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Boggle Rules: How Do You Play Boggle?

Boggle Overview

Boggle is a Hasbro word game that requires 16 letter cubes, the cube grid with dome, and a 3-minute sand timer, all of which should be included with your game.

The game requires a minimum of two players with no maximum. It is recommended for ages 8 and up.

The goal of the game is have the highest point total. To gain points, players must create words from the randomly assorted letters in the cube grid. The longer the word, the higher the point value of the word, according to Boggle rules.

Boggle Gameplay

Each person must have paper and pencil. Ensure all 16 letter cubes are present in the cube grid. Cover the grid with the dome and shake the cubes. When you are satisfied the cubes have been mixed thoroughly, turn the grid and dome right-side up and gently shake the cubes into place, ensure all cubes have one side face up. Start the timer at the same time the dome is removed from the grid.

Game play should be silent, and each player should be creating his or her own words on his or her own paper. Ensure that your paper cannot be seen by the other players.

Words should be created by using adjoining letters – the letters must touch each other – and must be able to connect to each other in the proper sequence to spell the word correctly. The letters may join in any direction – horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. This means that the letters can be above or below, side by side, or touching corners. Words can be spelled in any direction, including backwards.

You may not use a letter cube multiple times in a single word. Any word found in a standard English dictionary is permissible, so long as it is not a proper noun (i.e.. you cannot use names of people or places).

When the timer runs out, players must stop writing words. Players take turns reading the words they have made, and all players cross matching words off their list. Only words that no other player created are scored.

Scoring and Winning

No. of Letters | Points per Word
3       |        1
4       |        1
5       |        2
6       |        3
7       |        5
8+    |        11

Tips for Game Play

Multiple meanings of the same word do not earn multiple points.

Variations of spelling for a word (even if it does not change the meaning) are counted as individual words. If you are able to create both words, ensure you write down both variations. In the same manner, plural and singular words are separate, and should both be written and scored if they can be created.

The “Qu” cube counts as two letters. Common words will likely be found by all players, but that does not mean you should not write it down.

Boggle rules may seem complicated, but you’ll get the hang of it after a round.

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