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Ideal A to Z Electronic Game

Ideal A to Z Electronic Game

Spring 2015 Games
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: ALEX BRANDS
Price: $37.50

If you like to think-fast and shout out your answers, this game is for you. Players race against the clock and opponents to be the first to answer and turn off the letters on the game board. Reminiscent of a cross between the games "Perfection" (because of the timer aspect) and "Catch Phrase" with the quick-thinking word game aspect, A to Z had us all yelling and scrambling to think of words in each category. How many things can you name that are orange? How many MLB teams can you name? What about things that smell?

Up to four players can play at once, and the game remembers everyone's "score" by keeping track of the letters pressed. The first person presses their number (1), and the game picks a number corresponding to one of four challenge categories listed on category card. The second player reads the category, and the first player has to think of as many words as possible in that category, pressing the first letter for each word he thinks of - which turns off the light for that letter. Once any player presses/turns off their last letter, they win the game. The catch is, any player may be given the instruction to "steal" an opponent's letter, or get a "free" turn. Stealing consists of playing the game, but instead of pressing your own buttons, you get to turn on your opponent's buttons by thinking up corresponding words. The "free" turn lets a player turn off a letter they don't think will be easy to think of words (for instance Q, X, Y, and Z are usually difficult.) Never the same twice, this game has already provided hours of fun and laughter.

Melissa Strunc   ©2015 Parents' Choice

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