Nerves of steel, a logical or intuitive mind and a dash of luck ought to steer you to victory at Calzo, a strategy Liar Dice game of bidding and bluffing.
Two or more players each start with the same number of dice. At the beginning of a round players roll their dice, keeping them hidden from their opponents. They then take it in turns to bid on the total number of particular faces showing across all the dice. When the bidding gets too high a player may call to end the round. The dice are revealed and the highest bid is checked to see if it was correct. If it is correct the caller loses a die. If it is wrong the bidder loses a die. A new round is started... The winner of the game is the last person with dice left.
Calzo has many options allowing the game to be played with different variations of rules and different numbers and types of dice. Play as a pass-and-play game with your human friends, or pit your wits and cunning against the devious computer! Can you climb the Game Center leaderboards for longest winning streaks? And can you bag an achievement for playing a perfect game?
Each player starts with the same number of dice. At the start of the round the players roll their dice, keeping them hidden from the other players.
The player starting the round makes a bid of how many of a particular face value are showing collectively on all the dice. For example they could bid 4-3 saying they think there are at least four dice showing the value three. The next player in turn can either make a higher bid, or they can call "Dudo" (meaning "I doubt") if they think the last bid was too high.
To make a bid over the top of another one, either the face value must be increased, or a greater number of any face can be used. For example, over 4-3 you could bid 4-4, 4-5, 4-6 or five or more of any face. However you could not bid 4-1 or 3-4.
To adjust your bid, tap or swipe on the numbers on the game screen. Tapping or swiping up increases the numbers (most often what you'll want). Swiping down decreases the numbers. To reset a number to the previous bid hold your finger on the number.
When "Dudo" is called, the dice are revealed and the dice showing the face value that was bid are counted. If there are at least as many dice as in the bid, the caller is wrong and loses one of their dice. If there are fewer dice than bid, then the bidder was wrong and loses a die.
After this a new round begins with the player that lost a die.
In Calzo Lite, the game is played with five six-sided dice per player.
In the full version of Calzo, the number of dice can be changed, and the game can be played with two-sided dice (also known as coins) or four-, six- or ten-sided dice. There is also an option to have the winner of each round bid first in the next round, and an option to shuffle the order in which the players will play.
In this variation of the game, a player can end a round by calling "Calzo" (meaning "I stick") if they think the last bid is exactly right. The dice are counted and if the number showing the nominated face is not what was bid (even if it less) then the caller loses a die. If the caller is exactly right then the bidder loses a die.
In the full version of Calzo there is an option for the caller to get a die back instead of the bidder losing a die.
In this variation of the game, ones are counted as wild. When a bid of another face value is called then the number of ones is added to however many there are of the bid face value. This rule is not used when playing with two-sided dice. (Think about it!)
The Wild Ones rule is available only in the full version of Calzo.
The computer does not cheat. Each computer player bids based on inferences using the knowledge of their own dice, the rules in play, how many dice each player has left, and what previous bids have been made. Computer players also bluff from time to time, which is particularly important in the final stages of a game.
In the full version of Calzo the number of Automata can be adjusted by swiping up and down on the number on the menu screen. In Calzo Lite there are always three Automata.
By default, human players can see how many dice each opponent has left. To make the game more challenging, there is a setting to hide the opponents' dice. Players must then remember how many dice are still in play. There is also an option to hide the last bids, again increasing the difficulty of the game.
In the full version of Calzo the number of Humano can be adjusted by swiping up and down on the number on the menu screen. Two or more human players can enjoy Calzo as a pass-and-play game. Each player's dice are automatically hidden after completing a bid, and the next player can then press "Show" to reveal their own dice. Just be careful passing your beautiful Apple device around the camp fire.
The names of human and computer players can be edited by holding down a finger on the name to be changed. Why not change the names of the computer players to people you don't like, and laugh maniacally as you give them a sound thrashing?
Both Calzo and Calzo Lite are Game Center aware. To compete in the Game Center there must be exactly one Humano and at least three Automata. The number of starting dice must be at least five. In Calzo Lite these settings are already fixed, but in the full game you will need to adjust the settings accordingly. When Game Center compatible settings are in use, the menu screen will show the current winning "Streak" and how many "Perfect" games have been played.
Streak refers to how many games have been won in a row using the current rules. The winning streak is reset to zero whenever a game is lost or a game is quit before it is completed. There are several Game Center leaderboards corresponding to various combinations of rules and different-sided dice. Note that in Calzo Lite you will not be able to compete on all the leaderboards. (Life is not the praun vol au vent you thought it was going to be.)
A perfect game means the winning player finishes with a full set of dice. Achievements are available for winning perfect games using various combinations of rules and different-sided dice. Some of the achievements are very hard to get, but that's a good thing, right? Note that in Calzo Lite you will only be able to collect some of the achievements.