Scrabble Express Handheld
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- A take-everywhere version of the classic crossword game
- Features four different Scrabble games, 9 skill levels, a searchable dictionary with more than 100,000 words, built-in scorekeeper and letter shuffler
- Includes 3 "AAA" batteries
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When the computer player has two blank tiles, it can take more than 40 minutes to come up with a word.
Certain racks of letters appear again and again in the same letter order. This suggests a lack of true randomness.
There seems to be a "vowel shortage" in the game. I was getting tired of seeing the one-of-a-kind letters Q, X, Z, K, and J showing up so often, so I ran two two-player games to quantify the effect. I exchanged the entire letter rack for each turn. Rare letters should have come up 5% of the time, but they appeared 14%. Vowels, including Y, should have come up 42%, but they only appeared 21%.
When exchanging an entire rack of consonants, it is annoyingly common to have Z's, Q's, etc. reappearing instantly.
All in all, Scrabble Express is a great toy to play with while traveling or listening to the radio. If the manufacturer is reading this, please include a way to access the machine's word list in future versions. A feature like that would be helpful in normal Scrabble games.
While an entertaining diversion -- and it is definitely entertaining -- the game has some weaknesses. The AI cheats, and obviously. When the game is set on IQ level 1 (the lowest), the human player will be given an assortment of easy-to-play letters, with ample vowels and regular blanks. At the highest level (IQ 9), the human player will get very few vowels and will almost never see a blank. This isn't an increase in the machine's playing skill, but rather a handicap for the player -- although the computer's vocabulary and playing skill is better at higher levels, I would have preferred a better AI system rather than the arbitrary handicap. The menus are a little hard to navigate, too.
The game's 9x9 board (as opposed to Scrabble's 15x15 board) makes it necessary to learn new strategies. Boards are often filled with words very early in the game, and play will seem much more cramped than in a traditional game of Scrabble. This doesn't detract at all from the fun, and helps build strategic thinking for the real game.
At the lowest level, Scrabble Express is a great game for kids. At the toughest level, the machine is hard to beat, even for seasoned veterans such as myself.
The machine has four games: in addition to the 8-turn basic game (Scrabble Express), there is also a shortened 5-turn game, a "racing game" where players try to beat the clock to get the best words, and a "one liner" game where each player tries to make the best score using a single rack of tiles on a field of two crossed words.Read more ›
I love the game. I was so lucky to have found it too...seems hard to locate in stores (so grab it online if you are interested).
I'm a college grad and have always loved scrabble. I'm not a purist..I just wanted something I could sit down with either at work on break, or after I put my son to bed and I just need a diversion for a little while.
If you are a scrabble purist, then please read the other reviews for insight. I however am just your typical adult who still likes to play games. I work hard all week and any kind of healthy diversion that I can fit into the few precious moments I have available for me, is worth it.
I found this game to be easy to understand and to play. I'm glad I got it for myself...I think it will even help keep me from grazing late at night int he kitchen. LOL.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is the best game ive ever bought, I play it day and night, its so fun and relaxing, a must for any serious scrabble player, well worth the money, I bought mine second hand and... Read morePublished 15 days ago by rob wall
I expected it to be like the scrabble champion edition I have on my personal computer. it was nothing like it! you could not play a complete game! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's archaic!! No back-lighting. Takes forever to play a round and it's NOT a typical Scrabble game format. It weighs a ton and is clumsy to hold. I paid $29. Read morePublished 4 months ago by dianne
Could not tell the letters apart, the Q looked lie and O, the F looked like a P, the B looked like an E, etc. It was difficult for an elderly person to play.Published 5 months ago by JOHN SIKO
First one didn't work. When we got the 2nd one it was difficult to understand and very small. Difficult to
use if you have peripheral neuropathy or other hand problems.
Not worth a dime its not a scrabble game. Read description carefully before purchasingPublished 16 months ago by Captain Bobs Rentals