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Classic Upwords

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 90+ minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Elliot Rudell

Publisher(s): Winning Moves USA

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Product Description

Players must form words on an 8x8 (or in the newer editions 10x10) grid. The words may be formed horizontally or vertically on the grid, as in Scrabble, but as the title suggests the letters may also be stacked, so that words can be changed by having letters substituted by stacking (up to a limit of 5 high). Scoring is also different to Scrabble; there are no letter values; instead, when a new word is formed, the number of tiles used in that word is counted and used as the score. A word that is flat (no stacked tiles) scores double, but the words that score the most are those that have lots of stacking.

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Average Rating: 4.5 in 5 reviews

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A positive variant to Scrabble.
April 07, 2007

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.

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by Bay
There's actually a lot to it
February 19, 2007

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.

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by Ron
addictive -- each game is different -- makes scrabble dull
January 27, 2004

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.

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