Sometimes the best way to discover a new game is to look for suggestions around one you already love or play. With Scrabble being one of the top-selling games of all time, we wanted to put together a list of other games like Scrabble you should know about. They aren’t necessarily word-building games using one letter at a time, but they're definitely worth checking out.
Many of these top suggestions came from our Underdog Games community on Facebook. Be sure to follow us—we’d love to have your ideas as well.
This is a great game for both two players or teams. You race to come up with words that fit into specific category cards. The first person or team to claim eight letter tiles wins. It’s simple to learn and quick to play. Plus, it’s a good way to build vocabulary for kids. Ages 10 and up.
2. Just One
This game challenges you to discover mystery words from clues given by fellow players. There’s a catch though—duplicate clues cancel one another out, so you have to be creative. This game for ages 8 and up is a great cooperative game you can play again and again.
This fast-paced word game is a family favorite, especially for traveling or when you’re tight on space. You’re racing against other places to build words and be the first to use all your letters. Everything fits in the colorful little banana, and it’s good for ages 7 and up.
Boggle has been around since the 1970s, and it’s still a favorite for many of us who love words. Essentially, it’s a creative take on word searches. Shake up the letters, and then see how many words you can spot before the time is up. You are competing against other players, so you want to find words that others won’t see. You could even play solo and try to beat your own score. For ages 8 and up. Tip—regular Boggle is fine but Big Boggle is better .
5. Code Names
You’re not spelling or building words with code names, but it still deserves a nod on this list. Players compete with spymasters, giving one-word clues pointing to multiple words on the board. All the while, you’re trying to avoid the assassin. It’s perfect for wannabe spies and those who like a good mystery. Recommended for ages 14 and up.
With Upwords, you can (and want) to stack your letters from one word to the next. It’s probably the most like Scrabble on this list, allowing you to score in even more ways. It’s a great way to work on developing vocabulary, spelling, and just being creative. Ages 8 and up.
This game is a mix of word-building and deck-building. With each hand, you try to form new words and acquire more powerful letters. You’ll also earn bonus opportunities along the way like double letter scores or drawing more cards. It really stretches your strategy skills while embracing a love of books. Ages 8 and up.
8. Blank Slate
This is like the modern day version of the classic Match Game. You try to predict what others are thinking and what they’ll say by writing a word that completes a phrase on a small dry erase board. You score points for matching with others, so you want to choose your answer carefully. Great for groups; ages 8 and up.
In addition, here are a few honorable mentions worth rounding out this list. These are all additional suggestions that came from our team at Underdog Games and our community. If you have another word game you love, please send us a message on social media!