SCRABBLE Turbo Slam! Review
I’ve always loved word games, and especially Scrabble. I love that there are similar word games available to play online on sites like Facebook, but sometimes I miss just sitting around on the floor and playing a good, old-fashioned board game. My husband doesn’t like board games, so if I want to play any, I have to borrow my neighbor’s kids.
Since Scrabble is a favorite game, I was very excited to try out a fun new twist on the old classic, called SCRABBLE Turbo Slam! Game pieces include a battery operated machine that also functions as storage, 12 action cards, and 55 letter cards. Action cards come into play when the Turbo Slam unit buzzes and a player is the first to slap it. The action cards can work in your favor or against you; sometimes you’ll get to discard cards, and other times you’ll have to acquire cards. The letter cards have one letter on each side, and you can use either side to build a word.
The game starts out with 4 cards that spell a word. Everyone plays at the same time to build on that word to create new words. Game play can stop if someone challenges a word and it has to be looked up in a dictionary. Once the word is either approved or disproved, the game continues. There aren’t any penalties for the player who tried to make a false word; he or she just returns the card to his or her hand. The game continues until a player runs out of all of his or her cards.
We played SCRABBLE Turbo Slam! on the floor so that the cards in play and the Turbo Slam unit were within easy reach of each player. I played the game with a 16-year-old, 13-year-old, and an 8-year-old, and it got really rowdy really fast. The 8-year-old slammed the unit really hard, and I was afraid she might destroy it, but it remained intact. The game was hardest for the 8-year-old, who couldn’t think fast enough to build new words and had a hard time keeping track of her handful of cards. The older kids had the most fun creating fake words, which I constantly challenged. Our game took about half an hour to play, and by the end, they’d had enough. I really enjoyed the SCRABBLE Turbo Slam! game, and would love to play it with a more mature group next time to see how the game play flows.
The SCRABBLE Turbo Slam! game is for 2-4 players, ages 8 and up, and requires 3 AAA batteries to operate the Turbo Slam unit. You can purchase it for $14.99 from the Hasbro website or Amazon.com. Target, Kmart, ShopKo, and Wal-mart are all likely to have the game in stock, so look for it the next time you’re at the store.
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.*