Type Crush is a One Rule Game
Typecrush is THE game for those who really dislike reading pages of rules when they start playing a new game. There is only ONE rule in Type Crush:
“There’s only one rule in Typecrush – whoever solves the word first gets to choose the next word.”
How can that be the only rule? The goal is to guess the hidden word using a letter frequency chart. You can make up more rules to suit your needs:
“If you’d like more rules – you’re free to make up your own. Typecrush is about communication and connection more than keeping score, so feel free to give a hint or turn over a letter if a player asks.”
I must admit this confused me a bit at first. I’m one of those people that likes rules and likes knowing how things are going to go. With the help of my games night buddies we came up with a way to play this.
This is the set-up we used:
We put one of the frequency charts (more on that later) in the middle, put the piles of coloured tiles surrounding it and to the left is where we put the tiles we were currently using for that round. I kept the container the game came in there just for the photo. You don’t need it.
How We Played
So one person thinks of a word (we used 4-5 letter words but you can go shorter or longer as you see fit.) The frequency chart shows the letters of the alphabet according to how frequently they appear in words in the English language. The top ones in blue are used the most frequently. The words in brown on the bottom are used the least. So I thought of a word and using the color coding help, found the tiles I needed to spell my word. You lay out your tiles so others can see. Make sure they know which is the start and which is the finish.
Everyone except for the one who knows the word, studies the chart and tries to figure out what the word is based on the chart and colors used and in what order.
For example in the above picture, my mother eventually figured out that with those three in a row of the same colour, she had to find three letters in the yellow row that made a known word ending. She wasn’t sure till she remembered you can have more than one of the same letter and it occurred to her that PPY is a possibility and she thought of happy. She checked the chart and saw that H is in the purple row and a is in the blue and guess Happy. She was right.
When on one word, everyone was stuck, as asked for a letter to be flipped over as a hint. Once that was done, we were able to narrow it down further. One thing to keep in mind, if a player is not good at spelling, they need to pick a word they KNOW they spell correctly so others can guess it.
Variation for Children
We figured out that we could play with a group of kids we might just play like hangman and guess a letter and if it’s right, turn it over. You could use simple words that your child is learning in school right now to help build their vocabulary.
The game suggests you might want to play with themes by choosing one ahead of time and having all words fit under that theme. This would be a fun way to use the game for holidays (use words that fit that holiday) or for homeschoolers to build vocabulary on whatever topic they are currently learning about. You could use types of animals, celebrity names etc.
Typecrush is a fun game and in a nice compact container, is easy to bring along with you. It’s fun for adults who love word games and can be used with children too in various ways. You don’t have to play the way we did, make it up. Check out the Typecrush website to find out how to buy or to connect with them on Social Media.
Even babies love Typecrush!
Disclosure: I received the product in exchange for a post.