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Jumbulaya Game

4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Multi-faceted word strategy game.
  • Each person works with 5 letter tiles in his/her tray and all the letters on the board.
  • Rearrange, add, trade them, build and claim longer words each turn.
  • Players can build words horizontally too.
  • A "jumbulaya word" is a 7,8 or 9 tile vertical word.
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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4102782 Features: -Jumbulaya Word Game.-Addictive, multi-faceted word game.-Players play simultaneously.-Earn the most points and win.-For 2 to 4 players.-Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years. Color/Finish: -Color: Brown. Dimensions: -Overall Dimensions: 10.5'' H x 10.5'' W x 2.13'' D.

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The Rearranging, Ever-Changing, Word Jumble Game

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 10.5 x 2 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0019G94YW
  • Item model number: 26001
  • Our recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,971 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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If I wanted to explain the concept of "excruciating fun" to a word game player, I would start with Jumbulaya.

You get 100 letter tiles, which are played onto a 9x10 matrix. Some of the letter tiles contain two-letter combinations (QU, CH, ED, ER, LY, ST, TH). Each row in the matrix is for another word. To start the game, the three center columns are seeded with tiles randomly drawn from a conveniently included drawstring bag. Each of up to 4 players then draws 5 more tiles to put on their letter rack. And the game begins.

On your turn, you make a new word by rearranging, adding to, trading letters with the letters on any single row. You (temporarily) claim that word by using one of your color-coordinated scoring cubes (matching your tile rack). Until someone else rearranges, adds to, or trades letters with your word, that particular word remains yours. The longer it is, the higher your potential score.

And so the game continues, turn-by-turn, word-by-word, until someone builds a 10-letter word, claims all 9 rows, or calls a seven-or-more letter JUMBULAYA.

A JUMBULAYA? A JUMBULAYA is a word that can be made by taking one letter from 7 or more of the words already on the board. You can skip word lines, but you can't rearrange the letters. Once all 9 rows contain words, JUMBULAYA can be called at any time during the game, whether or not it is your turn.

As for the excruciating part: in the early phases of the game, when it's your turn, you have to consider each of the 9 possible word rows - even those you've already claimed. If you can make one of your words longer, you might be able to keep it from getting claimed by someone else.
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My Fiance and I love word games, scrabble, boggle, bananagrams, etc. So for our anniversary, I wanted to get him a new word game that we would both enjoy. I looked for a while and after reading the reviews decided on Jumbulaya. It's an ok game, and it is certainly challenging, but it's kind of a slow play, and it is more fun with 3 or 4 people (instead of 2). I'm not sure what would have made this game better, really... a bigger playing surface, less rigid rules, or more variety of ways to win... We don't really rush to play this game, usually just think "oh we haven't played that in a while" so we'll pick it up and try it again. We always end up tweaking the rules of play, and usually move on to something else after about 45 minutes of slow play. It's fun, don't get me wrong, it's just not the next best thing, and you have to be in a concentrating and thinking mood (and not get too caught up in the written rules). Hey, for $11, it's worth having as a variety in our game collection, and you'll probably think that too.
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Jumbulaya: 2-4 Players, Ages 13+, Average Play Time = 30-45 Minutes

Having recently reviewed "You've Been Sentenced", I was excited to play yet another educational game that encouraged the kids to expand on their vocabulary. Anything that forces the kids to think whilst prepping them for the future gets an "A+" in my book. The ability to add, trade, and shuffle tiles (and in combinations thereof) on any given word helps to keep a player from getting too stumped. I really appreciate the amount of flexibility that players are given in order to come up with new words.

This game reminds me a little of Upwords and Scrabble, though it is unique enough to set itself apart in many ways. Claiming a line with a player marker is a fun mechanic, forcing players to think outside of the box. Swapping out a letter for a letter to turn "cat" into "bat" might be legal, but it's still an easy target to be expanded on. Although, some players may swap out tiles just so that they can gather the letters they need to make a longer word down the line.

The components are sturdy and well made. I like how the plastic cover on the board keeps the tiles in check so that I can swivel the board around to face the current player. The rules are also flexible enough to where players can come up with their own variants, making the age limit on the box seem a bit high. My eleven year old, Vinnie, did just fine and I was more than happy to work with him once the words began to get bigger. Parents can adjust the seven letter word requirement to say, five letters, for a shorter, easier game with their young ones. As such, I think the age limit can be lowered to about eight years and up, though parents will have to use their best judgement and coach them when appropriate.
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Another reviewer has done a great job of describing the game play. So I'll be short. The obvious comparison is Scrabble -- the two games have a lot in common. But Words With Friends and Bananagrams also come to mind. Play, though different than Scrabble, moves at a similar pace until all the word rows fill up. Then it becomes more like a party game in it's free-for-all intensity. (It's most intense when more than 2 are playing.)

If you like the calm, strategic gameplay of Scrabble, you might find this to be a bit too raucous for you. But if you enjoy the leap-all-over each other rowdiness of Pictionary and Bananagrams, or if you enjoy word games in general, this one could be a win for you.

Also check out the excellent Befudiom Board Game, or for a variety of games, THE Book of Word Games: Parlett's Guide to 150 Great and Quick-to-Learn Word Games.
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