Word games usually aren’t my thing, but I have found one that I absolutely love (and so does everyone else I meet), Snatch.
My biggest complaint with word games is just how slow they move. I could cook dinner, or write a blog, while waiting for my turn to come back around in a game of Scrabble. Up Words, is nearly as bad, although with fewer letters to choose from it might go measurably faster. Boggle is equally boring to me. Granted, we are all playing at the same exact time, but there is little to no interaction between players, which means I might as well be playing a computer game for all it would matter. Snatch is different from all of these.
Snatch is a word game about speed and cunning. Players take turns turning over tiles, much like the ones found in Scrabble, and as soon as a word can be made someone yells it out and *snatches* the word over to their side. If someone sees a word that can be made, using someone else’s word and any of the letters in the center of the table, they can yell that out and *snatch* the word for themselves. Scrabble rules apply, no personal nouns and such, but otherwise the only thing to remember is that if you steal a word you much change the core definition of the word. Thus ‘cart’ could not legally become ‘carts’ or ‘carted’, but it could most definently become ‘crate’. This makes the game very fast paced and full of lots of interaction between players.
In our group this game has spanned the generation gap. Over the Fourth of July weekend, my husband and I took the game (along with about 30-40 others) up to the lake house where a slew of family was meeting. We ended up playing the game with some teenage boys, and was surprised to find that they not only endurred through the game, but were caught later playing it just amongst themselves. Sounds like the ultimate praise of a good game to me!
At this point readers are probably thinking, ‘Hey! I have an old set of scrabble tiles laying around. We could just use those!’. Well, you would be right, it is theoretically possible to play the game with them, we have even done it in a pinch ourselves. However, the distribution of letters is much different in Scrabble then it is Snatch, so you are likely to end up with a less fulfilling game.
Snatch runs for somewhere between $15-$20 depending on the retailer. It comes in a small sturdy plastic tube for easy travel, and trust me, it will travel! So if you don’t already own a copy, I would highly recommend snatching up a copy of Snatch right away.
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