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THE MIND BOGGLES? CERTAINLY DOES!
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Advantages: It's great fun..
Disadvantages: Can be noisy & youngsters can't really play..
Boggle is a word game intended to make you think! The game consists of a plastic 'grid' which contains sixteen dice, each with a letter on each side. There is also a small egg-timer in the box and you will need each player to have a pen and paper in order to play too.
The object of the game is quite simple; words must be plucked out of the 'grid' according to what letters are showing on the dice. This sounds easier than it is, as you cannot make words from any old letters that are showing, but the letters in question must all be on dice that are touching each other. All this, and you only get three minutes to make as many words as you can!
The concept is not difficult to grasp, and after a few games I found I was getting the hang of it a little better and I managed to find some really great words. The longer the word the better of course, as the longer words always manage to achieve a higher score so this means that when it comes to tallying up the points at the end of the game, those with the sharpest eye are usually the ones to get the highest reward.
Any words that have been found by more than one player are deemed worthless and do not count.
The scoring is simple: three/four letter words get one point, five letter words get two points and so on.
To re-start the game, the plastic lid can easily be replaced on the grid and once the whole thing has been shaken up a few times, the dice fall easily back into their slots and a new game can begin. A word of warning though - when shaking the dice around it will be EXTREMELY noisy!
I always really like playing Boggle, but this is probably because I love word games. I know for a fact that it is not a particularly popular choice with other friends and family members who have deemed it 'boring'. (That is probably because they know I will beat them though - I've never lost a game to date!)
The only change we have ever made to the game is to change the 'time allocated' slightly. We have made it four minutes instead of three to allow for more 'word-getting' time, as well as shortening the time given to two minutes to add a bit more of a challenge. This was not entirely successful, and most players only managed to obtain a small handful of words, so this option was never allowed again.
I did suggest at one point that only five letter words (and up) were classed as being valid, and any words under this length would not be counted, but I was (vastly) out-voted and this version never got a chance.
I like how simple the game is- it only took a couple of games to get into the swing of things and get the hang of the game. This is most definitely NOT one of those games where you need to read huge booklets about the rules and object of the game. I find that this is good for when I have had a few people over for dinner or a family gathering, as anybody who has not played Boggle before can still join in. On these occasions we tend to have one or two practice rounds where points are not noted, and this usually allows the new-comers to find their feet quickly.
The plastic grid is relatively small - the version I have is quite an old version but even so, the grid and plastic cover could quite easily fit into a suitcase when going on holiday or a caravan trip or something, so this might be helpful to know. There is definitely a 'portable' element to this game as there is no bulky board to consider!
I think the game is ideal for teenagers or adults, but children may struggle a little to find any half-decent words, so obviously this has to be considered. It shouldn't be difficult to bend the rules slightly though, perhaps two letter words could be counted for example?
I would thoroughly recommend 'Boggle', particularly if you are a fan of scrabble, or playing word puzzles such as Anagrams or word searches. I think it is great fun and I will be giving it top marks! I love it!
Boggle can be purchased online from www.amazon.co.uk, where there are new and old versions available to buy. It costs around £14.99 to buy the game new. I have also seen it in good toy shops.
Summary: A fab game for after dinner parties etc..
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