As my daughter is getting older, it has been harder to find enjoyable family games. The ‘junior’ games are too easy for her now and the regular-version games seem too challenging. This is also the case with certain word games such as Scrabble. The point count and unusual words such as qi, raj, or jo make it hard to even the playing ground when dealng with varied ages and vocabulary levels.
Nab -It! is a new creation by the same game makers of Scrabble at Hasbro Games. Each word is only worth one point, regardless of the letters used or the length of the word. You can stack letters to gain control over a word or steal it from someone else. The player that places the highest letter on each word receives the point.
I received this game just before we left for vacation so I was happy that the contents were easy enough to pack. The first time I played it was with my father-in-law and 9-year-old daughter.
The gameplay is simple but takes a bit to get used to. Two to four players can join in and each has their own set of colored tiles. The youngest player starts off placing a word as small as two letters long. The player to the left adds on letters, crossword style. You can even stack letters. For example, you could put a ‘d’ on top of ‘make’ to become ‘made’. Letters can be stacked up to five tiles high and the highest letter controls the word, therefore winning the point. As you can imagine, the player in the lead changes many times throughout the game.
My mother-in-law was cracking up as she watched my father-in-law trying to place Dutch words hoping they would work in English too, but most didn’t. Oh well, at least we learned that this can be played in any language that uses the same alphabet.
All-in-all we all had a lot fun. I definitely think you need to play at least 2-3 times to be able to get comfortable with the set-up and strategy. The tiles are colorful and made of sturdy plastic. I love how mobile and portable the game can be so it can be played anywhere. I can’t wait to play it again!
If you are looking for a new addition to try for Family Game Night, try picking this one up!
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