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!
- 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!
- Unspeakable Words
Eldritch...Azathoth...Gibbous...Disembowel...Unspeakable Words is a devious word game that will eat away at your sanity! In this Call of Cthulhu game, you will use your hand of cards to form words to score, based on the number of angles in the word. Every misstep could cost you as you test the strength of your mind against each word's point value. As you step closer and closer to madness, can you keep your sanity long enough to score 100 in this hideously delightful word game?
- 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!
See also: Word Board Games