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Monday, May 9, 2016

Word Squares

Word Squares

Ratings

6.65 out of 10 with 14 ratings
Board Game Rank: Not Ranked

Description

A pencil and paper game in which players use a common set of letters to generate words, crossword-style, on their individual grids.

Each player starts with an empty 5x5 grid. One player begins by calling out a letter which all must use, but may place in any empty space on their own sheet. When all are ready, turn passes for the next player to call out. Continue taking turns and recording letters until the grid is completed.

Players score for forming proper words, both across and down, according to length.

3 letters = 1 point
4 letters = 2 points
5 letters = 4 points

Other scoring may be used, but the intent is for longer words to score enough to balance out the rule that words wholly contained within another are not scored. Words that overlap, however, may score individually.

Examples:


MATED - ignore both MATE and ATE



MASKI - score for MASK and SKI and ASK


  • Designer: (Uncredited)
  • Publisher: (Public Domain)
  • Year Published: 0
  • Number of Players: 2 - 25
  • Manufacturer Suggested Ages: 12
  • Playing Time: 20
  • Category: Print & Play, Word Game
  • Mechanic: Paper-and-Pencil
  • Alternate Names: Crossword Squares, Maven, Word Squares

Reviews

7 out of 10
By
A quick and clever little word game. Certainly a nice diversion/exercise for Scrabble freaks.

6.5 out of 10
By
I like it. Great fun for times when all you have is pen and paper. It can also support any number of players!

6 out of 10
By
Good, quick, word game

By
Like Nerdy Wordy but without the limiting of the letter cubes and with different scoring (the "wholly contained" and must be 3 letters would make this one easier to score, maybe).

By
See also [gameid=97999], published by Crown & Andrews, which made a version of this using letter tiles, as seen in my pictorial review: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/707082

By
Playable with Paper & Pencil

8.5 out of 10
By
Fantastic and overlooked pencil and paper game in which players use a common set of letters to generate words, crossword-style, on their individual grids. Each player starts with an empty 5x5 grid. One player begins by calling out a letter which all must use, but may place in any empty space on their own sheet. When all are ready, turn passes for the next player to call out. Continue taking turns and recording letters until the grid is completed. Players score for forming proper words, both across and down, according to length. 3 letters = 1 point 4 letters = 2 points 5 letters = 4 points Other scoring may be used, but the intent is for longer words to score enough to balance out the rule that words wholly contained within another are not scored. Words that overlap, however, may score individually. Examples: MATED - ignore both MATE and ATE MASKI - score for both MASK and SKI (Note to Croatian players: Mi igramo tako da dozvoljavamo padeže (npr. mraka, braku itd.), a ne dozvoljavamo osobna imena)

5 out of 10
By
A simple word game that uses a crossword-like matrix. Game Owned: #1965.

6 out of 10
By
A fun little word game that works well if you forgot to bring board games: you can just draw the grid on a piece of paper. I like calling out strange letters just to throw other people off. (4 plays)

By
Gioco di parole. Griglia 5x5, a turno si dice una lettera e la si scrive in uno spazio vuoto della griglia. In verticale ed orizzontale si fanno parole da 3,4,5 lettere (1,2,4 punti)

7 out of 10
By
Also known as Crossword Squares in the book New Rules for Classic Games. Short and interesting.

5 out of 10
By
Paper and pencil version.

8 out of 10
By
Good family challenge for adults to engage with teenage offspring. A couple rounds fit easily near meal time or right before bed.

8 out of 10
By
In many ways, this game has what I like about Scrabble while removing what I dislike. It has a strong emphasis on positional word play, without the impact of luck of the draw. To make this game ruthless, play 2 player with open boards (you hide your grid when writing a letter, however) Pen and paper game, but certainly doesn't feel like one. Is one of the few games I know that can effectively be played over the telephone (provided you trust your opponent). PEN AND PAPER
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