Product Type: other board games
Newest Review: ... box after use. The idea of the game is to find as many words as possible that others playing don't have. To start the cubes must be shoo... more
Boggle the night away
Member Name: SJ2011
Advantages: Any number of players,helps kids with spelling and vocabulary.
This was bought years ago as a present for my gran who loved doing crosswords and playing
word games such as Scrabble with us when we were kids. Somewhere along the line the Boggle
game found it's way into my mums attic to be rediscovered by my 11 year old nephew earlier this
The game consists of 16 dice which have a letter on each side and a plastic tray divided into a 4 x 4
grid with a lid so you can shake the dice without losing them. The dice land within the grid with one
letter showing on the top side of each dice and the object of the game is to make as many words as
possible before the 3 minute sand timer runs out. The letter Q is represented by Qu on the dice
thankfully or it would hardly ever get used unless you were lucky enough to get a U next to it.
In the proper version of Boggle you should make words from letters that are adjacent to each other
vertically,horizontally or diagonally and each letter can only be used once in a word. Each player
writes down their words and when the timer stops each player goes through their words and any
word that another player has is discounted before scoring.
The scores are then calculated by number of letters in the words
The Qu tile still counts as 2 letters even though it's only one tile.
1 point for 3 or 4 letter words
2 points for 5 letter words
3 points for 6 letter words
5 points for 7 letter words
11 points for 8+ letter words
As we usually always had kids playing the game we always played a simplified version of the game
depending on the age of the kids playing as the real game gets a bit frustrating for the kids and
probably some adults too if we're honest.
If the kids playing are the younger ones we just let them make up words from the tiles available
without the need for the tiles to be connecting but to even things up the adults and teenagers
words have to be connecting as they would be in the proper game rules this means that the kids
have a fair chance of beating the adults and frequently do.
When it comes to scoring we don't discount the words others have and any real word gets scored
by the points system detailed above.
One of the great things about this game is any number of people can play at once or you can play
alone and try to beat your own score. The game is ready to play in seconds (or minutes if like us
you've got noisy kids who like shaking it for 5 minutes) just shake the dice turn over the timer and it's ready to go there's no batteries required or complicated set up all you need are pens and paper and
the game itself.
The games are short and fast the timer only last 3 minutes so it's a frantic scribble to find and write
down the words and there's added entertainment value from the silly made up words and squabbles
over whether the word exists. I think this is a great game for kids as they are building up their
vocabulary and improving their spelling without realising it because they are having fun at the same
time and the chance of making the adults look stupid by winning adds to their enjoyment. Get the
kids to count up the scores and they're also improving their maths as well although our lot do have a tendency to add a few points here and there to their score and subtract a few from any unsuspecting adult. I'm dyslexic and found games like Boggle and Scrabble seemed to help me when I was a kid
which is probably the reason we played games like this so often when I was younger.
We've played this several times over the holidays and it was good to get together for a change
and play a game everyone could join in rather than just relying on the Playstation or Wii for
entertainment as we usually do.
The Boggle game costs £12.99 and is suitable for age 8 upwards.
Summary: Great word game to play as a family