The amazing folks over at Tryazon gave me the exciting opportunity to host a game party for the game Dabble! They sent me two copies of the game - one for me and one for the winner of game night in exchange for my honest review of the game.
I was super excited to be able to host this party and it was a ton of fun. We had five ladies (plus me) attend.
About the Game (in my words):
Dabble is a game with a bunch of word tiles with point values assigned to each letter. Higher point values to more difficult letters like Q and J. Each player is given 20 tiles and must spell a 2 letter word, a 3 letter word, a 4 letter word, a 5 letter word and a 6 letter word with their tiles.
What I liked about the game:
*I love games with letter manipulation, so this is the exact type of game I like.
*The speed rules are waaay fun and it's really neat to be able to exchange tiles when you need to.
*It's fun to find ways to use the more difficult letters to get more points. I feel like it's a challenge when I get J and X and Q.
*The game comes with Spanish letter tiles too if you speak Spanish and/or want to opt to play with Spanish words. They even came in a separate bag so you don't have to fish them out of the other letters if you aren't going to use them.
What I didn't like about the game:
*My husband and I tried playing with the traditional rules before the party and honestly, it was boring. Using the timer to dictate the end of a round instead of when you are finished can make the game take long and seem tedious. Also, waiting for the round to end to exchange tiles makes it less fun too.
*The pieces don't fit back into the box. You have to assemble the letter trays when you first get the game (no big deal here - that's common for games.) But them the assembled pieces don't fit back in the box and the box can't fully close. And it is too difficult to dismantle the letter trays each time.
*The rules to the Speed version are not included in the box. I only knew they existed because of the information with which Tryazon provided me.
*There was one small part of the rules that was a little confusing. To win the game you need 500 points. So you play multiple rounds until a player reaches 500 points. But the rules don't stipulate what happens if 2 players both reach 500 points in the same round. (In my opinion, it's pretty obvious that the player with the highest score over 500 wins, but rules to a game shouldn't be implied, they should be explicitly stated.)
Overall, I loved the game and I love my experience with Dabble and Tryazon. There are a few things that I would change about the game if it were up to me, but I definitely plan to play this game again. I am even planning to take the game with me on a 20 hour road trip to be able to play with my family when we visit them this summer.