Rory’s Story Cubes Review

Welcome to my second day of Board Game Week- A board game review, every day for 7 days! Today it’s a Rory’s Story Cubes review. OK, Rory’s Story Cubes aren’t exactly a board game, but it is a fun game none-the-less… and the kids love it!

What are Rory’s Story Cubes?

Rory’s Story Cubes is a fun game with endess ways to play. The game consists of 9 six sided cubes, each side of the cubes has a picture. 54 pictures in total. The game can be played with 1 or more players (there really are no rules!). We found the game worked best though, when there were at east 3 of us playing. It’s great for parties but equally as fun when playing with my small kids. I can imagine that when playing at parties, the consequences could be hilarious!

The game doesn’t come with any instructions, because the way you play can be completely up to you. Do what you like, there is no wrong way to play!

Who’s it for?

The game states that it is suitable for players aged 8+ but my 4 and 5 year olds totally got the aim of the game and thoroughly enjoyed it!  And as for my 2 year old… well, she kinda got it. I was surprised at how easily the kids ‘got it’. They sat for 1 whole hour playing with Rory’s Story Cubes, lost in a little world of imagination and wonder. They were rolling dice and making up their own wonderful little games. My 2 year old rolled an alien, and spent 15 minutes just simply pretending to be an alien. I suppose that was her way of playing! And that’s cool.

Obviously, kids can play and make up wonderful stories, but adults can have loads of fun too. We played Rory’s Story Cubes once the kids had gone to bed. Adults playing the game can be hilarious… it got a little risqué at times too! That’s the joy of this game, anyone can play in any way that you want. There is always a time and a place for Rory’s.

How to play

As I have mentioned a few times, this game can be played however you like! There is no right or wrong way. That’s what makes this game so wonderful.

My favourite way to play is by rolling 3 dice at a time. 3 to create a beginning, 3 to create a middle and 3 to create an ending. Your story can be as long or as short as you like. If there are 3 players, you could take it in turns to create a beginning, middle and ending each.

Why not try using Rory’s Story Cubes like this…

  • Use them as a tool to write a book
  • Play at bedtime to create a wonderful bedtime story
  • Make a play or a puppet show
  • Roll a die and pretend to be the ‘thing’ that you have rolled
  • Tell a story using all sides of one cube
  • Use it to play ‘eye spy’. The first person to spot what you rolled, wins.
  • All roll 1 die each and make a story ‘train’
  • Use them to reimagine your favourite films, TV shows or books
  • Tell a story backwards
  • Create a comedy, romance, horror or action story
  • Roll a few dice each and write a story in secret. The first to finish their story wins
  • Think of a movie that features that image

Final thoughts

I was so impressed with Rory’s Story Cubes. They are a must-have game for every household. I have decided to keep them in my changing bag permanently for when out and about with the kids. They are ideal to keep children busy (and relatively quiet) when they need entertaining. They are a perfect size too. Around the size of a jewellery box and light, they take up next to no room in a handbag, car glove box or suitcase when on holiday.

Super easy to play with no rules or instructions, let your imaginations run wild, with hours of play!

Where to buy

Rory’s Story Cubes are available in lots of online and high street stores. Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Waterstones, Tesco, and all good board game shops all sell the original Rory’s Story Cubes. RRP £9.99

There are also expansion packs (containing 9 dice). Actions, Voyages and Fantasia can all be played on their own or used with the original set of Rory’s Story Cubes. RRP £9.99.

3 cube sets are also available featuring clues, enchanted, prehistoria, intergalactic, medic, score, fright, Animalia, mythic, medieval, rescue, powers, strange, explore and rampage; RRP £3.99 each.

Fancy even more? How about playing with some special Rory’s Story Cubes Storyworlds dice. Choose from Adventure Time, Scooby Doo, Moomin, Batman, Looney Toons and Dr Who. RRP £11.99 each.

Each set of cubes can be played on their own or played with any other set of Rory’s Story Cubes… you could go absolutely wild and play every single dice all at once. You might be story telling for quite some time though.

So… Plenty to keep you going. Oh, and there’s an app too!

To find out more, visit the Rory’s Story Cubes website.

Did you catch my Arokah game review yesterday? A wonder brain-teasing puzzle for the whole family! Read my review here.

**  A copy of Rory’s Story Cubes was gifted to me in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own. **


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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  1. Aww I love the concept of these – so good at encouraging children’s imagination and story telling 🙂

  2. I had never thought of ‘dice’ or cubes as a mechanism for telling stories but I love the concept of the Rory’s story cubes as a storytelling narrative!

  3. This sounds like so much fun. I used to work in a Primary School and loved the children’s imagination when telling stories, it sounds like they’d create some lovely stories with Rory’s Story Cubes!

    Ami xxx

  4. My daughter would love these, she’d be able to make up stories for hours she has such a vivid imagination – they’re fab!

  5. I love the idea of this game!! I would have played for hours as a child with these, inventing stories and writing them down in my story book, as I had dreams of being a published author one day hehe x

  6. I wonder if my 4 year old twins would like this game. Sounds interesting.

  7. I’ve never heard of these, but my 5-year old would LOVE them – this is such a great way to encourage a child to use their imagination! I can imagine my husband and I have fun playing with them after a glass or two of wine as well! This is going on his birthday list for sure.

  8. Oh how fun! I love things like this and think they can e great aids for encouraging creativity. I agree about there being hilarious outcomes… especially if it’s an adults gathering after a few drinks!

  9. These dice look like they make a great game with so many combinations too! I can’t wait until my daughter has a bigger imagination!

  10. These are gorgeous. What a great idea. My daughter has some toddler story stones, but these would be the perfect transition as she gets older. They’re so wonderful for helping their imagination to flourish. x

  11. I really like the idea of these . Alessia would definately like something like this , she loves story making

  12. I love the sound of these. They would make a great travelling game and be perfect for lots of creative play

  13. I love these, I use them lots at school to help students come up with creative writing ideas!

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