A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
SCRABBLE, from Electronic Arts, brings the classic word-building board game, which is available in dozens of editions and played both in living rooms and in high-stakes tournaments, to the Nintendo DS and PSP. The game makes an easy transition into the electronic format with almost no change in the fundamental look, feel, and play of the original. The reason is that Scrabble is elegantly simple, endlessly challenging, and consistently fun.
This pocket-sized package contains the original or \"Classic\" game, complete with a very cool dictionary feature that confirms (or denies) that your play is an actual word and gives the definition. There's also a speed mode and a new variation called \"Slam\" that using cards. Also included is a tutorial, training, and minigames.Plus, up to four DS owners can play via Wi-Fi.
Is it any good?
As sophisticated as the game engine and range of play modes are in Scrabble, there's simply no substitute for hanging out with friends and family playing face to face. But for travel and times when there's no opponent available, this reassuringly familiar and mentally challenging game will please any player (and parent).
It's also noteworthy that Scrabble is available on Face Book and at Pogo.com for free. Though these online games don't offer the variety of training and modes, they can satisfy the casual Scrabble player.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about new words they've discovered playing Scrabble. They can also discuss whether some of the high-scoring words they've used in the game are applicable in any other situations. Would you ever actually use some of these crazy, consonant-heavy constructions?
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