Thursday, January 17, 2013

Kerflip!


Publisher: Creative Foundry Games (2010)

Game Design: Damon Tabb



Players: 2-4

Age recommendation: 8+

Kerflip! Rules: http://kerflip.com/howtoplay/

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The first one to spot a word yells it out and flips their 20-ish second timer. In that 20-ish seconds, the other players have to come up with another word. Ideally, they would choose a word that doesn't use many of the same letters, and here is why:


Player 1 yells out "washer" and player 2 yells out "fresh". Player 1 gets 10 points for every ivory colored tile (60 points) and then flips them over to the orange side.


Orange tiles are only worth 5 points now.

I made a mistake on this picture - I didn't see the unused R

Player 2 would get 35 points: 10 points each for the ivory F and R and 5 points each for the E, S and H.

That is almost the end of the round. If you take a close look, you can also see numbers on a few of the harder to use tiles (F and W). These numbers indicate the number of bonus cards you get for being the first to use that letter. The bonus cards are kept and added up at the end of the game.

Sweep off the used tiles into the drop zones and recycle the unused letters and begin the next round.  Play ends when you are out of tiles.

I like this game a lot because I am really fond of word games. I also like the easy cleanup tray and bin that lies underneath the board (outstanding design).

My partner had a slow start to the game.  She had to ditch her Boggle mindset where she was spending too much time thinking about HOW MANY words she could make out of the mix and not thinking about the BEST POSSIBLE word.  After 3 rounds, she was back on track (enough so, that she ended up winning).

I would definitely recommend Kerflip to word game enthusiast families!

Here is a quick video explanation from the makers of Kerflip!


One Zillion Games was provided with a review copy of Kerflip from Creative Foundry Games. The fact that a review copy was provided, in no way influences our opinions of the game.

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