Product Type: other board games
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The mind boggles
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Date: 04/05/12, updated on 04/05/12 (36 review reads)
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Boggle is another board game from Hasbro. The pieces are well made, the box is sturdy and overall the game is good value for money as it lasts for years. I've had mine over 20 years and it still looks brand new. Granted, I don't play it all that much, but still it is doing well for 20 years old!
==How to play==
In Boggle, you get 16 dice with different letters on each dice. There is a board/tray for the dice which has cover on the top, much like a cake cover. You cover the tray, shake the dice and they fall into the slots. There is a timer, I think you get a minute or minute and a half to make up as many words as you can. The twist is, that you can't just pick any random letter, the letters have to be next to each other, whether that is opposite, adjacent, diagonal etc. that's fine, but they have to be touching in some way. It can make the game quite difficult.
The scores go like this:
3/4 letter word = 1 point
5 letter word = 2 points
6 letter word = 3 points
7 letter word = 5 points
8+ = 11 points (very difficult to score this many) - typically you will get lots of 3/4 letter words.
==Why I like it==
One of the main reasons I like it is that it is really compact and doesn't involve any fiddly pieces. It is easy to take on holiday and regularly goes camping with us and is packed in the "travel games" bag. It isn't as small as a traditional travel game but compared to most board games, it is small. The "board"/"tray" is about 12cm x 12cm so as you can see, quite small.
I also like it as it makes you think about the words you can make and it can be quite hard to get long words due to the rule that the letters have to be next to each other. I like a bit of a challenge when it comes to board games.
==Who might like it?==
Anyone who likes Scrabble would probably love this game, it is similar but different at the same time. I do like the fact that there is a timer as it encourages people to hurry up and think (I think Scrabble could benefit from a timer in my humble opinion!).
This is a good game for the family, I think 8-12 years olds would like this best and it might help them to develop their literacy skills. Good game for everyone though, I still like it and I'm nearly 30!
Edit to add: Azana the guide for Toys pointed out that "a consumer review about a 20 year old product can never be as helpful as it could be - quality of the game may have substantially changed - most games have". I do know that the game itself hasn't changed, nor have the rules. I can't comment about current quality of the game if you went out and bought it today but in terms of fun, I'm certain that won't have changed.
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