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Buy Boggle For Hours of Fun
Member Name: askmeanything
Date: 17/11/12, updated on 01/10/13 (36 review reads)
Advantages: Fun and educational
Disadvantages: timer might stick, letters don't sit square once shaken
Like word games? Yes? Well, then this is a must have. It's up there almost on the level of Scrabble.
Boggle is a fast thinking and fun game. It's a good educational tool for improving the English vocabulary. No foreign words or abbreviations allowed. Play from ages eight to any age upwards and each game only lasts three minutes.
There are sixteen lettered die in a plastic tray with a lid that looks rather like a dome shaped cake cover. Give it a good shake. Hear the letters rattle. Some people can go shaking on a bit too long with the build-up the beginning of the game. Usually, someone has to intervene before we are all deafened, with the shout, 'That's enough now.'
The aim is to produce a list of as many words as possible under the time limitation of three minutes. All letters in the word must be adjoining. Unlike, in scrabble straight horizontal lines and verticals do not have to be adhered to so long as the tips of the die are beside the required letter.
I'm always glad for the three minute egg timer being turned over and bringing the quiet. All that can be heard is the scribbling of the writing tools as lists of words are made on the paper and some sighs when things get tough.
We often play again and again. Each game provides different letter combinations. It's not boredom that stops play but things like bedtime. Even the sounds of the tiles rattling in the box speak of the excitement to come. It's shaken in much the same way as a drum roll leads to the main part of an event.
The noise can get a bit much depending on the enthusiasm of the assigned Boggle shaker. This job is taken in turns before each new game to prevent arguments.
After shaking and placing on the board not all the die settle squarely into their assigned slots. This means turning them so they are set correctly. This part can make people cheat as they can turn the dice to the letter that seems to suit the board best to create more words.
The covering lid is clear plastic. All the letters are visible. Even if you use your hand to cover the letters from sight some will still be visible. I turn my head away but it can be guaranteed that people will angle their heads to view and peep at what's in there to get a head start! We lift the lid off to avoid light glaring on the game and obstructing views.
Like under exam conditions there will always be players trying to scribble extra words after the time has run out.
There are also cheats who try to steal words from under your nose. I find myself resembling the child me, back in primary school days, hiding my work with a cupped arm and a bowed head!
My timer kept getting stuck so I had to go back out to buy a new egg timer.
Next the lists are read out and everyone calls out, 'yes' or 'no' to the words read out. No duplications of words are allowed. Cross out shared words from the list. The words left undiscovered by the other players are the words that win points. The winner is the person with the most words.
Alone - play by yourself and improve your vocabulary.
Also improves spelling and all whilst having fun.
Like Scrabble this is a must have game.
Summary: Great fun worth buying as a game to keep for ever.
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