Wibbell++ Board Game Review

Publisher: Stuff By Bez
Players: 2-10
Duration on box: 2-45 minutes
Age recommended on box: 8+
Time to learn: 5 minutes


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Game Description/Game play

Wibbell++ is a deck of 48 cards. The deck can be used to play a variety of words games. The game currently comes with five games and more games will be added as time goes on. Each card has a border, two letters, and a number. There are six borders. Some games use the various borders or this allows you to use a smaller deck while keeping the letters distributed appropriately. The letters are distributed throughout the cards with frequently used letters AEIONRS and T on the top and less frequently used letters on the bottom. A number on each card represents the number of times the less frequented letter appears throughout the deck.

The differentiation of borders, letters and numbers allows players to choose from a variety of games:

  • Wibbell: the fastest word game in the West, 10-25 minutes, 4-7 players, display two cards, players race to shout a single word containing a least one letter from each card

  • Alphabetickell: assemble an alphabetical sequence, 15-35 minutes, 2-5 players, players score points based of the number of cards they can put in alphabetical order by using a card from their hand, center table or passing

  • Faybell: a co-operative storytelling activity, 15-30 minutes, 2-5 players, players use the two letters on a card to develop a story

  • Phrasell: inventing amusing little phrases, 15-30 minutes, 5-15 players, players races to use the letters on 2 cards to invent the a four word phrase

  • Grabbell: silly, speedy recognition and slams, 2-3 minutes, 2-7 players, players each flip over one card, when turned over; all players are free to grab a card that matches one of the letters on their card

Verdict

Nonstop Tabletop would recommend this game to Word Lovers. There are variety of ways to play with this deck of cards. You can even get creative and invent your own games. While this game did have a lot of variety both with game play and number of players, the game fell a bit flat for us. All of the options were a bit overwhelming for our group. We do think this could be great in an academic setting. It would be a great way for kids to think outside the box and get the creative juices flowing.

Pros

  • Lots of game play options

  • Accommodates a large variety of player counts and ages

  • easy for newbies to learn

Cons

  • may be a bit too open ended for some groups

 

Gateway Game Score: 6/10

Overall Rating: 5/10