Scrabble Review
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Players: 1-4 (ages 8 and up)
Playing Time: About an hour (though you never really can tell...)

Scrabble has been called the ultimate board game. The object of the game is to make words from the letter tiles you blindly choose from a bag of letters. Each letter has a value, and you try to make the highest score you can by forming crosswords from the words already played on the board.

Not only can you score for the value of the letters, you can score by placing your word on the squares on the board that have values. For example, you could place a word so that the total word score is doubled or tripled. There are also places on the board that have double or triple letter values. Seeing that the object of the game is to achieve the highest score and use all of your letters, a bit of strategy is needed to gain the maximum score for the least amount of effort.

The game comes with a rule book, but many people prefer to make up their own rules. Just as long as the rules are agreed upon before play begins, there should be no problem in customising the rules to suit your own needs.

I would highly recommend the Deluxe version of the game because of the raised letter sections. This eliminates the annoying possibility of the tiles sliding around the board. The Deluxe version also has a small, raised pedestal that enables the board to be spun around for each player to view in turn. I think that the extra money ($10.00 or so) is worth it.

Scrabble is for ages 8 and up, and for 1 - 4 players. Versions of the game include: Scrabble, Jr., Scrabble for Mac, PC, and Palm, and Scrabble in Spanish.

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