Close search results
Close search results


Play YouTube video

Play OverviewPlay Overview

Scrabble (1948) is a brain game where you strategically place letters on a grid to maximise your score. You play by arranging your seven Letter tiles into words, which are then fitted onto words already on the board. It is part vocabulary test, part visual puzzle where you have to squeeze out every last possible point from your available letters.

You play by sequencing Letter tiles, which each have a different point allocation depending on their rarity, into words and fit them horizontally or vertically into other words on the board. The twist is that certain squares offer bonus points for the letter or word placed over them.

As you play, space on the board is used up and access to higher-scoring bonuses becomes available. It becomes a bit of a race to use these multipliers and then find increasingly clever ways to squeeze more words from your letters. Being good at adapting and changing words ensures you score the highest possible points. When all the tiles have been used up, the player with the most points wins.

What starts as an enjoyable challenge of finding words from the letters that you receive, quickly becomes a strategic battle for space where often brilliant words go unrewarded and sneaky one-letter adaptations score big points. This is a classic word game which develops both the player's vocabulary and their ability to fight ruthlessly for victory.

Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Scrabble 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
There are lots of games similar to Scrabble. Here are some we picked for you:

Play StylePlay Style

This is a Brain Game and Sequencing game with Puzzle and Strategy elements. You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room. Best with 2 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. Although creating and adding words to the board is simple, scoring is much more complex and you need to understand both how each letter is scored and how the bonuses are awarded.

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 1 and a half hours to complete. This can be a very long game, if you wish to shorten it, then consider setting an agreed time limit per turn.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have a wide enough vocabulary to be able to sequence the Letter tiles into words. They also need to be patient, as this is a long game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
Since being published, over 200 different versions of this game have been created. These include different language versions and many different versions to tie in with other media such as films and tv. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/1948

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Brain Game, Sequencing (Puzzle and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Bag and Placeables

Developer: Mattel (@Mattel)

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

Subscribe to our free newsletter

Carina Initiatives
Contact Us