It’s funny, I was never a big Scrabble player when I was younger. Even though I was an English Major in college, the game just didn’t do it for me. But in recent years, I’ve really gotten into it.
Allie and I play all the time and even my kids get into a bit now. Hasbro’s got a new twist on the classic Scrabble game, so I was real eager to check it out!
The game plays just like it always has, with a new colorful twist: Power Tiles! Each player picks a color and gets two star tiles and one blank tile in their color. Think of it as three bonuses.
The blank works just like the regular blanks except they’re worth 3 points apiece, or more if placed on a bonus square. When opponents use that blank, they get the 3 points as well!
The stars, on the other hand, give you two cool options. First, you can use a star to exchange your tiles. But unlike normal play where that costs you your turn, if you use a star, you can exchange tiles and then take a turn. Booyah! The other way to use a star is to tick off other players in the game. Basically, you can place them anywhere on the board as blocker.
I haven’t played yet, but I love this little twist. Anything that can annoy fellow Scrabble players on my turn gets a thumbs up from me!
Now, if you weren’t aware, a lot of schools have copies of Scrabble in the classroom. There’s even a National School Scrabble Program! Hasbro does a great job of working with schools and teachers across the country to get kids involved in this spelling-based game. In fact, there’s even an official School Scrabble Championship where teams of kids from Grades 4-8 can compete for up to $10,000 in prizes!
The Tournament is open to US & Canada residents and this year’s event is on April 26-27 in Providence, RI. Registration is now open too! If you’re a teacher or want to get your kids’ school involved, definitely check it out!
Giveaway ends on March 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. The 1 winner will be chosen at random and announced on this site. Giveaway is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia), who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. The 1 Winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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