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Probe; Parker Brothers Game of Words (1964 Edition)

4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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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.

Product Description

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.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 11.9 x 7.7 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B000N3LQ7U
Item model number NA
Manufacturer recommended age 8 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #217,364 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#5,637 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes

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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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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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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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I've been playing this game with my family since I was a child, and decades later we still enjoy it. The 1964 Edition is the only version we've ever had, and only one copy of that, which belongs to my mom. Since the family is geographically scattered, sometimes before a visit one or another of us will start brainstorming words in advance, preparing for gameplay when we get together.

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.
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I grew up playing this game with my parents and sisters. We never got tired of it.

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!
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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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