Product Type: other board games
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Member Name: m_illie
Date: 03/02/12, updated on 03/02/12 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Fun, fast paced, can expand your vocabulary
Disadvantages: Lacking in huge amounts of variety but what you would expect from a word game, sometimes slow
Literati is basically scrabble with a few small changes. The game can get competitive, is challenging and usually lots of fun if you want to be intellectually stimulated. The game consists of a small square of a pale green-blue hue with a variety of bonus points such as trebles or double word scores, much like the original scrabble game. The aim of the game, as you might have expected is to be the person at the end, once all the tiles have been used or you are no longer to take a 'turn' as you can't seem to find any eligible words, with the highest score. That person is then rewarded with a typically random seeming number of points, which can increase/decrease depending on the number of tiles they have remaining at the end of the game. As you can probably tell from my tone, I sometimes become frustrated with the points system but that's another matter.
Further when deciding to play Literati, is it always important to consider this simple fact: people are mean and some are simply way too over the top and/or into their word games. Yes, I do sound about 5 years old right now but bear with me. Not only are some people so ultra-competitive that they begin to insult or 'trash talk' you, but the main game selecting page is full of socialites who appear to have menial conversations, whilst sometimes being interrupted by a grumpy recently losing participants who will enter your username as well as a string of profanities in the attempt to get you banned or to get others to avoid playing with you. I am not exaggerating when I say that I have been called obese, in a nicer way to put it, over the web for having randomly chosen a name which happened to include the word 'plump'.
Not only this but some competitors cannot stand a slower player and will abuse you via the chat menu at the bottom of the screen to attempt to speed you up. I tend to ignore this however, because there is a standard 3 minute timer that limits how much time you can take and once you/your opponent has exceeded it they/you have the option to 'wait', 'boot' them from you table thus ending the game and giving you points, or to cancel the game and both leave with your points in tact, but your time gone. However, if you too would like a fast-paced game there is the option to set a timer to ensure the game lasts a certain number of minutes and doesn't exceed this.
Maybe I just have bad luck and there are those of you out there who have been greeted by friendly opponents who just want to play a simple game over the internet to kill some time. I'm sure they do exist and for this reason, as well as boredom, I continue to play Literati in the desperate hope I can achieve 1600 points and I can finally move out of the 'Beginner Lounge' to the more advanced options.
It is a silly game with silly word allowances, such as words like 'Joe' or 'despited' being allowed, but not anything with a 'u' if you are playing the American version (i.e. humour, armour, honour...which ironically have a little red line on my screen right now as I type this). Of course I am being ridiculous in my judgement of Literati and mostly it is a decent game with friendly or silent partners, a way to kill time and relax. However, I thought that in case one of you out there had the misfortune of coming across someone such as I have who is aggressive, I would give you this warning. I dont think that any of this is reason not to play however, and unless you have a particularly weak backbone I'm sure you can endure the teasing which you'll probably get once every 200 games.
Summary: A fun, intellectually challenging game that provides an easy way to waste your time
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