Upwords game

by Amanda Nettgen

(USA)

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Upwords
Game manufacturer:
Parker Brothers/Hasbro
Number of players:
1-4
Ages:
8+

Quick verdict

The name “Upwords” is a play on words, and so is the game. Similar to the original Scrabble game, the Upwords game has the distinction of making word play that much more interesting and competitive by allowing you to stack tiles on top of tiles, forming new words.

The game and gameplay

The basic gameplay of Upwords is almost identical to that of other word-making games. You grab a rack, choose seven tiles to adorn it and select a random tile (hopefully the one that is closest to A) to determine who goes first.

Click here to Put Your Foot Down: submit your OWN Footprint Rating and leave comments for this game!The starting player must build a valid word (no gibberish) of at least two letters in length up or down on the board. Unlike Scrabble, there’s no star to mandate where you must start forming words (there also aren’t any special spaces like Triple Word Score, unfortunately). The contender then draws from the tile collection to restore his rack back to seven.

The next player can either stack some tiles on top of what has already been laid down, branch off and design a new word, pass, or exchange a tile. If a participant chooses to stack, he must retain at least one of the original letters in his new word, for obvious reasons (anybody could just lay down whatever and never actually build “up” from something).Don’t try to be slick and put an A on top of an A and expect extra points, or attempt to build