A To Z Gameby Cora Malone
The goal of the game is to cover all the letters on your Letter Board. You do this by rolling the Timer Die to see how many seconds (15 or 30) you have to call out your answers and setting the Timer accordingly. You can also roll a hand symbol which allows you to take chips from your opponent's board, or a circle symbol, which allows you to place a chip on any letter on your own board. This provides a perfect opportunity to cover Q, X or Z. Rolling the Number Die determines which question on the Category Card corresponds with your roll. If your category was "Things found in a closet", and you answered "shoes and coats", then you would place a chip on the letters S and C.
When we first got this game, I thought it would be a lot of fun to play with our 8 year old daughter. Well, I was in for a bit of a letdown. Many of the questions were far too difficult for any 8 year old I know (name European leaders, famous painters, foreign newspapers). Even some adults would be hard pressed to name famous theaters or opera halls in 15 seconds. The only one I could come up with was the "Pussycat Theater" and we all know that wasn't right. The game becomes a little frustrating, because even when the questions are simple (name different kinds of nuts), you can't always use your answers because the more common letters were already covered in previous rounds. You find yourself hoping for a question on musical instruments, so you can cover your X. Of course, this is where the circle symbol on the die would come in handy, believe me, I came to love that circle symbol! My daughter wasn't a fan of the timer, because it was very loud and would flip up when time was up. She became so focused on the timer that she couldn't concentrate on her answers. We ended up just using my watch to time ourselves, allowing us to focus on the game. All in all, not a bad game, but I wouldn't recommend it for 8 year olds.