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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic, fun game. Yes, it is more difficult than something like words with friends, but so much more fun and challenging.Published 12 months ago by A. Doll
This game can be frustrating because just when you think you've played an unchangeable word, your opponent comes along and changes it, but that's part of the fun. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dawn Leinberger
This game is fun, challenging and can be modified to make it easy on the brain when you're looking for a
night of unwinding over something not to brain intense.
The rules were very restrictive, and required a second reading of the rules after playing it the first time, to verify the playing requirement and strategies. Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Nancy Smith