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The original 3-minute word search game. How many words can you find by linking adjacent letters?
- 16 Boggle cubes
- base and lid
- 3-minute timer
Average Rating: 4.2 in 6 reviews
Boggle is a fast paced word game where the players search for as many words as possible, like a word search. It is very addictive and the better you get at it the more you like it. If you enjoy games like Scrable or word riddles or anything involving words, this game is for you. My only problem with boggle is finding an opponent who can match my skills :)
I started to play this game with my parents every night and dramatically increased my vocabulary. It is an excellent game to play with children to help them in school with words they have never heard of, don't know how to spell, don't know the meaning of, or never knew that the word ever existed. Excellent fun for the whole family.
I am so sad to hear that Master Boggle is no longer manufactured because my Mom, her best friend, and I have been playing it for years, but they have been playing it since it came out. It is the best version of Boggle, and the two that we have left are duct-taped and barely in good enough condition to play. We love this game and wish that it would be re-manufactured because of the many people out there who love it just as we do. It is addicting and a great word game. I am just glad that we can play it on the web.
Because even people with mediocre vocabularies can do well at it. I am quick minded and can find lots of small words quickly which means I can compete toe to toe with all of the nerds whose parents got them to believe that escoteric words were cool because it makes you feel superior to those who can express the same thing with smaller words. ;-) Rant rant rant!
Scrabble is ok too, if you like to sit around and wait a lot. If you have a bit of ADD like me, then Boggle is your game!
Boggle is fun, it's the ULTIMATE 3-MINUTE Escape! Boggle Master (no longer manufactured) was the best. Just like Boggle, but with a 5 by 5 grid of letters rather than Boggle's 4 by 4, offers bigger and better words.
Mom & I prefer to play with a 5 letter minimum for a penny a point! (Wish I could find someone to play for higher stakes.) It's addictive in the best way! Too bad that now, they only make Boggle.
Boggle is a word game played by two or more players. The objective is to be the player with the most points at the end of a predetermined number of rounds. Points are earned for finding words in a 4x4 grid of letters.
Any word (noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc.), plural of, form of, or tense is an acceptable word as long at it can be found in a standard English dictionary. Proper nouns (Smith, Ohio, France) are not allowed.
Play starts by randomly displaying 16 letter cubes, arranged in a 4x4 grid. A 3-minute timer is started and then each player simultaneously, secretly, writes down all the words he or she finds of three or more letters in length. Words are formed from letters that adjoin horizontally, vertically or diagonally to the immediate left, right, or up-and-down. No letter may be used more than once within a single word.
When the allotted time is up (three minutes, but players may agree beforehand to allow for more time) all players stop writing. Each player in turn then reads his/her list aloud. Any word that appears in more than one players list is crossed off ALL lists -- no one gets credit for it. After each player has read their lists, each player then totals up the number of points they've earned, using the following point value chart:
Each 3 letter word: 1 point
Each 4 letter word: 1 point
Each 5 letter word: 2 points
Each 6 letter word: 3 points
Each 7 letter word: 5 points
Each word with 8 or more letters: 11 points
The winner is the player who earns the most points when a predetermined number of rounds or when a predetermined score has been reached.
Individuals who are good at solving anagram-type puzzles will find themselves right at home with Boggle.
Boggle, like SET, can be played just as easily solitaire... and that's where its one fault lies, at least to me.
I prefer games that give me a chance to present some type of problem to my opponent. Games that involve planning, thought, decision making, skillful maneuvering, etc., are much more preferable to me than games where there is no decision making or thought at all. There isn't any decision making in Boggle. None. Zero. When playing Boggle you look for words. If you find one, you write it down. Continue looking. Find another word? Good for you -- write it down. Continue looking.
Oh, I suppose if several people are playing, a player may find a word and voluntarily choose NOT to write it down, deciding two or more other players will also find this word and will write it down, thus rendering it worthless. The time spent not writing it down (all of two seconds?) can now be spent looking for other words that maybe your opponents WON'T find. This is probably rare. Usually, if you find a word you spend the two seconds it takes to write it down. (Of course, you had better write it down if just playing against one other opponent. If your one opponent writes it down and you don't, he or she WILL get credit for it!)
Note that the better Boggle player is not necessarily the one with the larger vocabulary (although a large vocabulary can never hurt) but is the one who is simply better at anagramming words from a mess of jumbled letters. Compare this difference to Scrabble. A large vocabulary and the ability to anagram words is also important in Scrabble, but playing Scrabble forces me to make decisions on what words to play. The highest scoring play you can find in Scrabble is often NOT your best play, especially if it leaves you with an undesirable combination of letters in your rack, or opens up a potential higher scoring play for your opponent. Thus, often your second highest scoring play may actually be best. Also, there are many other decisions in Scrabble: Should I pass, should I should play a known phoney, should I play a potential phoney, should I challenge a potential phoney, should I pass my turn and go fishing for a certain letter or letters, etc. As mentioned above, none of these decisions exist in Boggle. (Find a word? Write it down...)
I love Scrabble and although Boggle is also a word game, it is as different from Scrabble as chess is to checkers.
Boggle IS competitive, as most good games are, and CAN be fun, but I don't think I would include it in my list of my top 100 games. After I've played a few games of Boggle, I usually find myself looking for something more. Two stars.