Published by: Formal Ferret Games
# of Players: 1 to 6
Wordsy is a word game with simple components that work perfectly with the game. Each player will have a pencil and a word pad that will be used to write down your words and keep score. Wordsy comes with a sand timer to limit the time per round. The main part of the game is comprised of cards with a letter on them. These are big and bold for everyone at the table to see. There are also 4 point cards that will be placed from 5 to 2 in a row. Wordsy's rule book is rather in-depth for a word game. The rules give plenty of examples on what you can and can not do and also on scoring for a word. The rule book even talks about having the group decide some optional rules ahead of time like spelling and what source to use for challenges. Some people have laminated the player word sheets. A lot of word sheets are provided but I do see the benefits of laminating if you have the ability to do so. There is nothing flashy about the components, but they do exactly what the game needs and keeps the price point down to make this available to anyone.
Wordsy is a word game that is played over 7 rounds. Each round will have 8 letter cards in the middle of the table that will earn players points if their word contains those letters. Once all 8 letters are on the table, players can start trying to come up with their word and write it down on their word pad. Once the first player has written their word, they will flip over the timer to start a countdown. Once everyone has their word or the timer has finished, players will discuss their words. If someone has the same word as another person, that is okay as long it is in the same round. A player can not use a word that was used in a previous round or just add an ending to it.
Words are scored by the letters on the table that word used. If you look at the picture near the components section, you will see that a T and C will each earn you 5 points. G and S will earn 4 and so on. If you wrote down the word "Scattering" you would score 21 points. (C and T give you 5 each, G and S give you 4 each and R gives you 3 points) You can only use each letter card once, but if there had been two T cards on the table, I could have used both cards due to having two Ts in my word. Spelling rules can be decided by the group ahead of time. For example some will say keep the spelling how you wrote it or you must use the correct spelling. Flexibility helps cater the game to the group. If a player does not think that another player's answer is not a word, they may challenge them. For example proper nouns are not allowed, so using Klingon would not be allowed. If the word is challenged, the group should identify ahead of time what will be the source of proving challenges. Sources like dictionary.com may be best for your group or maybe your group says urban dictionary is approved. Your group could even say foreign languages and Klingon are allowed. If the challenge is confirmed, the word will not be allowed. If the challenge fails, the challenger loses 2 points. The player with the highest point word for the round will get bonus points from either the first person column or after the timer started column. Once a round is over, the last two columns of letters are discarded and 4 new letters are added to the table. After 7 rounds, players will remove their two lowest scoring rounds. They will total up the rest of the rounds and add any bonuses they may received. Make sure to subtract for any challenge penalties you may have received. The player with the highest score wins.
Even though I write reviews, words and spelling are not a strength of mine. I have horrible memories of getting completely destroyed in Scrabble. I hate you triple word score! Wordsy is a word game that I was able to play and enjoy. You are no longer restricted to set letters. I could use what I know and compete with the friends that kick my butt at other word games. While the words varied, the points stayed pretty close throughout each game. I love the flexibility of spelling and what words are approved. This is the word game where a middle school child can compete with his college educated parent. Wordsy takes almost no set up time and very little space, making it a great filler game or a game to play while waiting for food at a restaurant. Wordsy takes a minute to explain the rules and then everyone is ready to begin. Because the letters change each round, each game will be different from the last. Wordsy is a keeper for me and now feel like there is a word game I can enjoy. I would recommend this Wordsy to anyone. Wordsy will be enjoyed by a wide age range as well as education range. I could see Wordsy being used by parents to help kids with the vocabulary and spelling. The majestic simplicity of Wordsy makes it a triumph in the lexicon of word games.
+Flexibility of rules to cater to group
+Being able to use any letter or word
+Quick set up and gameplay
+Easy to learn
+Same table space allows to Wordsy to be played almost anywhere
+Word game that a wide skill and age range can compete
- Could start arguments with contested words