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The new Word on the Street game review

Word on the Street board game

A new version of Word on the Street has arrived.

When we started reviewing family board games in 2009 a word game was published that we really loved – Word on the Street by Out of the Box Games.

Not being huge games of word games like Scrabble and Bananagrams, we were pleasantly surprised by Word on the Street. Since it’s a team game we especially found it to be a great party game and love playing guys vs. gals at our couples game nights.

Out of the Box Games also published Word on the Street Junior and later an expansion for the original game.

They’d also run life size versions of the game at board game conventions. They even played a humongous game of Word on the Street during halftime at a BYU football game 5 years ago.

Unfortunately, Out of the Box Games is no longer around.

Fortunately though, Educational Insights is now publishing a new version of Word on the Street!

So if you don’t yet have a copy of Word on the Street for your family you don’t have to try and track down the original game. You can get the new version and have lots of fun battling over words on the street!

Word on the Street board game

Try to get 8 letters to your side of the street.

 

How to play Word on the Street

Word on the Street board game

The tug-o-war over letters is a lot of fun.

Word on the Street is a super simple game to play. If you haven’t seen our original video review by our daughter Brooke, we’ll give you a quick rundown. If you have, you may just want to jump to the “what’s new” section below.

In Word on the Street, two teams compete to be the first to get 8 letters off their side of the game board.

On a team’s turn, they first draw a category card. Once it’s been read, the sand timer is flipped and the team has until it runs out to come up with 1 word that fits the category and to move the letters in that word one space closer to their side of the board.

All of the letters (except vowels, J, Q, X, & Z) start in the middle of the street with two lanes (spaces) on either side. For every occurrence of a letter in the chosen word, that letter moves one lane closer to the team’s side.

Once a letter is moved off of one side of the board, that team has claimed the letter and it can’t be moved again. Future words can still use that letter, it’s just that it won’t get moved any more.

The game ends as soon as one team has claimed an 8th letter. They can do whatever victory dance they’d like.

Word on the Street board game

Come up with a word to fit the category.

 

What’s new on the street?

We’re happy to report that the game play hasn’t changed at all in the latest version of Word on the Street by Educational Insights. It’s still the fun tug-of-war game over letters.

The differences are found in the components of the game.

The first thing everyone will notice is the box art.

Word on the Street board game

Old vs. New box art.

The original game box doesn’t have much flair to it. The red box would stand out on game store shelves, and the box front shows that it’s clearly a letter tile game.

The new box art gives a sillier impression of the game with cartoony visuals and lettering. The tagline, “The Hilarious Tug of Words” is unchanged, but there are also other words in speech bubbles coming out of traveling cars. The new box front is also devoid of showing tiles or letters.

The next big noticeable difference is seen as soon as you open the box.

The new Street has a big artistic change.

Word on the Street board game

Old vs. New board.

Rather than just a paved road like in the original, the new street board is full of artwork.

The letters still run down the middle of the board with two spaces on either side. But no longer are those spaces lanes of a road. Instead the roads, cars, people, signs, buildings, and other roadside attractions are all over the board.

While the new board may look fun and entertaining, we’ve found it incredibly distracting during the game.

It may be fine when you start the game since the letters are all lined up nicely in the center. But as soon as you pull letters off the center line, they get lost in the background.

Word on the Street board game

I can come up with a word, but locating the letters to move is a challenge.

Since players are up against the clock to move the letters closer to their side, trying to actually locate the letter tile in its row amidst the visual bustle can be frustrating.

The last noticeable change is the letter tiles themselves.

Word on the Street board game

Old vs. New letter tiles.

In the original game, they tiles are a nice chunky material and the letters each have a unique street sign shape around them.

In the new version, all the letter tiles are the same shape and are made of a thick cardstock. They also have color borders that match the colored lines for their row on the board. The border and grey background help a little in identifying them when looking to move them on a turn, but unfortunately it’s not enough of a visual break to combat the distraction of the background art mentioned before.

We haven’t compared category card by category card between the two versions of the game, but the categories in the new version are just as fun as the original.

Word on the Street board game

Old vs. New category cards.

 

Our final verdict

Word on the Street board game

Which version do you prefer? (Note: the letters in the same locations on both boards.)

If you haven’t guessed, we prefer the original game components over the new version. The old version may not be flashy or entertaining, but the simplicity let’s the game shine through.

However, even with our nitpicks about the new components, Word on the Street is a fantastic family game to own.

If you don’t yet have a copy of the game, we highly recommend you buy a copy today!

It’s a game that has a timeless feel to it and is simply fun to play.

You may think you’d go back to the same words for a particular category time and again once you find a great word with lots of consonants. But that’s not the case. Because inevitably the next time you get that category, you’ll be wanting to pull different letters your way. So you’ll have to come up with something else to get that darn “G” or “W” back your way. Plus, there are 432 categories in the game!

So there’s plenty of replay value and fun for under $20!




We’d like to thank Educational Insights for a review copy of the new Word on the Street.

 
 
 

Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs game review

Pass the Big Pigs game

Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs supersizes the fun.

Have you ever felt the urge to throw a pig?

That’s okay, because not many other people have either.

Regardless of whether you’ve felt that urge or not, you and your family can enjoy throwing foam pigs around in Pass the Pigs: Big Pigs!

In 1977, a game came out called Pass the Pigs where players would roll plastic pigs for points. Well, this latest iteration of the game by Winning Moves Games bumps the game up a level. Or maybe we should say 100 levels. Because these pigs look 100 times larger than the original.

The game play hasn’t changed at all, but we think the fun has.

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Is Game of Trains just Rack-O on rails?

Game of Trains card game

Game of Trains is a family card game similar to Rack-O.

Rack-O has been a favorite family card game of ours for a long time. It’s a simple game of getting your secret rack of cards in ascending numerical order while also messing with the other players’ cards to slow them down.

The Game of Trains, a new card game by Brain Games, reminds us a lot of Rack-O.

The good news is that’s Game of Trains is still different enough to deliver its own unique fun.

We’ll give you a quick rundown of how to play the game, why it’s a good family card game, as well as what we like about its uniqueness.

 
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National Boy Scout Jamboree

My home for 10 days at the Jamboree.

It’s been a couple weeks since we last posted a game review.

The reason is that Caleb and I have been at the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia for the last couple weeks.

We’ve been having a great time wearing ourselves out with so many fun activities.

We even ran into folks from North Star Games there demoing Happy Salmon. (Just can’t get away from games.)

We’re almost wrapped up and back home. The Jamboree has ended but we’re still touring historical sites with our Jamboree troop. So look forward to more reviews coming up (we have plenty in the queue).

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Problem Picnic Game Review & Giveaway

Problem Picnic board game

In Problem Picnic, you get to be the ants!

Summertime is a wonderful time to have lots of picnics.

And what would a picnic be without ants?

Well, in Problem Picnic: Attack of the Ants by Kids Table Board Gaming you get to play the part of the ants!

In the game, players are ant colonies trying to steal the best plates of food from a picnic.

The player that best organizes their collected food to meet the scoring objectives will be the best ant colony around!

With plenty of dice rolling and good collecting, Problem Picnic includes a mix of luck and strategy that’s just right for family play.

Plus, Kids Table Board Gaming is giving away a copy of Problem Picnic to a lucky reader of our review!

Problem Picnic board game

Let’s get this picnic started!

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Karuba’s game insert even speeds up play

Karuba board game

A fun family game gets organized.

It’s time to put another game insert from Insert Here to the test.

You may already know we’re fans of foam core game inserts. Not only do they keep the game components nicely organized, they’re also very light. So there’s hardly any added weight to the game box.

It’s even better when the game insert itself helps the game function more smoothly.

Well, that’s what Rob Searing (Insert Here) has done with the custom game insert for Karuba!

Not only does the insert keep the components organized for each player, it also has a slider that keeps the game tiles upright while playing!

Check out our video review of the Karuba game insert from Insert Here to see it in action.

If you’re unfamiliar with Karuba, you can check out our video review of Karuba here.

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Best Games of 2016! – The Dice Tower Awards

The Dice Tower Awards 2015

The Best Games of 2016 were just announced!

The best board games, card games, dice games, family games, and party games of 2016 have now been awarded!

The Dice Tower just announced the winners of the Dice Tower Awards — the annual crowing of the best board games published.

With thousands of new games published each year, there’s never a shortage of great new board games to play.

Close to 100 top board game reviewers, podcasters, and industry contributors from around the world participated in the nomination and voting process.

Without further ado, here are The Dice Tower Award Winners for 2016:

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4 Fun Games for the 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

4th of July

Happy 4th of July America!

Today, Americans all over the world are celebrating Independence Day.

We celebrate with family as we gather around barbecue grills with hamburgers and hot dogs and lots of trimmings on the side.

And hopefully we take some time to reflect on what the 4th of July, our Independence Day, means. It means big sacrifices by many brave men, women, and children. It means freedoms along with responsibilities to one another. It also means we have a lot to live up to.

It’s not always pretty, but we appreciate the history that’s brought us to where we are today. And as a family, we also appreciate our heritage and ancestors who sought and fought for what we now enjoy.

So we proudly say, Happy 4th of July!

If you’re gathering with family and friends today, here are our 4 top board game, card game, and party game suggestions for the 4th of July.

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