It’s time for one the most classic games of them all, it’s time to review the board game Scrabble!
You probably already heard about it. You have a board with squares and some letters. Make words with what you have and place it on the board connecting with other words (like a crossword game). Your points will be the sum of each letter plus any applicable multiplier you can find on the board.
Product Details [line]
Creator: Alfred Mosher Butts
Year Published: 1948 (Originally)
Number of Players: 2 – 4
Age: 8 and above
Play Time: 45 – 90 minutes
Learning Difficulty: Easy
Game Rules: Click here
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The components quality and material of Scrabble greatly varies accordingly with the edition, year published and country you bought it. Usually the rule is a thin board where you place your letters and very good durable plastic letters to be played. The racks you use to keep your letters are made of the same material and nicely attend its purpose.
One of the things I always like in a board game is when it has a pouch where you can keep some items in case you have to draw it, and Scrabble has one to keep the letters mixed and secret.
The finishing of the letters seems to be very durable as I never notice any lost of paint in the letters name, which looks impressive as you are always mixing the letters with each other and causing them to colide with each other.
Due to its success, Scrabble can be found all over the world and different languages. Each language has a different numbers of repeated letters and the points vary to adapt it correctly to that reality.
Game Experience [line]
Some people prefer playing Scrabble with only 2 people. I prefer to play it with 4 as you have more places to connect your own words and sometimes people just getting in your using placing a word where you were planing playing yours. It makes the game more fun, but I still play it with only 2 people as sometimes you just want to chill and don’t have a bigger group of people at hand.
Your goal here is to make as much points as you can. Each letter has a number assigned to it. Every time you play a word, you sum your letter points and take note. Some squares in the board grid has special multipliers such as double your letter points or triple your word points. So it’s obviously not just about playing words, but you need a bit of strategy to be able to get the most of your words and the special points.
If at any point you manage to use your 7 letters to form a word, you get a huge 50 bonus, which makes it more interesting.
The game finishes when there’s no more letters left in the pouch and uses all of its own letters or when everyone passes or change letters 2 times.
When I play it, everyone is usually very quiet and concentrating in form their own words while other player is thinking/playing. I usually don’t play with restricted time, but always try to play as fast as possible.
Some people think Scrabble as a boring board game as it’s not as dynamic as other board games can be (for example Ticket to Ride). But I do recommend it for people that like to test their language skills, children that already have a small vocabulary and even English students that need to remember the new words they’re learning and build their vocabulary.
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I’ve not being tracking my high score in Scrabble as I have in other games, but my high score, as far as I can remember, is 257. Not incredibly high, but good enough. 😉