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Store:  Word, Card Games, Family Games
Edition:  Palabra
Genre:  Word Games, Set Collection
Format:  Card Games


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Product Awards:  
Major FUN
Award Winner, 2008

Ages Play Time Players
9+ 30-40 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): James Kondrick, Ed You

Manufacturer(s): Palabra Enterprises

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Product Description

Palabra is a creative mix of words and poker, with double and triple scoring cards that multiply upon each other and multiply your score by 4, 6, 9, 12, 18--whatever.

Stuck with a "Q," an "X," or a "Z?" Don't make a word. Put them in a flush or a straight. Did your opponent just make a 300 point combination? Don't fret. Cancel it with the "joker." Or "shave" it, and steal any part of it for yourself.

That's Palabra. Words, poker... and so much more. A variety of ways to score.

Product Awards

Major FUN
Award Winner, 2008

Product Information


  • 120 Palabra cards
  • rules
  • 2 reference cards

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.6 in 5 reviews

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by Shane DeSeranno
Palabra is awesome!
February 12, 2014

This game is awesome! It was so much fun that my friends and I got the rights to make a computer version! It is now available exclusively for Windows 8 at:

We worked with the original creator of Palabra and tried to stay true to the rules! The card game is out of print, but that shouldn't stop people from playing this fun game!

Palabra is a great card game
August 01, 2002

Palabra is a card game using the letters of the alphabet with points for each letter and stars on some cards to double, triple, etc. the points. You have 7 cards to lay down a word for points, then others can lay letters on your word to make new words for points.

This game is easy to learn and easy to play even if you are not sharp. It is a lot of fun. My brother and his wife have the game -- we played it nearly every weekend with our own twist to it.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
by P.K Dey
Great game! I'm addicted.
December 06, 2001

I've worn out two decks of cards and would like to find more cards. The game can be played with up to four people but 2 or 3 is optimal. It's similar to [page scan/se=0050/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Scrabble but moves much faster with potential for large scores because of the multiplying effect of the stars on some cards. Great game!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Scrabble with Cards, and a little Poker thrown in too!
July 18, 2004

This is a great game for people who like Scrabble, and for people who like word games in general. And this is a game where being the best speller/Scrabble player isn't going to guarantee a win! And a game that you can play with your kids, where they can beat you fair and square.

The cards have the letters of the alphabet on them, along with the appropriate Scrabble value. In addition each card also has 1 or 2 colors on it (red, blue, green, or yellow). Some cards also have 2 or 3 stars on them, which act as multipliers. There are also wild cards, which act as any color/letter, and jokers, which can cancel previous plays.

Each player starts with 7 cards. At the beginning of your turn, you clear your previous word. Thus, at any given time, a player will only have 1 word in front of him.

During your turn, before you play your word, you can 'shave' letters (and points) off of the player to your right, if you have the matching letter(s) in your hand; or you can cancel any player's word with the joker card.

Then you draw so that you are back up to 7 cards in hand.

For your turn, you can play any legal Scrabble word, or you can take another player's word by adding on to it to make a new legal word, or you can play a straight (at least 3 letters in sequence), or you can play a flush (5 cards of the same color). For words and straights, any stars that are on the cards multiply together, and then gets multiplied by the total letter value of the word or straight. Also, for words and straights, if all the letters played are the same color, it is considered color-locked, and is worth double!

There are a few other scoring items, but that's the basic idea. Game ends when the draw pile is empty and either all players have passed or 1 player goes out.

Create short words and total your score
December 09, 2000

This is an interesting game for kids and adults too. Players create words from a hand of 7 cards where each card has a point value and a color and some cards have stars. Count up the point value of the letters and multiply by the number of stars. If all letters are the same color, multiply by 2. Besides words, you can build a flush or straight of 3 or more letters.

A fun twist is point-shaving where you match your opponent's card(s), shaving points off his/her score and on to yours. Then you get to replace your cards and take your normal turn.

I like this game because it's just as easy for a child to win as an adult. It also challenges children to use basic math skills to add and multiply the points.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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