What It Is
In this new card game from SET Enterprises called WordSpiel the end is just the beginning. In this card game, players work to form words from their hands. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, there's a catch. At the beginning of the game, each player is dealt a hand of 10 cards. The dealer flips the top card of the deck over and then the player to the dealer's left goes first working to form a word off that first letter with a minute on the timer. This is a game were no new cards are dealt until the end of the round. Once that player is finished, play moves on to the next player. And this is where the gameplay gets a bit trickier. Now, each new word that players form must start with the last letter of the previous word their opponent has played, or work off that word in some way. For example, say the previous word played was BAND. The next player might only be able to play one card to form the word DO. Or maybe she's got more cards to work with to form the word BANDAID. Either way, the goal is to use as many cards as you can to keep forming new words. As words are formed, cards should be laid down as if spiraling out from the center. The round ends when one player runs out of cards first.
Scores are tallied at the end of each round based on how many cards are left in your hand. Thus, the goal is to get the least amount of points each round. The game is meant to be played in five rounds however, this is the type of game you can really play as little or as many rounds as you like in our opinion. Five rounds of play takes roughly 45 minutes.
Is It Fun?
We like the fast-paced gameplay as well as the word play of WordSpiel. It takes the classic game of word play and puts a new twist on it, which also results in a bit more critical thinking in the process.
Who It’s For
WordSpiel is for ages 8 and up and can be played with 2–6 players. It will appeal to gamers that like word play, vocabulary-building games, and brain-teasing card games.
What To Be Aware Of
You can go back as many cards as you want when forming new words, as long as all the cards can be used to form your new word. However, the cards cannot be reordered to form your new word.
While the timer is suggested for each turn, we think, especially for kids, if you want to play without it it's not essential. It doesn't take away from the gameplay and, in fact, playing without it can also be a great way to help kids build their vocabulary without feeling the pressure of the timer.