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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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
It is easy to learn, compact, and durable.
It's often difficult to find games that are truly fun for just two people to play, and in our house Scrabble is the real favourite. Probe is a great second to Scrabble, and is just as much fun with two people as with more. Another reviewer mentioned their surprise that a new edition hasn't been released, and I agree. With the popularity of hangman for little kids, Hanging with Friends for teens and adults, and Wheel of Fortune for everybody, I'd think Parker Brothers would take advantage.
I gave 5 stars for durability because our family's 1964 edition has been played hundreds of times since it was purchased new, and none of the letter cards or activity cards are bent, torn, lost, or damaged in any way. All of the plastic card holders are a thick sturdy plastic and I'm not sure they could be damaged, and the plastic layout trays are still in like-new condition. This may have something to do with the way that our family members treated the game pieces, however, overly-enthusiastic children might do some damage. The letter and activity cards are the thickness and material of standard playing cards, and those can certainly get torn or bent, and the layout trays fold in the center to fit in the box, if someone was determined they could probably snap them at that spot. A little care is all that's really needed, though, and the game will last for years.
Each player thinks of a word and then places the letters to that word upside down in the rack in front of him. Players guess the letters, and when the guess is right, you must turn over that letter. (Blanks that represent possible letters, like an "s" for a plural, can be used to confuse the players guessing.) Points are awarded for each letter guessed (or subtracted if you guess a blank when it's actually a letter) and extra points are given when a player guesses another player's word. When only one person's word remains, the game is over and points are added up to determine the winner. The final person gets extra points for his word remaining unrevealed.
Playing this game can keep your mind sharp. My dad even keeps a list of good Probe words in his wallet! It becomes quite a hunt, as you look for words that would be hard to guess because of long strings of vowels, or consonants that are rarely put together, or some other complicating factor. I find myself weighing the merit of words for their "Probe-ability" as I read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delivered on time, great item, just as I was expecting. Thank you!Published 3 months ago by Michael Dobrov
Item was in great shape being such an old game. Fast shipping. Great.Published 11 months ago by Jill A. Albert
A hard to find game we played in childhood-great gift!!Published 15 months ago by Kathleen A. Sorkin
My boyfriends childhood game. The box was beat up but every piece was their.
Even the directions. He was very pleased.
Excellent description from the seller. Very pleased with purchase. ThanksPublished 18 months ago by stephen w montgomery
I was so thrilled to get this game which we played after Sunday night dinners !!
It brings back wonderful memories and I can't wait to play it again!