LetterFlip Review
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Number of Players: 2
Playing Time: 20-30 minutes

What do you get when you cross Battleship with Hangman? You get LetterFlip, a fun two-player game where you try to guess your opponent’s hidden word.

The game is simple, and only takes a few minutes to learn. Each game comes with two "Letterflippers"—one for each player. The Letterflipper has a card slot and one flippable tile for each letter of the alphabet. The game also comes with two-sided LetterFlip cards. Each card has four 3-6 letter words on both sides. The object of the game is to guess all of the words on your opponent's card.

Both players begin with a three-letter word. Player 1 starts by guessing a letter. If that letter is part of Player 2's word, Player 1's turn continues. Play carries on in this fashion until Player 1 guesses incorrectly.

If Player 1 guesses an incorrect letter, he flips down the tile for that particular letter (so that he knows to not guess that letter again), and it becomes Player 2's turn.

After a player has guessed all the letters in a word, he may guess the word. He can also guess the positioning of a letter. For example, if a player is working on a four-letter word, and he knows the letters are C, H, I, and T, he could ask a question such as, "Is the first letter I?" This question can be asked as many times as needed in order to figure out that the word is ITCH. (However, if the player gets the positioning wrong, he loses his turn.)

Once a player guesses the word correctly, he flips all of his tiles up and tries to guess the next word on his opponent's card in the same manner. The game is over when one player successfully guesses all the words on the other player's card.

This game is great. It's quiet and low-key, and it really makes you concentrate. One of the best things about it is the portability—since all you really need are the cards and the LetterFlippers, you can play it anywhere. And you can make the game more or less challenging, depending on your needs—if you’re a real word whiz, you can try to guess the harder words on the second side of the LetterFlip cards, or you can just stick to three and four-letter words if you’re playing with younger kids.

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