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Classic Upwords Board Game
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- Upwords game debuted in 1983
- Includes instructions, 8x8 size gameboard grid and 64 letter tiles
- The higher the stack of letters, the more points are scored
- Words built in later turns of the game are more valuable
- Think Upside the box!
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Basically it is like a simple scrabble, build words sideways and up-and-down, but you can stack letters ontop of other letters changing the words.
If you've already played Upwords, you know the game is fun. This is a good set. If you haven't played it, if you like wordgames, you will love it and should absolutely give it a try
My mother-in-law enjoys playing this with friends at her community center in England. The game is very similar to Scrabble in that you have tiles with letters on them that you use to form words going either from right to left or from up to down on a board. The difference is that you can also place letters on top of other letters to create new words, provided all the letters form real words and you use at least one letter from the original word you're covering in the new word.
Upwords is a great game, but like Scrabble, it tends to be slow moving, which can make it boring if you prefer faster paced games, like Bananagrams or Boggle. This version is much nicer than the old one travel one I have from my teen years. The board is bigger, of course, and the tiles are a nice size with the letters on them big and clear. The rules are a big improvement from the old version I have, too.
There aren't that many tiles, and a two-person game doesn't take too long. You can play with up to six people, but I think it's most fun with three or four people. While I do prefer faster-paced games and would recommend Bananagrams or Boggle before this, I like Upwords and I'm glad to have this version as a part of my collection.
Play is as follows: Players draw 7 tiles. The first player forms a word that covers one of more of the center squares, and then draws more tiles to maintain 7. The next player can build words adjacent to and on top of the played word. For example, if the word "sound" were on the board, you could add an "a" and play a "r" over the "s" to make "around". You score one point for each tile in your word, plus a point for each tile UNDER your word. The board is purposely small to encourage building words up. Unlike Scrabble, there are no extra points squares on the board.
Upwards is a fun family game, basically aimed at players over 10 years old. However, we do play it with our younger spellers, just with obviously simpler words. Any game that encourages kids spelling and word play gets a 5 star review!
The board is cheap but sturdy plastic. There is a grid that keeps the tiles secure. The tiles are large enough to handle easily and the letters are large enough for older eyes to read. You will have to pay attention to M and W, N and Z until you are familiar with this games letters. When they are all out at one time you can tell the difference, but if you only have an M in your hand, it may be tough to tell whether it is an M or W.
The board has felt feet (and extra felts if you can imagine). The tile holders BARELY hold your 7 tiles so you spend more time than necessary putting the tiles on the holder--forget trying to arrange them on the holder you will be frustrated. I'm using scrabble holders. The tile holders are razor sharp plastic that WILL scratch your wood table, so make sure you have placemats or a tablecloth on your table before playing. The same is true for the tiles. They are hollow and the bottoms are sharp plastic--not sharp enough to scratch or cut you, but will mar your table. I took off one star for this.
On to the game...
We enjoyed playing a lot, and that includes my husband who is NOT a fan of Scrabble. He is not a literary type and found that Upwords gave him a much better chance of competing and winning.
Ironically, I found this much more challenging than Scrabble because of the incredibly large amount of opportunities you have to build words. When you can change more than one letter on an existing word you have tons of options. I found myself in analysis paralysis to the point my family now uses an egg timer from another game when I'm playing :>).
I think this is best as a two-player game because of the limited number of tiles. If you're playing with 3 or 4 you will need to be even more mindful about how you play the few tiles you will get.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are used to playing this game on your handheld you may find this a strange experience. But it is fun. My grandson who loves to play word games with me did quite well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josephine L. Citrin
I had looked all over for this game that I played with my sister 10 years ago. I was so happy to discover it on Amazon, we play it together every week when we get together for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BELLA Rossiter
Such an amazing game, yes even for older folks. My parents play a match at least three times per day.Published 3 months ago by David Monsen
I was disappointed it was such a small board....very limitingPublished 4 months ago by Joyce Bhalla