Does anyone have any experience with Quiddler? I've seen it around and heard (can't recall where) that it is fantastic, although to me it looks like Scrabble using playing cards? I'm guessing there is more to it?
We play Quiddler as a family - actually one of our favourites when the grandparents visit. It is a fast paced card game, where players make words from the cards dealt or drawn. First round you receive 3 cards with one card increase each round up to 10 cards. My 7 year old is a wordsmith and loves it. So do my parents.
I've also played it with success at school with intermediate aged students, although suitable for much younger kids. Great for reinforcing game rules and spelling conventions.
It's a bit pricey at around $30 per pack but I'd recommend it as a great game for the whole family and small enough to pack for days out or travel.
We too play quiddler, yes it is quite a lot like scrabble with cards but it is great fun. A good family game and works with our 9 year old maths phobic son who adds and subtracts with ease so long as it doesn't look like maths!
Another great game made by the same company is Set. A shape/colour/texture card-based recognition game, it takes a while to grasp, but is a real test of skill and a lot of fun. I'd guess ages 8 and up could play. We have played it with family and friends since my son was about 10. We enjoy it most playing with just 2 and taking turns (it's a pretty quick game), but more can play. It keeps adults completely entertained, and proficiency and speed develop with practice. Highly recommended.
If you like Scrabble type games then Bananagrams is hard to beat. I've given it to scrabble fans as a present and they've quickly taken to it as the preferred game. Is much quicker and you play at your own speed (although competing against the other players) rather than waiting for others to take their turn.
My sister in law travels alot and when her kids were younger (2 have left school) Quiddler was her answer to departure lounge boredom etc. We would play it at family get-togethers and the atmosphere ranged from jovial to hugely competitive.
I have one non-speller and we focus on word rummicub because its a bit more tactile but I'd still recommend Quiddler.
One key memory of playing was a niece when she was about 12 stacking her cards into tight little stacks with great precision and then asking, in response to some family ribbing directed at her mother, "what does 'anal' mean?"