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Tapple® 10 The Flip It, Name It, Word Game!

Tapple® 10 The Flip It, Name It, Word Game!

Fall 2016 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: USAopoly
Price: $9.95

Tapple 10 is a 10-in-one word-game package, complete with plastic travel case, a sand timer and 80 round, double-sided cards with a large letter on one side and color-coded categories on the other.

The basic "Tapple 10 Alpha" game starts by drawing a card to show the letter side, then matching the letter's color to a color-coded category on the next card. First player to yell out a word that starts with that letter and fits the category wins that card. So, a red "E" card is drawn and the red category on the next card is "On the Internet." First one to say "email," or "emoji," or another "e" word related to the internet takes that card. Play immediately continues with new card, and so on and so on, until the player who collects 10 cards wins.

The nine other games are variations. In "Four in a Row," for instance, players take turns lining up four drawn category cards, turning on the timer, flipping a letter card and shouting out words starting with that letter to match the color category on each of the four cards. In "Last Man Standing," cards are stacked with category side up. First player turns a letter card and must shout out a correct word; then the next player must say a different correct word, and on and on, until the player who blanks is out. Games continues with new cards until only one player remains.

You get the idea. Tapple 10 is a bunch of rapid-fire, really fun word teasing games that require think-fast skills. Small package; big payoff.

Don Oldenburg   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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