Word Rummy is a re-introduction of a classic game that today's kids
will certainly enjoy. Their parents and caregivers will find plenty
to like in the card game as well--it's brimming with educational
Players are dealt letter cards, and they create words
(3-letter words or more) from their hand. Because opponents can
"steal" their words by adding letters to them, kids quickly learn to
create words that are complicated enough to keep as their own.
Players keep building (and stealing) words until the draw pile is
gone. By the end of the game, children will have accumulated a nice
stockpile of words. These words are tallied up, and the player with
the most points wins.
The educational value of the game quickly became clear as our kid
testers played their first game of Word Rummy. One child built the
word "rate". Another child stole the word by adding an "O" to the
beginning of the word, to create "orate"--very clever! The first
child later retaliated by adding "DEC" to "orate", and then was able
to keep the new word "decorate" until the end of the game.
This is the type of game that is simple enough to jump right
into, yet its sophistication on an educational level makes it
popular with caregivers as well as kids. Because it's not easy to
create words with individual letters in a card hand, kids should be
approximately 7 or 8 and older in order to fully enjoy the game.
For more information, user reviews, or to buy: Word Rummy
Reviewed: May 2005