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Button Men

Button Men
  • #: 40524
  • Price: $0.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Games
  • Updated: 2009-10-20
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0
  • Size: 22.50 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Thrust Interactive
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2009 Cheapass Games + Thrust Interactive
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Button Men is a quick-playing strategy game for one or two players where the goal is to capture your opponents dice while protecting your own. What makes Button Men unique is the set of characters you choose to fight with. Each artistically rendered character has their own unique strengths and weakness adding a deep level of strategy that will leave you saying “Just one more game!”

Players choose a character and take turns capturing each other’s dice using a combination of Power, Skill, Poison and Shadow attacks:

POWER ATTACK: One of your dice of equal or greater value than one of your opponent’s dice. 

SKILL ATTACK: Several of your dice add up exactly to the value on one of your opponent’s dice. 

POISON ATTACK: Worth negative points. Force your opponent to capture it and see them lose points. If you keep your own you lose its full size in points.

SHADOW ATTACK: Capture an enemy die that is equal to or greater than your own.  

It takes a great deal of strategy as well as good luck to win a game of Button Men.

Button Men won the Origins Award for Best Abstract Board Game of 1999, and the paper version spawned dozens of expansions with hundreds of different characters. This edition includes 24 characters and special rules for Shadow Dice and Poison Dice, with expansions soon to come.



- Single Player Mode

Entertain yourself for hours. Anytime, anywhere, 24/7!

- Two Player Mode

You've got friends! Sweet! Challenge your buddies and “beat people up”.

- Standard, Poison and Shadow Dice

Three types of dice to keep the strategy flowing game after game after game.

- Original 12 “Soldier”

Play with the crew that started it all - Avis, Hammer, Bauer, Shore, Karl, Niles, Kith, Hanna, Iago, Kublai, Clare and Stark.

- 6 “Vampyres”

Angel is back, along with her pals Buddy, Starchylde, Dunkirk, McGinty and Tiffany.

- 6 New Characters

6 All new, expert level characters to challenge your skill. Do you have what it takes? Sisters Sunshine & Darkness, Lawyer-with-gun Fargo, Swashbuckler Lon, Polly the Pirate and Nova, the hottest barbarian since the 1970s!

- All New Artwork

The new artwork is fantastic and the game's overall look is polished and clean. Check out the new Avis!

- Bluetooth Enabled

Yes, Bluetooth. The best way to play two-player - at least until the Internet option is up and ready.



“Genius. Button Men is a perfect balance of skill and chance, with endless strategies to choose from.” - ThirdIdea

“Well executed and faithful to the excellent 'manual' version.” - jgarbers1

“Fantastic implementation of the dice game. The graphics are nice, it plays at the right speed, and it's not as nerdy as cracking out actual buttons and polyhedral dice.” - junkurchin

“Good stuff! Reminds me of some dice games I played back in high school. Graphics are some of the best I've seen for a iPhone game.” - ocragi1

“After only a few minutes with this game I was hooked. This is a great unique dice game that is a definite page one app for me. Very entertaining and a must own.” - ChronoGear

“Like all James Ernest's award-winning game designs, simple and quick mechanics lure you into hours of strategy, as you work through the interactions and find hidden depths.” - Fabozz

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars

Could be HUGE with a few additions...

Played it for a little while and I have to say that it's a lot of fun. It's basically the exact same game as the original "Button Men" outing from Cheap A*s Games... and I was glad to see their logo at the front of the game so I could see that they at least had some input to the game. I loved the game then... and now I get to enjoy it all over again.

The game is basically a simple dice game where you try to capture your opponents dice through various means. There is a fair amount of strategy to the game and that was what drew me to it back in the late 90's.

You can find the rules to the game on the internet so I won't go into them here... but know that it's very simple to play but there is very deep in terms of how you go about making your attacks and you'll often find yourself second guessing what you're about to do.

I like the game a lot. Some might not like the $3 price tag, but it has already been worth it for me. There might be a sale, but for an extra couple of bucks I'm glad I have it now.

One thing that is really lacking in the game are stats. Nothing is kept and it comes down to a "one off" every time you play. I'd love to see this fixed and some added achievements... which I always love. The game can be played two player style (on one device), but this game could really use some other forms of multiplayer... okay.. all forms of multiplayer. Lastly, it wold be fun to customize your own Button Men. I know we did this with the original game and even turned it into our own version of a "wrestling fed" back in the day...

If those little things get worked out I could see this becoming a huge hit with people challenging other Button Men from all over the world. I think it would then be one of my top five apps. Until then it's still a great way to kill some time... and, as the game likes to say... Beat People Up.

Now... please bring out some of the other Cheap A*s Games... Kill Dr. Lucky for starters!

5/5 stars

Polished, tight little strategy game

Like all of James Ernest's award-winning game designs, simple and quick mechanics lure you into hours of strategy, as you work through the interactions and find hidden depths. Thrust's clean, razor-sharp graphics are the perfect complement to the gameplay, and solid AI gives you plenty of opportunity to hone your skills.

My one complaint is that this is a game that really cries out for social-network extensions, such as achievements, challenges and Internet multiplayer. Download a copy of OpenFeint and get cracking, guys!

5/5 stars


Button Men is a perfect balance of skill and chance, with endless strategies to choose from. The perfect game for a quick 5 minutes of downtime, it can also easily gobble up hours as you think, "just one more game!"

If you like games but are tired of clone after clone of match-3 this, tower defense that, give Button Men a try and see what true excellence in game design looks like.

Highly recommended and worth every penny.


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