Many board games are made to entertain and facilitate family bonding. But word games provide more than that. Word games improve language skills, expand vocabulary and promote quick thinking. Let us look at top word games that are both well known and deserve a good recognition.
Scrabble. This game does not need any introduction. The fact that it has sold more than 100 million copies and has been published in 21 different language versions, the game is considered to be one of the most successful board games ever invented and the most successful word games of all time. Scrabble is very easy to play and the rules could not be any simpler. With the right skill in language and vocabulary, you can shuffle different letter tiles to make a word. The good thing about this game is that, as you play along, you will learn different words and you can actually expand your vocabulary. (For 2 to 4 players but it can be played alone.)
Typo. The game starts with 12 cards at hand with 5 cards on the table – each card with a letter. The players will then try to expand the cards on the table by playing their cards. Typo may not be as popular as scrabble but it surely is a fun and exciting game.
Upwords. Many word games today are based on scrabble. One of these is Upwords. The game is even played almost the same as scrabble. Players must stack letter on top of the existing words on the table to create new one. Scoring is rather different though. All letters in the game is worth the same (in scrabble, certain letters have higher points value than others).
Boggle. This is not exactly played on a board. Still, boggle can be classified as one of the top word games in the market. The game works like word factory. Players must be able to find as many words as possible on a 4×4 grid (16 cubic dice with letters on each face) as the sand timer works its way down. The player scores by finding words that the other players were not able to locate. It is fast-paced game that is fun and very addictive. Scoring depends on the length of the words found.
Apples to Apples. It seems that the title came out when the creator who had finally finished conceptualizing the game didn’t really have a good name for it. So he just decided to name it Apples to Apples. Of course, this is not the real story of the game. But then you have to think that how come two decks of cards (nouns and adjectives) could have such a name? Anyway, Apples and Apples is so much fun. The game is designed for 4 to 10 players with 30 to 60 minutes of playing time. (For 12 years old and above)
BuyWord. If you love to make money out of buying something at a low price and then selling it high, then you’ll definitely understand BuyWord quickly. Designed by Sid Jackson, this game takes at least 30 minutes to play and requires basic skills in counting and vocabulary. The concept of “buy low, sell high” will really come in handy. (For ages 8 years old and up)