What others have said after trying Play On Words
"It's super fun and challenging ... a strategic game combining a lot of good elements of other games." Emily, Age 15
"It is a fun game that can be taken on the road & is fairly easy to learn." Chris, Age 26,
"Simple, but there are endless possibilities & combinations, so you'll never play the same round twice."
Ellen, Age 17
"Great game for the whole family and one that everyone can play and learn together!"
Kathy, age 61
"Competitive, intelligent, thoughtful, fast-paced. " Monica, age 22
"It was fun and a different concept on word games. It's different enough from games like Scrabble." Dan, Age 45,
"Easier to play with cards in your hand (than tiles), and fun to mix around other people's words." Lisa, Age 27
"It's such a fun and convenient game!"
Julie, Age 32
"I would buy this for a gift or to bring to
a games group."
Anne, Age 53
Versions of Game (All within the standard Play on Words deck!)
Play on Words – Starter Game (Basic) Version:
The base version of the game, this game sets up nicely with 8 stacks of cards and the entire game is played with card "face up." This style of play has no one concealing a hand of cards, so all players stay engaged at all times. It also has built into a fun element of "stealing" someone else's word by playing a card on it to change it to a different word. Easy scoring at the end of the round, and this is a style of play where young and old can have conversation while enjoying the game together.
Play on Words – Full Deck (Long) Version:
This version of the game plays more like conventional word games and may be the best version for pure, wordsmith competition. You replenish your hand to the full amount of cards to start each turn, and play through the entire Play on Words deck. Players tally scoring after each turn, and the highest game score wins after a set amount of rounds.
Play on Words – Casual Version:
Players go by the standard rules of the game, but no per-card, per-turn scoring. Compete only to see who goes out first each round. Whoever goes out first the most times over the total rounds played is the winner. A great version if you just want to play a short game with company at the kitchen table.
Play on Words – CRIBBAGE Version:
Very similar to the regular game, except players are dealt extra cards starting out and discard one or more cards (depending on number of players) to establish a crib. Player who goes out first wins crib! Winner cuts draw deck and reveals top card which is combined with Crib for word making and pegging additional points.
Play on Words – SOLITAIRE Version:
A set amount of cards are dealt into multiple stacks, and the top card on each is turned over. Form any 3-letter words and place the letters making up those words into discard pile and turn over the card underneath. Continue making words and taking away cards. Any stacks completely depleted are filled in from top cards from other stacks, top cards on each stack always being turned over. Player wins by using all cards to make 3-or-more letter words.
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