Title Scrabble Deluxe Publisher Leisure Genius/Virgin (1984-1991) ['Board Genius' Compilation - Beau Jolly (1991)] Game Type Strategy (Board Game) Players 1-4 HD Installable No Compatibility All Amigas (disable caches) Submission Dennis Smith Profiled Reviewer Review Scrabble is far and away the most famous word-based board game, in which opponents take turns at placing letter-tiles on to the board to make words. One scores points based on the individual scores for the letters used and on 'premium' squares on the board which may double or triple the score of the letters or words which are placed over them. Against human opponents, the game is a faithful rendition of the board game, the only real advantages being the built-in dictionary (though this is a mixed blessing), timer and automatic scoring. The main disadvantage is the inability to move the letters about on your rack - you can jumble them randomly, but there's no way to shuffle them manually. Against the computer, the game is more worthwhile, providing lonely Scrabble-fans with up to three computer antagonists with eight different skill levels, the first being pathetically easy to beat, the eighth being fully conversant with all of the oddest of the words in the dictionary. The dictionary is less than perfect, however, and you'll likely find yourself having to confirm once or twice a game that ordinary words (such as 'guild' and 'safety') really exist, even though it doesn't bat its electronic eyelids at Scrabble favourites like 'zo' and 'ee'. Furthermore it leads to the computer playing one or two words that you won't find in any dictionary and you can't challenge it; can someone explain to me what 'dones' means, for example? Apart from these minor quirks, it does provide a worthy opponent at the higher skill levels, though it lacks long-term strategy, which leads to a tendency for the board to become cluttered with little words, no space to branch out with longer words. There is a more recent updated version, which comes better recommended if you can find it - one with the entire contents of 'Official Scrabble Words' (the list of all allowable words at the highest UK competition levels) as its dictionary, eliminating most of the older version's problems.