When I was given the opportunity of reviewing Hasbro's Boggle Flash game, I jumped at the chance. I have fond childhood memories of playing the old-style Boggle game which consisted of little wooden dice with letters on and an eggtimer. When the new Boggle Flash arrived, I couldn't believe my eyes - it's gone all high tech !
Gone are the little dice and the eggtimer and in their place are five electronic tiles. They flash up random letters which you have to arrange into 3, 4 or 5 letter words against the timer. It sounds really easy but it all depends on the letters you get, which is actually great because it means a 9-year-old can play against her mum and actually win several times without her mum purposely letting her win - just ask Sophie, she'll happily tell you !
The little tiles may just look like souped-up electronic Scrabble letters (funnily enough, I discovered when researching this review that this same game is called Scrabble Flash in America !) but they are really really clever. As well as giving you the random letters, they automatically detect when you've created a legitimate word and beep at you - no more "that's not a real word - oh yes it is - where's the dictionary?" arguments ! But that's not all ! They also keep the score for you - one less headache !
Boggle Flash is the perfect game for playing in the car or on an aeroplane or train to help pass the time because you can pack the tiles up in a small plastic box so it can easily fit in your handbag. The fact that the game beeps at you to tell you you've made a real word also means that young children can play by themselves, learning new words as they go. I'm really impressed with the way they've taken an old classic and brought it bang up to date so that it appeals to the "electronic generation" too.
star rating : 5/5
RRP : £24.99
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