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Our main problem with the game is that if you actually have a decent vocabulary, you're almost always better off taking the option to draw a card instead of rolling the die (if you look closely at the photograph you'll see that we wrote "MISSISSIPPI" when asked to "Add a river", for a reasonably number of points). This makes the die rather annoying, as you have to "roll" it anyway to start the timer. (However, it does have one nice advantage over a sand-timer -- you don't have to wait for it to reset.)
Another problem I have with the game is the same one I have with Scrabble -- players who know the permissible two-letter words are going to be able to make high-scoring "parallel" plays that other players can't, even worse so as you have so much flexibility in the letters you add.
That, plus the poor quality of the components (although I have to admit that the box is one of the sturdiest boxes I've ever seen for a board game -- this company really knows how to do boxes) means that this is not a winner over the classic Scrabble. But with the right amount of fixes ... maybe.
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