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Perudo, South American Liars Dice, is an exciting game of guesswork, bluff and luck. No board, no setting up, no complicated rules. So wherever you may be from the Andes to the Rockies, with a handful of dice and a little cup you're ready to take on all comers.
Our family began playing Perudo about 10 yrs ago. Since then we have introduced many family and friends to it. Now my husband's family plays as do all of his high school buddies (and we are now WAY beyond high school age!) Great game for any age. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas when the family gets together Perudo is brought out. May the best liar win!
Perudo is known by many names: Dudo, Liar's Dice, Cauchos, and so on. This game has been around for many, many years and weathered the storm admirably - truely a classic.
As many reviews have already said, you don't necessarily need to buy this game in order to play it. But, if you are starting from scratch and want some nice dice cups and the dice to fill them, you will likely spend as much on components as you would on this edition of the game.
The components are good quality. The dice cups are a sturdy, rubbery plastic. The dice and cups match colors, adding a little extra fun and brightness to the game. The cups stack together tightly, with a lid to fit on the top cup, storing all the dice securely together. The game comes in a nice tin, and also includes a colorful travel bag (which does shrink the necessary space for packing the game).
If you connect with friends that already play the game you will want to make sure everyone is using the same rules. With any game that has been around this long, rule variants are inevitable. I recently played a game, for instance, where half the players used one form of bidding (where as soon as someone bid on 5's, you could only bid on 5's or 6's, and go up from there), and the other half used another form (where a bid of seven 4's would beat a bid of six 6's - this is the bidding style I first learned and thus prefer).
This game is definitely a keeper, in whatever form you choose to play it.
Perudo is a great game with four or more players. It is easy to learn, and a relatively quick play, but also has some layers of strategy. This set comes with six sets of dice/cups, but you can easily expand it to more players with additional dice. We found it nice to have the different color dice, which makes it obvious which players have how many dice left. Note that this game is the same as the new "Pirate's Dice", from the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but you get six sets of different colored dice, rather than four sets, and it is less expensive, thus it a good value. It also has a convenient soft carrying case. You certainly can buy your own dice, but we have found it for the convenience and the matching sets, it is well worth buying this. We have taken it many places, from vacations abroad to camping, lunch time at work, and it is always a big hit, bringing out the competitive spirit in people. Highly recommended.