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Probe; Parker Brothers Game of Words (1964 Edition)


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  • Most Provocative game of words
  • A true party game that students and adults play together and thoroughly enjoy
  • Two, Three or four may play with a single set; two sets may be combined for use by eight players
  • For ages 8 years and over; a great way to build one's vocabulary
  • Made in the U.S.A.
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: Made in USA
  • ASIN: B000N3LQ7U
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,177 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Parker Brothers originally release (1964). This is the most provocative game of words since the invention of the modern alphabet. It provides fun for all from ages 8 years through adult. Each player selects a secret word of 12 letters or less, and the other players try to guess it letter by letter. No player is ever left out - even if that player's word is guessed. Since simple words are often hard to guess, it isn't necessary to hide a long and difficult word in order to win.

Four, three or two may play. Contents: 4 brown or blue flat racks, 4 decks of 96 letter cards - each deck of a different color, 4 letter card upright holders, an activity deck of 48 cards, one activity deck tray and instructions. Four, three or two may play. Great game for younger players to practice building their vocabulary; for ages 8 years to adult.


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The whole family loves this game.
DL3657
This game is fun for people of all intellectual levels, sometimes the hardest words to guess are the most simple words!
J. M. Schaefer
Blanks that represent possible letters, like an "s" for a plural, can be used to confuse the players guessing.
N. B. Kennedy

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Love(LEE)One on March 26, 2008
This game is so much fun. My family always plays when we all get together. Each person comes up with a word that is 7-12 letters long. Once every person has their word he/she looks through the letter cards and spells out the word (face down) on the plastic word trays. It's similar to wheel of fortune as each person goes around guessing letters off of other people's words. Points are awarded for guessing letters in the words. The trays say how many points is earned for each letter of the word. (ex: the first letter is worth 5 points, the second is worth 10 and so on...) This is a lot of fun and it expands your vocabulary. I am so surprised that newer versions of this game have not been made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on April 24, 2009
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I discovered Probe because someone brought it to my birthday party. It was a game from the early 70s which reminded me of Hangman, Wheel of Fortune, and lots of other games. However, there's something about this old-fashioned, non-electronic format that pleases to the brain and the touch. It's a family game that any literate person of any age can enjoy. The fact that it was discontinued at some point makes it even more special.
It is easy to learn, compact, and durable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By art 87 VINE VOICE on October 21, 2009
i just recently discovered this old game, wish i had before. everybody likes Wheel of Fortune & this plays like it but is even better because it can have multiplayer word boards up to 4. the activity cards like Chance cards in Monopoly also add another dimension to the play.

to make this play more like Wheel of Fortune sometimes, I use the spinner & money from a Wheel of Fortune board game & customize the rules.

i'm a big Scrabble fan & this is a worthy alternative for play, but of course this dosen't replace Scrabble.

this game is highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Harrison on February 9, 2009
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this is a great game i played when i was 9 or 10 i looked for this game for several years my mother had it and we must have lost it in moving my mother has since passed but when i received it all the memories came back and now i play with all my kids and they love it did not want to quit it is great for teaching young and old thanks amazon i love your site
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Jo Martin on February 8, 2008
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Someone needs to redistribute this game, as there can't be that many copies left out there from the 60's; and it's really good. I found one for my Mom, who remembered it from years back; then I had to order another for myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 10, 2014
Probe is a great game that combines strategy with knowledge. Since you're trying to keep people from guessing the word you've chosen while at the same time guessing the letters of your opponents' word (you get points both for the letters and words you guess as well as if you're the person whose word hasn't been guessed at the end of the round), it helps not only to have a good vocabulary in general but to know what words will be hard to guess. For example, one that I use whenever I'm playing with a set of opponents for the first time is "syzygy." Since people generally begin to uncover their opponents' words by guessing vowels, this word generally stumps people who, having guessed all five vowels, can't figure out how a word doesn't have vowels. In all the years I've played this game, I don't think anyone has ever guessed this word. So, you see, there's strategy in this game as well. This has to be one of my top five games. It's most fun when the participants are all fairly literate people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Vitti on January 7, 2013
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I purchased this from a reseller and it arrived in its original plastic wrapper and in pristine condition. This is a great game for adults, as even simple words can be hard to guess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DL3657 on December 3, 2011
The whole family loves this game. We always have lots of fun playing it. It is hangman for 2-4 players. The object of the game is to think of a word that no one can guess. The harder the letters, the better.
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