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- Build new words by stacking letters on top of those already on the board
- Create complex layers of crosswords to earn more points and win the game
- Build words in three directions: across, down, and even upwards
- Includes grids and numbers for 140 Sodoku puzzles
- For 2 to 4 players
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In most respects, Upwords is a simpler game. Scoring is much easier, as each letter tile only counts for either one or two points, depending on how it is used. (There is, of course, one exception.) The game board itself is more restrictive, with the 10 by 10 square size forcing players to build vertically, whether they wish to or not. However, among two or more evenly matched players, the strategy can be just as demanding and the competition just as fierce as in Scrabble.
The downside to Upwords is in the physical quality of the product. The game board is of rather light construction, as are the letter tiles. The letter trays are a bit too small to properly hold the tiles. In fact, most of the little quality touches that one generally expects from Parker Brothers products are conspicuously lacking in Upwords, to the point of the game not even having a storage bag for the letter tiles. It seems that, in the effort to hold down costs, Parker Brothers unfortunately crossed that fine line from inexpensive to cheap.
That said, Upwords is a lot of fun. It teaches three dimensional thinking and forces players to plan well ahead of their next move. The game is an excellent way to turn a fun family evening into a vocabulary and spelling lesson, without the students even realizing it.
Considering that Parker Brothers did manage to keep the price very reasonable, Upwords is a true bargain in the world of family and table games.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great game. Not sure why the company stopped production (I had to purchase gently used.) My favorite 1/2 of game is Sudoku. Very easy to change games.Published 14 months ago by My humble opinion
Great seller! The game was exactly as described. I am very pleased!Published 15 months ago by Richard K.
A bit different than the one I remembered; I think the playing surface is smaller. Still; great spelling game for those learning to spell/read. Read morePublished 20 months ago by CrystalMay