Jumbulaya Word Jumble Board Game (2-4 players)
The rearranging, ever changing, word jumble game!
Flex your word dexterity with Jumbulaya: The Word Jumble Board Game. Unlike traditional word games where letters can only be added to existing words, Jumbulaya allows you to trade, add, and shuffle letters to create new words.
The Jumbulaya board consists of nine horizontal rows in which you will try to build words of increasing length. All the while, you are in search of a "Jumbulaya" (a word 7-9 tiles in length that is spelled vertically).
Jumbulaya is a 2-4 player game designed for ages 13+.
Features & specs
- Contents: Game board, four tile trays, 100 letter tiles
- Contents: 2-minute timer, 36 line markers, tile bag
- Ages 13+
- 2-4 players
You don't have to be a spelling wizard to enjoy Jumbulaya!
Jumbulaya is a unique twist on classic word games like Scrabble. Instead of simply adding letters, Jumbulaya expands word-creation possibility by allowing shuffling, adding, and trading of letters.
To commence play, you randomly place 27 tiles down the center three columns of the board. You also randomly grab five letter tiles from the tile bag and put them on your tile tray. Now, the fun begins!
Create words (horizontally) and claim that line
The Jumbulaya game board features nine horizontal lines. Your goal each turn is to create a new word on one of those nine lines.
If you're successful, you "claim" that line and put one of your colored markers (which correspond to the color of your tile tray) to the left of that line.
The simplest way to create a word is to shuffle the existing letters in the line. Below, we shuffled "RAT" to create "TAR", and claimed the line.
Use letters from your tile tray to create new words
You may use up to two letters from your tile tray to create a new word. Below, we added "S" and "K" to turn "TAR" into "STARK". We then grabbed two more tiles from the tile bag. You must always keep five tiles on your tray.
Please note that any line can be claimed (even if already claimed by an opponent) by creating a new word on that line.
Swap tiles to claim a line
A great strategy for claiming a line is to replace letters in a word with those from your tray.
In the example below, we replaced the last two letters in "STARK" to create "STAMP". The "R" and "K" are now in our tile tray.
Merge a trade and a shuffle
Swap out two tiles and then shuffle the letters to turn "STAMP" into "MARKS". Now we're getting tricky!
Go crazy with the trade-shuffle-add combo
If you combine all three possible "maneuvers", you can perform quite the change to an existing line.
Below, we transformed "MARKS" into "TRACKS" by trading out the "M", adding "C" and "T", and then shuffling. This is the brain-twisting part of the game that makes it fun.
Also, the longer the word, the more points you'll earn for that claimed line when the game ends.
Two-minute timer keeps the game moving
Yes, board games like chess can be mentally challenging. They can also be excruciating when playing against someone who "strategizes" for ten minutes between turns.
In Jumbulaya, a player has only two minutes to complete their turn.
Search for a "Jumbulaya" to end the game
There are several ways to end a game of Jumbulaya, but the most common is to identify a "Jumbulaya".
This is a word that is at least seven tiles long and is formed vertically, in sequential order, from the top of the board to the bottom. You can only use one tile per line, but in the case of a 7-tile or 8-tile word, rows can be skipped.
Below, we formed the word "CURIOUSLY". This is a 9-tile "Jumbulaya" which ends the game. Players then total up their points for each claimed line -- the longer the word, the more points earned. Bonus points are awarded to the genius who spotted the "Jumbulaya".
Form a 10-tile word, taunt your opponents
Creating a ten-tile word in Jumbulaya is like spotting a three-legged cat. It's rare and exhilarating. It's also the equivalent of spotting a "Jumbulaya" in that it automatically ends the game.
You can also win by claiming all nine lines
If you man-handle your opponents and somehow end up claiming all nine lines, you automatically win the game. You also earn the right to verbally disparage them for at least 15-20 minutes.
Strategic and challenging word game for 2-4 players
Jumbulaya is designed for 2-4 players ages 13 and up.
We love Jumbulaya because every turn can drastically change the complexion of the game. Unlike other word games where you simply build off of words that are fixed to the board, Jumbulaya constantly changes and evolves with each move.
While the tiles you pull from the tile bag are important, they aren't your only source of "help". You must always be looking for trades you can make on the board to build longer words, claim more lines, and seek out a "Jumbulaya".
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