UPDATE: As of 2017 Typecrush is no longer available for sale new.
I love word games, they are my absolute favorite genre of game and have been since I learned how to read.
I was so excited to have the opportunity to review Typecrush, unreasonably excited really. When the game arrived the first thing I noticed is it’s appearance, it’s adorable. I love the color scheme and the metal storage container is brilliant!
The idea behind Typecrush is letter frequency. Some letters appear more in English words than others; for instance, you’re much more likely to see an L in this post than a Q. Typecrush takes the principle of letter frequency and turns it into a fun word guessing game.
Player 1 silently chooses a word, find the letters to spell the word, and places them face-down on the table.
Using the letter frequency charts provided the other players take turn guessing letters. Player 1 turns over correctly guessed letters.
The first player to guess the word, wins!
My children and I were not disappointed in this game. It’s rare when a game can capture the interest of our teenagers and our younger kids at the same time, Typecrush did just that. You can adjust the game play to match the skill of the players, from the newest reader (Mr. Giggles!) to the man who is employed as an editor (his dad!)
I absolutely love this statement on the Typecrush webpage: “There’s only one rule in Typecrush—whoever solves the word first gets to choose the next word. That’s it. If you’d like more rules—you’re free to make up your own. Typecrush is about communication and connection more than keeping score…”
Typecrush is open-ended. In addition to the directions that come with the game, there are a lot of ways to use the tiles in other ways.
Use Typecrush tiles to create a word building game. Player 1 builds a word, remaining players use those letters to build additional words. This is more challenging than it looks, especially if you don’t allow tile stacking!
Use Typecrush tiles to practice spelling words! My 8 year old son came up with this idea and it’s the best method of spelling review that we’ve found.
Use Typecrush tiles to play that tv game show that rhymes with “Meal of Hortune”! This is an especially great way to play when you have older children who need a little extra challenge.
Typecrush can be used with any level reader. My youngest child is a new reader and he really enjoyed coming up with words for us to guess, and he was able to guess words with a little bit of help. Conversely, my husband and I enjoyed playing with the most difficult words we could think of.
Number of players: 2 or more
Recommended ages: 7 & up
Reading level required: Beginner
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.