The Kiwi Version Of Scrabble Is Here And It’s Awesome | Kids Review

Playing board games with the family is about as Kiwi as it gets so to celebrate The Warehouse Toy Month happening 27th June – 21st July, we gave one of our resident Junior Toy Analysts the task of reviewing the Kiwi Scrabble board game.

Meet Emma, our Junior Toy Analyst

EmmaAge: 11 years old

Favourite colour: Rose Gold

Favourite food: Hot chips and chocolate

Favourite toy: Anything LOL

Emma is a 11-year old intrepid traveler who loves having adventures with her family and making up fun games to play with her friends. Her favourite toys are LOL’s and she loves giving forever homes to the FurReal Friends range. She enjoys using her imagination to play with miniature toys and has a big heart for animals of the real and toy variety.

A bit about the game

Kiwi Scrabble™ board game is just like the classic brain-teasing word game, but features a twist designed especially for the Kiwis. Using the slang one can only learn by being a proud New Zealander.

Just like classic Scrabble™, players earn points by forming interlocking words, cross-word fashion, using letter tiles with various score values. In a fun twist, the specially designed Kiwi Scrabble™ game board features “YEAH NAH” spaces — if a player forms a word crossing one or more of these, they’ll get to draw a “YEAH NAH” card that offers an advantage over their opponents.

Also included is a Kiwi Word List, displaying heaps of Kiwi-specific slang and definitions to help you get creative with your word play. Play any word on this list to earn extra points that could help you win the game! Includes game board, 100 letter tiles, 36 cards, 4 racks, cotton tile pouch (Which is Black only for the Kiwis), word list and rule book. This fun family game is great for 2 to 4 players, 10 years old and up.

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Emma’s parents have continued a tradition that they had growing up which is Sunday is for family time. In Emma’s home, that means going for walks, checking out local events and creating memories through play. Somewhat champions when it comes to board games, Emma, her brother Caleb and her parents have a a few go-to family favourites and after testing out Kiwi Scrabble, they’ve added it into their rotation of must-play games.

How did Kiwi Scrabble fair?

Simply put, it was a massive hit! A fun twist on your classic game, you can earn massive points on some of your favourite Kiwi slang words such as ‘sweet as’, ‘cuzzy’, ‘chur’ and more! The handy book of slang words added a few extra laughs to their game night and as the competition turned up, Emma’s mum reports that everyone was in good spirits and having a blast!

Emma’s rating: 5 stars

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  1. Alezandra 02/08/2019 at 10:39 pm

    I saw this advertisement too and it was a funny one. My husband and I are great fans of scrabble that we even have the pocket size version for travel. This version is probably not for us though as we don’t really know much of the Kiwisms but the Yeah Nah sounds like a cool one to try out though.

  2. MuddledUpMolly 30/07/2019 at 9:58 pm

    Haha I had seen this game advertised but didn’t realise what it involved! I know for a fact that Master 9 and my hubby would love to play so we may have to look into buying it for a family game now that we know what is involved 🙂

  3. candyjanenz 26/07/2019 at 4:38 pm

    I love Scrabble and it is a great way for everyone to learn as well. My favourite game would have to be Monopoly, although I have not played the Kiwi version, which I think would be great.

  4. SarahBlair 22/07/2019 at 4:26 pm

    This looks like it would be hilarious to play! I love that it has a Kiwi twist and that our kiwi slang gives you high points! This would provide heaps of fun for my family!

  5. Shorrty4life1 18/07/2019 at 8:05 pm

    This sounds awesome with the yeah nah parts and churrr haha that’s so new Zealandish but I have to say I really loved just the normal original game of scrabble. My favourite board game would have to be snakes and ladders. I hadn’t played it in so long then the other day we were visiting my dad and he pulled out snakes and ladders it was a huge hit.

  6. Micht 17/07/2019 at 1:16 am

    Being someone from another country, its pretty cool having a game that uses kiwi slang, my kids probably already know most of them but this would help me learn the rest… we do try and play boardgames at home every now and again but have not managed to make it a habit just yet although i do believe spending time with each other like this has great benefits… we do love a good competitive game… i will admit.

  7. Mands1980 16/07/2019 at 7:54 am

    This sounds great and good for learning new words as well which my kids struggle to do. I love board games as it gets the kids of iPads and watching tv and it’s fun to play and they actually look forward to playing the game once they know how to play the game. Our kids love Monopoly the kids edition although they get real competitive and can argue.

  8. Bevik1971 12/07/2019 at 10:23 am

    This looks great! My 6 year old has been showing interest in Scrabble recently actually – we have our local Cafe which has lots of games and things you can use while there and she loves bringing out the Scrabble and cards. I will definitely look at buying this Kiwi Scrabble 🙂 Her class at school recently got Headbandz Kids and she really likes it, so will look at getting that too, oh and Jenga would be great 🙂

  9. Jen_Wiig 08/07/2019 at 9:50 pm

    How cool!! This is now on the must have games list for the year, we have a family Friday games night here every week without fail and though we still love the games we have introduction to a new game especially being kiwi based is always a double buzz for us. Our fav game at the moment is Monopoly Cheat edition , I’m obbessed with Monopoly and where money allows will buy whatever version I can get my hands on and the themed ones too. We are quite a competitive family too so love games like charades, headbanz and the 5 second rule are all favs here as well. Board games in general are so much fun and allow for that togetherness and family time we often neglect due to time constraints and busy lifestyle…makes great memories too.

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