REwordable is a card game that challenges players to make (and steal and re-make) words from word fragments. Two to eight players compete to build words from cards that have one, two, or three letters each (multi-letter cards use commonly-occurring letter combinations: “ch”, “un”, “ive”, and so on). Players can earn special tokens if, for example, they use four cards in a single word, or making a word that uses only two-letter cards, etc. Players can create words just from their own hand, or using one or more shared cards from the table, or by stealing someone else’s word and adding a card to it.
The rules are simple to understand, but, like Scrabble, producing winning words can be very challenging. While it would be possible to play express games with short time limits to produce words, we found play proceeded at a slow but steady pace in our typical games, and the manufacturer suggests that games could run from 20 to 30 minutes long.
In our tests, Rewordable was fun and thought-provoking, with many opportunities for laughs and good-natured rivalry. The word-stealing happened increasingly often as our games grew, with many “sorry-not-sorry” expressions of glee. Younger players may find it tricky to keep up with older ones, but they will quickly find their vocabulary and their word-building skills growing; in a family game it helps if one approaches the game more as a collaboration than a competition. But as an 8-player party game feel free to let the competitive spirit fly!
Emily Crawford ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master’s in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.