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Scrabble Review
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Posted: 7 days ago, last updated 3 days ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Scrabble is a brain game where you strategically place letters on a grid to maximise your score. You play by arranging your seven Letter tiles into words, which are then fitted onto words already on the board. It is part vocabulary test, part visual puzzle where you have to squeeze out every last possible point from your available letters.

You play by sequencing Letter tiles, which each have a different point allocation depending on their rarity, into words and fit them horizontally or vertically into other words on the board. The twist is that certain squares offer bonus points for the letter or word placed over them.

As you play, space on the board is used up and access to higher scoring bonuses becomes available. It becomes a bit of a race to use these multipliers and then find increasingly clever ways to squeeze more words from your letters. Being good at adapting and changing words ensures you score the highest possible points. When all the tiles have been used up, the player with most points wins.

What starts as an enjoyable challenge of finding words from the letters that you receive, quickly becomes a strategic battle for space where often brilliant words go unrewarded and sneaky one letter adaptations score big points. This is a classic word game which develops both the players vocabulary and their ability to fight ruthlessly for victory.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1948

Genres: Brain Game, Puzzle, Sequencing and Strategy

Pieces: Bag and Placeables

Developer: Mattel (@Mattel)

Players: 2-4



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Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. Although creating and adding words to the board is simple, scoring is much more complex and you need to understand both how each letter is scored and how the bonuses are awarded.

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 1 and a half hours to complete. This can be a very long game, if you wish to shorten it, then consider setting an agreed time limit per turn.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room. Best with 2 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

9-12 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have a wide enough vocabulary to be able to sequence the Letter tiles into words. They also need to be patient, as this is a long game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


Since being published, over 200 different versions of this game have been created. These include different language versions and many different versions to tie in with other media such as films and tv.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Scrabble Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Mattel) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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