A product review of the Card game "Quiddler".

Review: Quiddler

Published 14:32 pm

In our house we love to play games: video games, card games, board games, strategy games, and any kind of "fun in a box" that lets us spend time together testing our skills or just having fun. While there is a bit of skill and strategy involved "Quiddler" is one of the games that requires a bit more thinking than some, but is a lot of fun!

"Quiddler" (at least the edition we have) comes in a dark blue box, the size and shape of two decks of cards, with yellow writing. The box proclaims that "Quiddler" is "for the fun of words" and is "The Short Word Game". I especially love anything to do with playing with words, so I found this very appealing.

"Quiddler" is a card game, consisting of 118 cards and instructions. Each card has a letter (or sometimes 2, like "th") that players are given to attempt to make words. The decorative and whimsical letters are reminiscent of those in old manuscripts and were, according to the instruction sheet, "inspired by Celtic manuscripts from 500-800 AD". (I enjoy little tid-bits like this.) This game is probably not great for younger kids, as it requires a bit more vocabulary and spelling than they may be ready for.

The box recommends "Quiddler" for ages eight through adult. The box also says "Quiddler" can be played by 1 to 8 players, but I've found it best with 3 to 5. Any more makes the game take too long, and people get impatient for it to get back to their turn. Also make sure you have a dictionary handy, for any "questionable" words.

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Game play for "Quiddler" is fairly straightforward. For the first round, three cards are dealt. The next round, four cards are dealt, then five, then six, up though the ten card round.) Each round, players try to make a word or words. Each word must consist of at least 2 cards. There is the typical drawing and discarding, etc. When one player lays down all cards, the others have one more chance to make words.

Then everyone figures up their scores (or adds a zero, if they have been given a whole handful of consonants or vowels, or several unusable "q"s and "j"s). I know it may actually sound a bit dull, but it's quite fun. We are not too competitive and always try to help each other find words at the end anyway. We also let the names of mythological gods and goddesses be played, in spite of the "no proper nouns" rule. (Though we do not allow Star Wars characters or Pokemon, which, now that I think of it, seems a bit random, but, oh well.)

You really don't have to have a huge vocabulary to enjoy this game. It's more of a word puzzle than a test of knowledge, though both can come into play. The fact that you get extra points for having the longest word or the most words also kind of levels the playing field. My strategy is usually to lay down all my cards as soon as I can. The theory is that everyone else then is forced to play whatever they can. It sounds like a good strategy.

I usually don't win.

"Quiddler" is a fun little card game, for friends or a family with older kids. "Quiddler" was fairly inexpensive especially considering the many times it has been and is likely to be played. I highly recommend "Quiddler" for your game collection!

Have fun!

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