Scrabble, the venerable word game, is an awesome game for passing time with friends and family. The mental jousting and air of superiority of those with a bit more of a flair for vocabulary is a joy to watch, as are the sulks and angry stares as someone is humiliated over an obscure word once again. But the problem with board games is they’re not very portable, which makes this clever digital version an interesting alternative.
Scrabble Flash Cubes is an electronic version of the game which features just five tiles, which are timed to allow the player 75 seconds to produce a viable word. The tiles are programmed to sense their relative positions and when a correct word has been formed, at which point they bleep and flash the fact. It’s jolly clever and the format means that you can play solo and still have as much fun as if you were trouncing your in-laws. Comes complete with 3 games embedded on the tiles and costs $19.82.