Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award 2020
We really enjoyed this innovative word play game with or without the timer. It’s not Boggle and it’s not Scrabble...it is its own fresh new format. Word WItt is easy to learn and challenging good fun. One player tosses the three vowel cubes and then turns up the consonant card, flip the timer and everyone starts writing! The object is to find as many words as you can using the vowels and consonants on the card before time is up. With simple scoring, players get one point for every word of four letters or less and two points for words five letters or more. (There is a more complex scoring possibility for more advanced players.) Since our players were older we added a rule borrowed from Boggle—we crossed out words that more than one player wrote; but forget that rule with beginners. For starters, you might want to play with a kitchen timer that will allow more thinking time...and be less pressure for younger players. A five-minute round would be easier than the sand timer that comes with the game. For all ages, Word Witt is a fun way to engage in flexible thinking. Remind them of the word families they know and perhaps play the game cooperatively with teams of younger and older players helping each other. They say 7-107. We agree. It can be played with simple three letter words and by crossword champs who come up with three and four syllable words using all the vowels to score an extra 5 points.