written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Linda Richter•updated: 4/3/2011
Scrabble Flash is an electronic Scrabble game that is a radical variation of the original. It only requires five electronic tiles that rely on Smartlink technology to form words and even keep scores.
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Scrabble is one of the most beloved board games of all time. Its digital versions on the Internet and Scrabble clones on mobile devices have made it even more popular because it improves people's vocabulary and it provides endless fun at the same time. A variant of the game comes in the form of Scrabble Flash, which is an electronic Scrabble game that puts a wildly different spin on how the vocabulary game is played. Instead of numerous tiles placed on a large game board with scoring that requires writing on paper or keeping a digital display on hand, Scrabble Flash only requires five separate electronic tiles that players need to line up to create words. Scoring is done by the game automatically and electronically, giving players more time actually playing the game rather than spending time jotting down scores.
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With nothing but five separate tiles needed for the game, it is a very compact way of having fun. This makes it extremely portable and an ideal entertainment solution during parties or trips out of town. Red square tiles, each with a display screen that shows letters and lights up, give the game a minimalistic approach. This also makes handling and learning to use them easy even for younger players. Its minimalistic and compact design gets a rating of four out of five.
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The tiles in this game may have screen displays, but all you will ever see are letters in those small screens. No navigation is involved. It is all hands-on and manual handling. There is almost no user interface to speak of, which makes it one of the easiest to learn yet sophisticated pieces of electronic games available. Game events are marked by displays lighting up and a chime. Its simple yet effective user interface gets a rating of four out of five.
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The letter tiles feature Smartlink technology that lets them detect each other and the order they are arranged in when they are lined up next to each other. The game can be played with all five tiles used in a play or only four of them to allow for more simple words, making it easier for younger players to participate. The game has two solo game modes and one multiplayer game mode, all revolving around how players can come up with words from the given letters on the tiles within a specified time limit. A set of rules is included with the package, making it easier for players to learn the game. Sophisticated technology backing up fun and simple game modes earn this game a rating of four out of five.
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The simple yet engrossing gameplay of this game relies on the responsiveness of the Smartlink technology in the tiles, and you can expect a smooth and seamless experience with it. There are no issues with it in terms of performance, so it gets a excellent rating of five out of five.
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This electronic Scrabble game may be a radical departure to the classic board game, but it keeps the essence of fun vocabulary word games alive in a compact package. It gets a good rating of four out of five stars overall.
You can purchase this electronic Scrabble Flash game from Amazon.com at $26.97.
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State of Play Blog - http://www.stateofplayblog.com/2010/09/scrabble-flash-review.html