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: Coffeetiere
Advantages: Educational and fun
My oldest child is only five, so we are still slightly pre the age when child begin to be able to play board games. There are a number board games I had when I was a child which I have kept, including Boggle, which was one of my favourites.
Boggle is a great word game, good for helping kids spell and recognise words within letter mixes, but at the same time I played this game when we have had friends around for dinner, and it always go down well, even if the guys do start to get super competitive!
The Boggle set comes with a plastic box, the bottom part is where the letters sit and a lid. The letters are printed on sixteen cubes which sit in ridges in the base on the plastic box. You need the lid so you can shake the letter cubes up between each game. Nowadays I believe Boggle comes with an electric timer and each game is three minutes in length, although because I got my Boggle last century mine came with a three minute egg timer!
There is one letter on each side of each cube, with the exception of 'q' which comes paired as 'qu' otherwise it wouldn't be much use. The object of the game is to get as many words from the letter scramble as you can in three minutes. The longer the word the more points it is worth. To be a valid word the cubes must be adjacent to each other, either vertically or horizontally and the same letter cannot be used twice.
Points per word are awarded as follows:
3/4 - 1 point
5 - 2 points
6 - 3 points
7 - 5 points
8+ - 11 points
Obviously the one with the most points wins at the end of the game. The nice thing about Boggle is you can make the game as long/short as you like. It could just be one 3 minute round, or 10 rounds, you just keep going until you have had enough!
Boggle costs around £15, which I think is a good price for such a good game. It is recommend for kids 8+ which would be about right and it's a really excellent game for getting kids spelling.
Summary: A great game for both kids and adults
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