Give me a word game, and you have given me the world. I carry crossword puzzles in my purse at all times. My mom and sister and I go on roadtrips with our collector's edition of Scrabble. So when I was given the chance to review Scruble Cube, I knew we were a match made in heaven.
Scruble Cube has been described by many as Rubik's Cube and Scrabble rolled into one twisting-turning game of letter mania. Each 4x4 side has letters with point values. The object is to make a word by lining up letters and recording your points. You get even more points if you tag a 2, 3 or 4x letter score OR a 2 or 3x word score to the beginning or end of your word. Then the play passes to the next player and they try to do the same.
The unique element about Scruble Cube is that your word can start on one side of the cube and "spill over" or "stretch" to another side. Your words have no boundaries and no limits to length! Wild cards are also spread throughout the cube and can be used as any letter. The game gets interesting if you can manage to attach your new word, crossword-puzzle style, to your opponent's previous word. Guess what? You get points for both! Be warned: I know some people who really get cut-throat about their word games.
Scruble Cube comes with a score pad, instructions, and a 1.5 minute sand timer. The edgy packaging has the Scruble Cube suspended in mid-air in the box--very appealing to receive as a gift. You'll want to take a minute in the beginning to get a feel for the way the rows and colums twist around. If you are a "word puzzle" geek, you'll have an advantage over your friends, as 3 letter words come in handy, as do words with obscure letters like "X". You may want to keep a pocket dictionary in your Scruble Cube box in case your opponents challenge your creations.
I think this product would be a great addition to a long car trip. It can be passed around easily in the mini-van. I would even sit it on the dinner table and play it during dinner! Whatever gets the family interacting and working as a team. That's what good games do, afterall. And don't see this as a child's game. I can totally imagine this on an executive's desk or in the hands of anyone who likes to "hold" something while they watch TV at night.
The award-winning Scruble Cube sells for $24.95 here , a fair price and the going rate for most games today. You have the option of purchasing inexpensive replacement labels in case your game gets a lot of love over the years. And I predict it will!
See what the folks at The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew had to say about Scruble Cube here
Happy twisting, Word Nerds!
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in exchange for an honest review, which I have provided here.