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Having had the original version of scrabble before, with it being well worn, I bought the scrabble deluxe version after seeing it on offer a while back on the internet. Although it is the same letter game, where making words for points dependent on the respective values, the board and contents itself are different.
The board instead of being green, is a red and burgundy colour. All the bonus, 'triple word', 'double word' etc are in the same place, however, there is one slight change to the top of the board. In between each square on the board, is a thin metal 'barrier' which helps to divide the board. If you have played the original scrabble game before, you will know how frustrating when you move the board for another player to see, and the letter squares become shifted and move from the original position. The metal 'barrier' helps to prevent this, making it an easier gameplay.
Also, as previously mentioned about moving the board for other players to see, the deluxe version has helped to counteract this problem. The board is placed on a turntable which lets you turn the board so that everyone can see the right way up.
Lastly, each tile now is wooden instead of plastic. I can't say this is any better for quality, but it tends to fit in better with the style of the boards design and feel.
As a family we really like Scrabble as it actually brings everyone together for a sensible game. It also makes you think. With two children, it extends their vocabulary too. Even with them being 9 and 12, they give us a decent challenge on some games.
For those who don't know, Scrabble is a word game. You have a board, that is divided into squares. You have square tiles, with letters on, each one worth a different number of points. For example 'A' is worth one point, whereas 'Z' or 'Q' is worth ten. You place words on the board, in a crossword style, building off other peoples words. If you manage to place your tiles across special coloured squares you get bonus points, like double your word score.
Where Scrabble Deluxe differs is the quality. Instead of plastic tiles, you get wooden ones. The board is wood, with a raised grid to make the letter tiles stay in place (instead of a cardboard playing surface). Plus the whole board is on a turntable. This is particularly useful, as it allows you to rotate the board so the words are facing the right way for you. You also get nicer tile holders and a bag for the tiles too. It costs about £30 to £35, instead of about £15 for the regular version. In my opinion it is worth paying the extra for. It feels a lot nicer to play and that turntable feature is a lot more useful than one would think.
Well, with the nights drawing in and summer (what summer?) a distant memory, what better than a cosy game of Scrabble - a game of word skill and knowledge to match no other! Now, I am going to assume that most people will know the basics of Scrabble so I am not going to go into the rules of play in any depth. No - this review is to explain why, if you're serious about your Scrabble, it's best to invest in Scrabble Deluxe rather than just your common or garden ordinary version of the game!
First, for the unitiated though, just a few words about the rules of Scrabble (skip this bit if you want!) Scrabble is a word game for two to four players. Each player has seven tiles with letters on them and the aim is to lay them on the board in order to make the highest scoring words. These will not necessarily be the longest words or the most original but the ones that make the best use of the highest scoring letters. Common letters such as vowels only score 1 point but find a word containing a Z or a Q and these letters alone will score ten points.You add up the total points in the word to make your score which can be even higher if they are placed strategically on squares that are double or triple word or letter scoring! The winner is the person who, when all tiles have been laid, has the highest score!
It's a fun game and one that requires you to use your brain, but families have also been known to fall out over Scrabble, sometimes not talking for days afterwards! However, purchasing Scrabble Deluxe might go some way towards stopping all the fighting! I shall explain...
Firstly, the actual deluxe Scrabbleboard is so much better than the normal one. It is a highly finished wooden board with a rotating base. This means that when it is your turn you can rotate the board to face you so that you do not have to attempt to read words upside down! Also because the board has a raised grid, this keeps all the tiles in place so that they do not get dislodged when the board is moved. This is great because there is nothing more annoying than trying to get all tiles back in place if they do happen to accidentally get moved. Now, with this board, no one can deviously upset all the letters if they happen to be losing!
The set also contains letter racks so you can conceal your letters from your opponents with ease. Also these racks enable you to move your tiles around easily thus experimenting with different words - all unseen by your opponent. No longer are there any cries of 'Stop looking at my letters!'
There is also an electronic timer - an absolutely essential item if you don't want to get upset with the slowcoaches among you or those who won't lay a tile before they have considered absolutely every possible option. This timer is for two minutes and if you haven't laid any tiles in that time you just don't lay them - no argument!
I do find that the biggest cause of arguments when playing Scrabble though is the words themselves. It's amazing the number of words your so called friends will make up and swear blind that they can be found in some obscure dictionary. Now unfortunately, the deluxe version does not come with its own dictionary (some would argue that it should!) but it does come with a very useful list of all the two letter words that really do exist in the English language. Believe me, this really does prevent a lot of arguments - if your two letter word is on the list then fine but if it's not there you can't have it! Rules is rules!
The 100 tiles are the same as in normal set of scrabble but there is a rather lush velvet bag to place them in! There is also a rule guide with it just to make sure you are all playing by the same rules.
I do love playing Scrabble and I do really think that having the Deluxe version does make it a more enjoyable game. However it does not come cheap as on Amzon it costs a hefty £29.99 compared to the original Scrabble's price of £13.67! But then, maybe for the sake of harmonious relations, it might just be worth paying that little extra as it definitely is a superior game when all things considered!
The object of the game is to compete for the highest score by forming interlocking words in crossword fashion on the Scrabble board using tiles displaying letters with various score values. Higher scores can be obtained by using the tiles in locations and combinations that make the most use of the letter values and premium squares(eg: triple-letter score, double-word score etc) on the board.