There are a number of card games using non-standard playing cards. One large class of such games uses letters of the alphabet rather than the ranks and suits of standard cards. In these games, the object is usually to create words in one manner or another. Word games are some of the most popular types of games for all ages, and are a great learning opportunity for both kids and adults.
Featured Word Card Games
- Baffle Gab – Baffle Gab is all about making up original and funny stories!
- Quiddler – The rules are brutal, but the rewards are worth it in this card game that works a bit like Scrabble, except with cards.
- My Word! – Fast and fun, My Word! appeals to fans of word games and party games alike!
- Parlay – An entertaining card game for those who enjoy the challenge of word games and the excitement of poker.
- Royalty – The word card game in which Scrabble meets rummy. Players form, build, and capture words that make the highest score!
- WordXchange – Stealing is legal in this award-winning game that pits you against your rivals and against the clock in an all-out battle to make and keep words.
Other Word Card Games
- Blurt! The Uproarious Word Race Game
Blurt is a hilarious, fast-paced game of rapid recall that will have both kids and adults scrambling to be the first to shout out a word based on a given definition. In the heat of the race to call out the right word, even bookworms with big vocabularies may find themselves tongue-tied. Quick! What's the word for the hair on a man's upper lip? What's the name for someone who robs ships at sea? With Blurt!, everybody plays on every turn so the pace is lightening-quick, and the things people blurt out in the heat of play are often hysterical! The first player to blurt the word moves ahead on the game board. The first player or team to circle the game board wins! In Blurt!, don't think long and hard, think fast and fun and blurt it out!
- PDQ - The Pretty Darn Quick Word Game
Get your P's and Q's in order for this lightening fast party game! Each round starts out with a different set of 3 letters. Be the first to shout out a word that contains those letters in order from left to right, or right to left, and you'll win the cards. For example, if the letters are PNA, you could shout PiNbAll, PiNeApple, or PheNomenAl. You could also yell ANteloPe, ANticiPate, or ANthroPology. Whoever wins the most cards at the end of the game is the WNR!
- Scrabble Slam! Card Game
Scrabble Slam! is wicked fast! Play starts with any word nominated by a player that has four letters in it. The word is then made up from the card-pack and spelled out on the table. After the remaining game cards have been equally distributed among all of the players, one player says "Ready, Set, Slam!" and the furious fun begins! Everybody races to change the word by covering any one of the existing letters with another letter, making a different word of four letters. For example, the word GAME can be changed to GATE, then to FATE, and then FARE, and so on. Blank cards are included and act as wild cards that can represent any letter in the alphabet. Play continues until one player gets rid of his last card. This quick and clever player then wins Scrabble Slam! Take Scrabble Slam! with you for word building fun anywhere!
- Scrabble Slam! Deluxe Card Game
Scrabble Slam! Deluxe is wicked fast! Play starts with any word nominated by a player that has four letters in it. The word is then made up from the card-pack and spelled out on the table. After the remaining game cards have been equally distributed among all of the players, one player says "Ready, Set, Slam!" and the furious fun begins! Everybody races to change the word by covering any one of the existing letters with another letter, making a different word of four letters. For example, the word GAME can be changed to GATE, then to FATE, and then FARE, and so on. Blank cards are included and act as wild cards that can represent any letter in the alphabet. Play continues until one player gets rid of his last card. This quick and clever player then wins Scrabble Slam! Scrabble Slam! Deluxe comes with a play-tray that makes sure your letters stay in place. The play-tray also has a lid for convenient storage of your Scrabble Slam! Deluxe card game.
- Smart Mouth
Smart Mouth is the quick-thinking word game where players engage in rapid-fire - and often hilarious - creative linguistics. Go head-to-head with family and friends in this fast-paced, hilarious word game! Just slide the clever Letter Getter forward then back to reveal two letter tiles. Using those two letters, you must create a word of five or more letters, beginning with the first letter tile, and ending with the second. Whoever shouts out a word first wins the tiles. When all the tiles are used up, the player with the most tiles at the end wins!
- Train of Thought
Train of Thought is a party word game where players take turns trying to get opponents to guess a particular word, giving only a 3 word clue -- and one of those words must be from a prior answer! Train of Thought can be played as a partnership or team game as well -- guess as many words as you can in 2 minutes, see if the other team can beat that! Train of Thought really makes you think differently than other games in the genre. All Aboard! This party game challenges you to stay on track. Score points by giving clues and making guesses as you and your friends ride the Train of Thought!
Tri-Virsity is a Rummy-style word card game in which each each player is dealt 10 cards and tries to score the most points by spelling words of three letters or more, in the same colorful suit. But don't think the fun stops there. Tri-Virsity will keep on entertaining you with a number of exciting and mind boggling twists like "challenges", "cards up for grabs", "wild cards", and the possibility of adding onto the beginning and/or end of other players words or your own. You can play one hand in minutes or keep score and play for hours.
- What's Gnu?
What's Gnu? It's a three-letter-word race game that spells F-U-N. The object of the game is to spell more three-letter words than the other players. Up to 36 Word-Starter cards, which have one letter provided and two blanks, are spread out for everyone to see. Players slide the clever Letter Getter to magically reveal two letter tiles. Kids then must look at these tiles and try to make three-letter words by filling in the blanks on the Word-Starter cards. The player with the most three-letter words when all the tiles run out wins. Building your vocabulary is three times more fun.
- Word Jam
Word Jam, a word and betting game for clever sultans, is a little treasure of a party game. This game utilizes five different cards; consonant, coin, style, sesame and cave card, and betting cards. Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves are in front of the cave containing fabulous treasure. "Open... Sesame! Crocodile! Admiral!" But of the magic word needed to open the cave... they remember only the consonants!
- Word Rummy Card Game
The only card game where it's legal to steal! This word game is a lot like Scrabble, except with cards instead of tiles. Build words using the letter cards in your hand. The longer the word, the more points you'll rack up. And just to keep you on your toes, players can steal your word - and your points - by adding their letters to yours to create a whole new word! It's a great new challenge for word game fanatics or those looking to sharpen their mind and build vocabulary. Game comes with 98 letter cards, score pad, and game instructions. For 2 to 4 players, ages 7 and up.
See also: Word Board Games