Scrabble: A Classic for Good Reason

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Last week I wrote about games that brought you back to childhood but I don’t believe I mentioned Scrabble. I’m going to keep it short this week and give you 3 reasons as to why Scrabble is an awesome game and should be played at any time, at any age!

  1. Scrabble is very humbling

You pull out the board, grab your 7 tiles and you’re on your way. Whether you’re the first up or third- aScrabble fire is instantly lit as you consider all of the possibilities with your tiles. You study your opponents every move as each letter forms a word, an opportunity. I know there are other word games out there but something about the simplicity makes Scrabble the most appealing. Simple in not only it’s concept and presentation, but also in how easy it is for people to become reacquainted with their competitive side. Alternatively, there’s nothing worse than realizing you a) can’t spell a word b) didn’t think of an obvious choice until it’s too late or c) realizing your word helps another player strike it big. Like I said, Scrabble is humbling.

2. Freshen up your vocab

I hinted at this above, but think about it. How often do you really need to know how to spell something these days? If your typing isn’t auto-corrected, chances are you’ll type the word into Google to verify. We have it easy. Gone are the days of the dictionaries and the “hey man, how do you spell….?” You probably have everything you need in your hands or at your fingertips, all the time.

So when you are put in a situation where you actually have to use your brain, it’s honestly refreshing! Not only are you giving your brain a good workout but you’re breaking away from the screens- which is always a good thing. Not to mention, you’re giving yourself an opportunity to learn from fellow players as well as enjoy their creativity. It can be hilarious to watch people come up with impressive solutions especially when the board gets crowded.

3. It’s about the little things in life

Scrabble PiecesAt the start of gameplay… all of a sudden the only thing you care about in the entire world (well that could be a slight stretch): letters, words and points.  Pretty straightforward, pretty light- well worth your time, anytime. Unlike other games with a hard edge, it’s relatively hard to walk away from a game of Scrabble feeling aggravated at your other opponents. It’s not like they can intentionally screw you over- nobody knows each others letters!

As someone who has played a lot of board games lately- some I’ve never heard of much less played before- it can be a bit daunting realizing you’re being outsmarted, conned, betrayed… whatever. Games can make you uncomfortable. Not Scrabble though, not Scrabble.

You may play this game with other people but in the end I think in a way we all play it for personal mental health. It is well worthy of the “classic” title. I mean seriously, if you have ever felt bad after a game of Scrabble I want to hear about it. Pronto.

1-4 Too Much Awful
5-7.5- Not so Awesome
7.6-8.5 Almost awesome
8.6-9.4 – Awesome!
9.5-10- Totally Awesome!
9.1 Awesome
  • Concept: 10
  • Presentation: 9
  • Longevity: 8
  • Gameplay: 9.5
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