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
Member Name: kama0529
Advantages: Fun. Easy rules. Competitive and challenging. Helps spelling and learning new words. Whole family.
Boggle is one of those games that I was bought up on, played throughout my teens and early adulthood, and now it's something I play with my older children and also with my partner and friends. It is one of those games that truly does transcend generations and it's strangely addictive. I prefer playing this to most other word games such as Scrabble and Lexicon - and that's not to talk those games down, it's more a matter of I really like this one. I have owned several Boggle sets over the years, but the current one is one that I bought from my local independent toy store for £7.99, but it is a game that you can pick up easily enough from places like Amazon.
This is a word game - and the rules are very easy to learn. The game is made up of a series of 16 dice, with each face of the dice having a letter on. These dice sit in a grid that is 4 x 4 and then on top of this grid there is a plastic lid, which enables you to shake the dice altogether and then get them to settle randomly in the grid squares. The idea then is to look at the letters and make as many words (of 3 or more letters) as you can ensuring that the letters are adjacent to each other (horizontally, vertically or diagonally). For example, in the following grid:
A S J D
P N A R
T O O K
L A E C
So: you could have:
But you couldn't have:
There is a egg-timer which last three minutes that comes with the game and so this allows you to time it. Once the 3 minutes is up, player one reads her words out and if anyone has the same words then you cross them off. This goes on until all players have read their words off - and then the words that are left (that no one else has) are the words that are scored. You get scored according to how many letters are in your word - and the more letters, the higher the score. You usually decide how many games you're going to play in a row - and the winner is the one with the highest score.
I find this is a fun game and we get really really competitive with it. We have even had a Boggle League (sad I know!!). It's also a really good way to learn new words, and also for kids to be challenged on spelling words. Any fake words or mis-spelt words (courtesy of Mr. Dictionary) are discounted. It's easy to understand and I would say that kids from about 10 years old can play it fairly easily. Also it's a game you can play with up to about 8 people - but I prefer it if it's around 4 people. I recommend this to anyone who likes word games and hasn't tried this one!
Summary: Fun for the whole family.