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Increase Your Vocabulary

Reviewing: Leo Toys Word Scramble  |  Rating:
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I have purchased this game when I was 10 years old and from then I am continuously playing this game with my friends and family members. The most interesting feature about this game is that, you get to learn a lot of new words while playing. It is somewhat addictive and more of interesting.

The Game:

It is a board game and the game is designed primarily for four players at a time. The game can be played with a minimum of two players and if the number of participants is more than four, than also the game can be played. But, in my opinion, it is better to restrict the number of the players to a maximum of four to make the game more interesting and enjoyable.

The set of game comes with a plastic coated hard board of the size of a Chess Board with 16 X 16 squares, aggregating a total of 256 small square blocks in all, in multicolored squares and 100 plastic square blocks / dices of alphabets, to fit the squares of the board, from A to Z. The number of each alphabet varies and each of the alphabets are assigned with a particular score, maximum being 10 assigned to Q and J and minimum being 1 assigned to the most commonly used alphabets like all the vowels, L, N, R, and T. Similarly, other alphabets too have their scores assigned against them and is reflected over the plastic block / dice itself. The squares of the board has some tags like "double letter", "triple letter", "double word", "triple word", etc.

How to play:

Every member has to draw a block from the container where blocks of alphabet are kept. The person who gets the smallest alphabet (A being the smallest & Z being the largest) will have the chance to draw first. Similarly, sitting arrangement can be made according to the position in the initial draw. Then, turn by turn every member will draw six other square blocks blindly from the container to make the number of total alphabet blocks in their hand to 7. The first person will have the chance to make his first word in the centre of the board and the total score from each of the alphabets he had used will be doubled. The scores will be jotted down against his name and next person would get the chance to lay his pieces of alphabets to make a word. Every word should be attached to each other and should have a meaning. This way the game will continue turn by turn, serially until all the blocks of alphabets are emptied. If someone does not have any word to make in the board, then he/she will give a pass and have the opportunity to exchange an alphabet block from the blocks stored (which the player may not opt for). This generally happens when one of the players does not have any vowels or have all vowels only in his stock. Once a player had made his word over the board, he will draw as many alphabet blocks as he utilized to make the word from the container so that at any time of the game, every player will have seven dices in their possession (except for at the end of the game, when all the 100 alphabet blocks are drawn from the container holding it.

Finally, when someone finishes all his/her blocks, the game is considered to be over and the scores are counted. The left out blocks in the hands of other players are totaled and subtracted from their total score to arrive at a final position. The player with the highest score wins.

The game is interesting because it gives the opportunity to think for new words with the limited words we have in our hands. As I regularly play this game with my friends, I always refer the dictionary during free times of the day to learn new words with different alphabets so that I can earn maximum scores during the game. This habit has increased my vocabulary of English words by a lot and the same thing is noticed with all my friends.