I first played upwords about 16 years ago and at the time I don't believe it was owned by Scrabble but the wonderful news is that it is now and the game has been released again for more letter building fun.
The idea is simple its just like Scrabble except you build up. The word beaver can be changed to cleaver by simply adding a "c" and placing a "l" over the "b", and changed again to cleaned by adding the "n" and the "d". Get it? Keeping score is a lot easier too. You get two points for each letter built on the base level. So beaver, six letters, would be 12 points. When you stack them each tile is only worth one point, so the word cleaned would be 10. The only piece with a different value is the "Qu" that gives you two bonus points for its use and the standard use all seven tiles and get a 20 point bonus.
Unlike the original version where the more crafty your words were the better this version makes it uneventful if you get too creative. The board is smaller and if a word is too unique it maybe hard to build off of and change. Simple words that can easily flow into each other work much better, and because you don't get any extra points for using j, v, x, z etc. sometimes its just easier to exchange them.
I love to whip out this game on couples game night even though it makes my husband groan. I'm a bit of an intellectual type and since I despise losing I'm quite the competitor too.
Ages: 8+ 2-4 Players