Dabble - The Fast Thinking Word Game

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Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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Quick-moving game will engage kids who love words.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a little spelling and vocabulary as they rearrange the Dabble tiles and try to create five words in less than five minutes. This fun word game helps kids dig into their existing vocabulary and challenges them to explore and discover new words. Kids can develop strategy skills as they try to make best use of the tiles for each game. For example, if there aren't many vowels, they'll have to make words with more consonants. Kids who enjoy puzzles and are self-motivated to learn can have lots of fun and pick up a little new vocabulary with Dabble.

Ease of Play

Playing is easy: Touch the letters and drag them to the desired space. The objective can be difficult; spelling five words in under five minutes can get tricky. 


An option to purchase the Dabble board game appears on the home screen; tapping will take users to the Amazon website.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dabble - The Fast Thinking Word Game encourages quick wit and an extensive vocabulary. Although there's no iffy content in the app, younger kids still learning to spell will likely find it frustrating. The object of the game is to spell five words (of specific lengths) from a set of 20 letters in under five minutes. Players earn more points the quicker they can spell five different words, but still score if they are unable to finish the task in the time allotted. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network and Facebook, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

Players receive 20 letter tiles arranged in a pyramid with six letters on the bottom row and two letters on the top. The goal is to swap tiles so that each row spells a word, creating a total of five words. The letters turn blue when a word is valid. Players can submit fewer than five words and still earn points. The app shows a correct solution at the end of each round. Players can connect to Facebook to challenge friends.

Is it any good?

Part of Dabble's addicting game's charm is the background noise. The combination of tiles being shuffled, along with the upbeat classical music (that speeds up when a word is spelled correctly), all aim to relax and encourage the player as time quickly runs dry. 

Players will be motivated to keep competing for different awards such as quickest time, highest score, and consecutive winning streaks. Users may enter up to four names to track scores and can switch users in the middle of a game. Dabble promises to be quick-wit fun for the whole family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • If your kids like the Dabble app, pick up the board game version for your next family game night.

  • Look at the puzzle solution with your kids at the end of each game. Choose any unfamiliar words and look up the definitions together.

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