The Bottom Line
- Great game for the whole family
- Exercises the brain
- Increases vocabulary
- Improves spelling
- A playing mat would improve the game
- Scoring needs upgrading
- Packaging could be improved
- Scrabble-like crossword game
- 1-12 players
- Ages 9 and up
Guide Review - Syzygy - The Word Game
While the game's producer encourages "freedom and creativity in playing the game", I think basic scoring rules could be included such as, points for longest word, least number of two-letter words, most number of uncommon letters. Also, player's configurations became strung out and began to run into each other. Definitely, a very large playing area is necessary even with 2-4 players. There was also a slight annoyance in keeping tiles aligned within the grids. I would suggest that each player is provided with a 15 x 15 grid printed on a mat (much like a place mat). This would not only help maintain the alignment of the tiles but it would also limit each player to a certain area thereby increasing the challenge.
Also the packaging is excessive. The box is big enough for two games (for "shelf presence", no doubt) and I'd suggest putting the tiles in a bag which would be much more user-friendly than the current plastic box. Final word: High play value.