Scrabble word finder is one of the classic, fun board games. But it isn’t the only fish in the sea; if you dive deep enough, you will come across several other similar games that can also be fun and entertaining. These Scrabble alternatives vary slightly from the rules but still are as enjoyable as the original. Now let’s check out what are some of the best alternatives for scrabble.
Anagrab is a word game that can be played using scrabble tiles. The name itself is a combination of the words ‘anagram’ and ‘grab.’ All the letter tiles, at the beginning of the game, are placed upside down and are turned over one at a time. But, unlike scrabble, there is no concept of “turns.” Instead, the players have to call out a legitimate word of at least four letters. The words used must originate from the pool of letters, or it can be made by adding at least one letter to an already present word. If the new word is legitimate, the participant who uttered the word first gets to take the letter tiles and places them in front of him or her.
When forming a new word, the foundation of the existing word must be changed. For example, you can’t add D and the end of USE to make it USED. All the alphabets in the existing word should be included, along with an additional one. As soon as the new letter is made, the first person to say a valid word can use the tiles. If two people say a word at the same time, the longer word gets the chance. If the two words are of the same length, then those word(s) are not used for the rest of the game.
Clabbers is one of the prominent alternatives of scrabble. The rules are pretty much similar to scrabble except for one: words used must be anagrams of real words. In this way, players get a lot of leeway for strategic tile placement for maximising score. It has the ‘double challenge’ rule, which means that players can do any poker-like bluffing by challenging the opponent to reveal the “real” word that the anagram makes.
Take Two– also known as Speed Scrabble or Bananagrams– is a scrabble variant that you can play without the board. The tiles used are placed face-down, and seven face-up starting tiles are given to the payers to make their own valid Scrabble grid. When a player successfully utilizes each of their face-up tiles, they must shout “take two,” and every other player has to take two more tiles. Once all the tiles have been taken, the person who uses all of his or her tiles to complete the puzzle is declared as the winner.
It may share its name with Scrabble but Scrabble Slam! follows rules that are not all that similar to Scrabble. It uses cards instead of traditional tiles. Players throw down a letter card to alternate a four-letter word to a different four-letter word. This is done by placing the card on top of one of the four piles of cards that are used to form words. So if the word shown is GAME, you can put the F on the G to make it FAME, and the next player could put a Z on the M to make the word GAZE and so on.
Anagrams–alternatively called Snatch or Snatch-words–is a fast paced Scrabble-like game. It’s played without a board and is not turn based, unlike Scrabble. It is similar to Scrabble in that all tiles are kept face-down, and each player must flip a tile in the clear view of all players. Anagrams don’t have any “turns.” Any player, when coming across a valid word, can call it out, take the letters, and put the tiles in front of them. You must make a word using a minimum of 3 letters from the pool of remaining tiles, or you can add letters to an existing word on the table that’s either of your own or of your opponents.
Introduced in 2004 and now available in two languages (English and German), Super Scrabble is a board game that’s a variant of Scrabble. It is played using a 21×21 grid board instead of 15×15 like in Scrabble, with twice as many letter tiles. One of the major differences from Scrabble is the inclusion of a higher value premium space like Quadruple Word Scores and Quadruple Letter Scores. The distributions of tiles are different too– as Super Scrabble has 150% more “S” tile than Scrabble.
Wild Words has the same size board and a very similar scoring system as Scrabble. It differs from scrabble due to the inclusion of twelve wild tiles marked with an asterisk that represent one letter or any series of letters, and special board squares that converts a regular letter tile into a wild tile.
These changes shift the focus of the game from playing short words to playing words of any length. A player who aims to win must find a 7-tile-bonus-plays majority of the time. The short odd words that are very prominently used in Scrabble are of little use in Wild Words.
Scrabble is a great way to spend your time, but one can switch it up every so often and try some of the more popular scrabble variants. These games were created with Scrabble as their inspiration, but with variations, some more than the other. For Scrabble enthusiasts, using an alternative game can keep it fresh and exciting.