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Game Review

"The 3-minute word search game."

Ages 8 and up
Parker Brothers
Rules copyright 1973,1997 Hasbro, Inc.
Boggle setup
Uncle's Games link

2 or More Players5+ minutes


Shake up the letter dice. Flip the timer. Using the letters on the dice, spell as many words (3 letters or more) before time runs out.


To start, each player is given a pencil and paper. The letter dice are sealed in a container and shaken up. When the dice are settled, the cover is removed, and the timer is started. Players write down as many of words that can be found in the cubes as possible.

Words must be formed from the letters that adjoin, and no letter may be used more than once in the same word.

When the timer runs out, players compare the word lists. If players have written the same word, that word is crossed out and receives no points. The remaining words receive points based on the number of letters used: 3 or 4 letters = 1 point, 5 letters = 2 points, 6 letters = 3 points, 7 letters = 5 points, and 8+ letters = 11 points.

Boggle setup

Winning Conditions:

  • The player with the most points wins. If multiple rounds are played, the first player to reach the goal score (like 100 points) wins.

Our Opinion:

Thumbs Up! Boggle is a classic game. It is easy to learn, but there isn't a lot of strategy. We found that the best points are earned when you write down every little word that you see. If you are lucky enough to see a long word, you really feel like you earned the extra points.

People who like word games and crossword puzzles will love Boggle. A good vocabulary is a valuable asset. Having a dictionary nearby helps to resolve any spelling/definition arguments between players.

Boggle is very popular and easy to find in a store -- shop around so that you don't pay too much for it.

Where to buy:

Any local toy store including K-mart, Target, WalMart, etc.

Uncle's Games link

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