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Upwords is the 3-dimensional word game that's stacks of fun. Build words across and down crossword-style on the 10 x 10 grid. Or stack letters on top of tiles already on the board. The challenge is to make new words each time. With 100 tiles, you can stack lots of letters to score high!
So rack 'em up, then stack 'em up to experience 3-dimensional word play at its very best!
My family loves this game. We're huge word buffs, and we like this even more than Scrabble, because you can really be creative. You have so many more possibilities, and and there's quite a bit of strategy involved once you get the hang of it.
After playing scrabble for many years, upwords is so much more challenging. We play (two of us) the 8X8 original version and take 7 tiles not 5. We have played on airplanes, boats, (keep one in the car)in parking lots, while the crowd thins out after a concert. We have worn out many tiles and get new games at tag sales. I believe it will keep us from going on the funny farm, keep using the grey matter.
Since we found Upwords we have completely abandoned Scrabble - our old favorite. I have told numerous family and friends about it and I am probably responsible for selling about 10 or more games to them! The tiles are wearing out , since we play it every day.
Our family enjoys to read, and learn new things so one of the games that we always pick up and play is Scrabble. I feel it is a good game to play and learn at the same time but there are always a few frustrations that I have had with Scrabble.
1. During the end of the game you run out of board space. You end up trying to put single syllable words in because there is no room to put anything bigger. UpWords cures this problem by enabling you to put words on top of each other. Even though the board is smaller in Upwords the game is much bigger because you can build on top of words that are already available. The game awards you for your ingenuity in building words on top of others by awarding you with bonuses. This is my favorite change in Upwords.
2. There a fewer letters in Upwords. Which encourages you to sometimes pass your turn or trade in a letter for another to hold out for a big score. Also the fewer letters make you plan ahead and use each letter carefully because and letters left over count against your score.
3. Cannot just pluralize a word. I like this because Upwords makes you think outside the box and really try to come up with words and combinations of words. In combinations and going "UP" with your letters gives you major bonuses in score and makes you really think about what you are going to lay and not just waste tiles.
4. Game time for us in Upwords is a lot shorter and makes us want to play multiple games in a sitting. Had a bad hand? That is ok becuase you will get to play another game without taking hours to do this.
My family loves Upwords. Scrabble in our house has not seen the light of day since we purchased Upwords. Enjoy.
Upwords definitely borrows a lot from Scrabble. The one major variation is that tiles can now be stacked on top of older tiles to form new words.
Other than that, the game plays just like Scrabble, and the stacking element really doesn't affect the game much. Upwords is less strategic than Scrabble, for two reasons: first, the board can change rather quickly as a letter you are relying on is changed to another, useless, letter; second, tiles don't have differential scoring, so there isn't any point in hanging on to the 'V' or the 'J' to place it on a Triple Letter Score (not that there are special scoring squares in Upwords anyway).
A few restrictions keep the game from descending into players alternating stacking 'D' and 'R' at the end of words like 'heater': no stack may be more than five tiles high, and in any case, scoring usually does not favour such strategies. Words may not be entirely replaced during one turn either; at least one tile must remain from the previous word. This can sometimes ruin an otherwise perfect play.
Upwords is good family fun - it will never have the following that Scrabble has, but in a lot of ways, I enjoy it more because it is less a battle of wits and more just a fun way to spend a hour.
Milton Bradley has released a new version of Upwords with a larger grid and more tiles that makes the game a little longer and a little more playable. Be sure you get the ten-by-ten grid edition.