only assume that this is an error by the developer, perhaps unaware that offering the European no hole card and surrender options in the same game actually favours the player. Thus it cannot be expected that these games will be offered for the long-term, as the developer is likely to yank the game once they realise the error of their ways.
Video poker has also not been able to escape the questionable quality of the other casino games in the library, with a player reporting that he hit a low straight (A, 2, 3, 4, 5) only to find out that the casino does not treat Aces as both a high and low card, becoming perhaps one of the only developers we have ever seen to not pay such straights in a game of Jacks or Better.
Soft Magic Dice is a developer that provides a series of games different to those you will have seen before. Unfortunately, this is generally not for the best, as the unique titles are undermined by questionable programming, resulting in zany rules and errors that can cost players their hard earned bankrolls. It is hard to recommend games from Soft Magic Dice to players in their current form, and we hope that the developer fixes these bugs and improves their quality control in the future.
At a Glance
- Unique games that are available to American players
- Blackjack games have a supposed player advantage
- Buggy slot games with wilds that don’t behave as wilds
- Video poker doesn’t count Ace low straights as a winning hand
- Questionable results on blackjack games with player advantage
- Soft Magic Dice Website
Dice Versa review
Rating: :: DEAL WITH THE DEVIL
Dice Versa is a simple but clever puzzle game that is worth checking out, in part because it’s totally free.
App Reviewed on: iPhone SE
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Editor’s Note: Since publishing, this title has been updated and now features ads with an option to remove them for a one-time $2.99 in-app purchase
You could skip this review of Dice Versa entirely and just play it. This puzzle game that dropped practically out of nowhere is available now on the App Store for free. There’s no ads, no in-app purchases, and it’s pretty enjoyable for what it is.
Dice with the devil
Dice Versa is a game where you have to match dice on a game board. Each dice has a number and color value assigned to it and the trick of the game is that you can’t place dice next to each other that don’t match in color and/or number. Once you fill a row or column of four dice, they clear off the board and add to your overall score, which is tallied for the leaderboards once you’ve run out of viable moves to make.
It’s pretty similar to a lot of other matching puzzle games, but there are some key nuances to Dice Versa that help it stand out. Over time, your dice pool gets larger, as do the numbers and color variety of dice. There are also «wild» dice that can match with any number of dice and a combo system for chaining multiple matches together at once, clearing rows or columns with single numbers/colors, and more.
Outside of simply score climbing (and an initial tutorial), Dice Versa doesn’t have much to offer. This may come as no surprise if you understand Dice Versa‘s origins. The game started as an entry in the Game Makers’ Toolkit 2022 Game Jam, and thanks to its popularity and selection as one of the event’s winners, it got polished up just enough to be released.
This is all to say that Dice Versa doesn’t have some of the other trimmings you might expect from other mobile puzzle games. There aren’t unlocks, cosmetics, achievements, or any other frills to keep you playing beyond the core matching systems themselves. Generally speaking, I prefer my puzzle games this way, though I know that seems to go against current design trends for creating successful mobile titles.
For all that is included in Dice Versa, the finished product is quite nice and user friendly. The game board helpfully highlights where you can make valid plays and explains when you get a score multiplier and what it is for. It also has some accessibility features like a colorblind mode, haptic feedback, and screen shake toggles that you can adjust to your liking.
While all of these features are great, I did find myself wanting two key features that are noticeably absent from Dice Versa. The first is a way to resume play sessions if you step away from a run or restart your phone. The other is some kind of alternate control scheme, as I found myself sometimes dragging dice to slots I didn’t intend to drop them in, which a tap-based input method would likely prevent.
The bottom line
Dice Versa is a neat little puzzle game that is both easy to and well worth checking out. It isn’t swimming in bells and whistles, but it also doesn’t really need to, especially considering the asking price.