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Mattel Scrabble Original
Member Name: kirstysian
Mattel Scrabble Original
Advantages: fun, keeps brain active, ideal for most ages
Whilst having a bit of a spring clean I came across some of my old board games, one of which was the old classic Scrabble. I used to love playing scrabble when I was younger and always played it around my Nan's so one year when I got it from Father Christmas I was very excited.
**What is Scrabble?**
Scrabble is a board game that revolves around the basis of the players creating words. Different letters are worth a set amount of points with the harder to use letters being worth more.
**What do you get in the box?**
In the box you will find the board that you use to set out the words on. The middle of the board has a star on and is where the first player has to set out their word. After the first word has been set the next players have to place their words around the words already on the table and connect them either horizontally or vertically.
I have had my game of scrabble for about 12 years and the board is still going strong so it is very durable.
You also get the letter tiles of which there are 100. The letter tiles show the main letter in the middle with the point's value in the bottom right corner. You also get a bag to put the letters in, this allows you to shake the letters up so that players can pick their tiles randomly.
Players will receive a tile holder in which they can place the tiles that they have picked. This is also useful so that your components cannot see what letters you have.
In order to keep track of scores you receive a score note pad. This is pretty basic and just has space for names and points totals. On the back of every sheet is a blank scrabble board which i'm guessing you can fill in as the game goes on but I don't really see the point to this. When your notepad runs out of pages it is just as easy to total the scores on a normal bit of paper but this is a nice touch.
You also get a copy of the instructions and rules of how to play the game. These are easy to understand and written clearly.
**Basic game play rules**
Each player has 7 tiles at a time to complete their word. For example, if they place 4 tiles down to complete their word they will then have to pick out another 4 tiles to make their number back up to 7.
When placing their word down players are not allowed to go horizontally across the board. Words can only be placed vertically or horizontally and join from an already existing word on the board.
If like me sometimes you just can't get a word anywhere due to having ridiculous letters a player can chose to change a letter and pick another one from random, this however takes up their turn.
This is one of the easiest games to set up that I think I have played. It is literally just the case of unfolding the board and shaking up the letter bag and it's done.
I also like the fact that scrabble is a very easy game to understand, making it suitable for people of all ages. I think that it is a great game to play with children as it helps with the reading skills from finding words and also their mathematical skills from adding up the points.
Being an adult I still learn from this game as I am always finding out new words that I didn't know existed and the game also helps to keep your brain active.
Since playing scrabble from when I was a child my game play however has changed slightly. Rather than trying to find the biggest words like I used to I now go for a more forward thinking approach trying to find where I can get to the 'special' tile spaces. For those of you who don't know the special tile spaces offer the player to get double points on a letter, triple points, double word score or triple word score.
Throughout this review I feel that I have just described scrabble as being an educational and thinking game but I also find that it is a fun game to play that can pass a couple of hours easily. It's an easy game to get involved in and since the tiles are random you never know what is going to happen. By luck every one could get just the right tiles and you can have a fairly quick game but when you have the wrong tiles the game can go on for ages!
I love scrabble I think it is one of the board game greats and is an absolute classic. I recommend it for any body of any age, the full 5 stars form me.
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Summary: A great classic game for all the family