Day 192: Scrabble Flash

Scrabble Flash

Scrabble Flash

I have a lot of fun with this little version of the classic board game Scrabble. It’s perfect for solo play and offers a quick fix for Scrabble junkies.

The rules are simple: try to form as many 3-, 4-, and 5-letter words as possible in the allotted time using the electronic tiles. The tiles randomly choose five letters to work with during a game. They sense when a word is formed and give little beep to know you’ve scored. There’s also another version of the game where you try to form as many 5-letter words as possible.

Since there’s no board or opponent, this is a really stripped down version of the game. Scrabble purists may object, but it’s a handy game to have on the road or when you want a quick session of word play.

Best of all, no opponent will ever challenge your word choice. To paraphrase the poker saying, the tiles speak.

Pictured above: the end of a game when Scrabble Flash reveals the maximum number of words that were playable.

Day 189: The Gift of Gaming

Love Letter

Love Letter

To celebrate our anniversary, I took my wife out to eat and I surprised her with a few new games: Scrabble Flash, Ticket to Ride USA 1910, and Love Letter.

We were hooked on Scrabble Flash last year when my sister-in-law bought the game. It’s a fun, high-tech version of the classic board game. It’s an outstanding solo player game and I love the fast-paced play.

I wrote about our addiction to Ticket to Ride earlier this year. We played countless games before downloading the app for our tablets, where we ended up playing most of the time. So, to rekindle our passion for TTR, I bought the 1910 expansion. We’ll be putting this to the test soon and I’m already fired up to try out the new rules.

Finally, no anniversary would be complete without a love letter or, in our case, the Love Letter card game. I’ve heard nothing but good things about LL and it seems like it’s our style of game: easy to learn, with some strategy, and games that don’t take all day to play.