What is the current version of iZilch?
The current version of iZilch is version 1.1. You can check and see what version you are running by tapping the “i” button on the main game screen and then tapping the “About” button on the Info Page. The About screen will show you the version of iZilch you have installed on your iPhone or iPod touch.
What is new in iZilch v 1.1?
There are several new features in iZilch v 1.1 including dice scoring hints and tap to score. Dice scoring hints are turned on by default in version 1.1. With dice scoring hints on, the dice that can score briefly highlight themselves after each roll. If you forget what dice highlighted themselves, you can double tap the screen and the scoring dice will highlight themselves again. This makes it easier to learn the scoring rules and your brain has to do less pattern-matching work to play the game. You can also now tap the dice that score to score them, since that makes the gameplay a little faster and is easier than dragging dice to the “Dice Scoring Area”.
How do you play iZilch?
Make sure you are using the latest version of the program. Version 1.1 has a link to a “How to Play iZilch” YouTube video (the same one on the home page of this website). To watch the video, tap the “i” key on the main game screen, then tap the “YouTube Video” button on the Info Page. You can also read the instructions by tapping the “Instructions” button on the Info Page. Even if you watch the video, you should still read the instructions.
Why can’t I move some dice into the Dice Scoring Area?
You can only move dice into the Dice scoring area that will score points. If you did not Zilch on the roll, one or more of the dice can score. See the instructions for a list of dice scoring combinations, or in version 1.1 double tap the screen to see the dice that can score briefly highlight themselves.
Why are both the “Roll Dice” and “Stay” buttons both disabled sometimes?
You have to move at least one of the dice that can score into the Dice Scoring Area for the “Roll Dice” and “Stay” buttons to become enabled. If you have three of a kind, the “Roll Dice” and “Stay” buttons will not be enabled until all three dice are in the Dice Scoring Area. If you have three of a kind in the Dice Scoring Area and move one of the three dice out of the Dice Scoring Area, the “Roll Dice” and “Stay” buttons will become disabled until you put the die back in the Dice Scoring Area, or drag the other two dice out of the Dice Scoring Area.
I bought the game, but the iTunes Store will not let me download it.
iTunes will let you purchase iZilch regardless of the version of the software installed on your iPhone or iPod touch. However, you must have at least version 2.2 of the iPhone or iPod touch system software installed in order for iZilch to be downloaded to your iPhone or iPod touch when you sync with iTunes. You can update the Operating System on your iPhone by plugging your iPhone into your computer and pressing the “Check for Updates” button on the iTunes Device Summary page for your iPhone or iPod touch and installing the update if it is available.
If you try to buy iZilch on the iPhone App Store on your iPhone or iPod touch, it will not let you complete the purchase unless you have at least version 2.2 installed.
How do you control the volume of the game while you are playing iZilch?
Sound in iZilch is controlled by the iPhone’s hardware volume and mute buttons that control the iPhone ringtone and system sounds. This means that you can start playing music on your iPhone, launch iZilch and still listen to your music while you are playing. The iZilch game sounds are merged with the sound of your music. If you turn your volume up or down using the hardware buttons on the side of your iPhone, the volume of the music and sounds in iZilch will be adjusted accordingly.
If you would like to play iZilch silently, or listen to your music without having the iZilch game sounds merged with the music, you can mute the iPhone ringtone with the hardware mute switch on your iPhone. This will not affect the volume of your music, but will mute the game sounds in iZilch.
You can also turn off the game sounds in version 1.1 by going to the “Settings” page and tapping the “Off” button by “Game Sounds”. To get to the “Settings Page”, tap the “i” button on the main game screen, then tap “Settings”. This way you can play iZilch silently, but still have an audible ringtone when someone calls you.
Can I turn off Roll by Shaking?
Version 1.1 allows you to turn off the “Roll by Shaking” feature. This is important if you are playing iZilch in a car, train, bus or airplane and experiencing a bumpy ride. If you turn off Roll by Shaking, you can still roll the dice by pressing the “Roll” button on the main game screen. To get to the “Settings Page”, tap the “i” button on the main game screen, then tap “Settings”.
What does the Expert play level do?
iZilch 1.1 has two levels of game play, Expert and Normal. Expert plays the same way iZilch 1.0 played and is a little harder to beat than the Normal mode. The Normal mode uses a less sophisticated strategy for choosing which dice to score and when to stay and is the default in iZilch 1.1. You can switch back to Expert mode on the “Settings” page by tapping the Expert Play Level “On” button. To get to the “Settings Page”, tap the “i” button on the main game screen, then tap “Settings”.
Does the iPhone cheat?
No, but sometimes it is lucky! The dice rolling algorithm we use conforms to the mathematical odds of rolling physical dice. However, sometimes it will exhibit runs of luck for either you or the iPhone or iPod touch that might make it seem like cheating. iZilch is a game of chance and luck is an important factor in determiniing the outcome of the game.
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