Wordwild - A game for 2-5 Wordaholics

A word association for 2-5 wordaholics age 8 and up by Andrea Meyer

Artwork: Sebastian Wagner
Playing time: ca. 30-45 minutes
Price: 9.90 EUR plus package and postage. Click here for your order.
1. edition (1500 copies, October 2005)

You like Scrabble, but you think it is boring to wait while the others take their turn?
You think games like Speed and Ligretto are a blast, but you cannot stand these symbols and numbers any longer?
You love Taboo, but you would finally like to say all those Taboo-words aloud?

Welcome to WORDWILD!

"A word that starts with c... and ends with ...r? Sure, "clever"! Ha! So, let me flip the round indicator to yellow, pass me the tin box, pleaaaaaase! Darn, now I grabbed far too many speed cards! .... What, "Caesar"? What do you mean? Oh, you mean for the topic "Ancient Egypt, B.C."? Why did I start sorting the speed cards in the first place? Damn it!"

The game:

2-5 players simultaneously try to collect the most spells. Who is fastest in finding words that start with a word beginning on one card and end with a word ending on another, has good chances to win the speed scoring ... but maybe he'll totally fail in the thematic scoring! Shall I concentrate on speed or topics? What do the others do? Oh my, my piece on that topic card is really in danger ... each round is new, each round is different, each round is wordwild!

The optimal number of players is approximately 3.73.
However, the special rule for 2 players transfers the suspense of games with more players 1:1 to the two-player game. If you are playing with five players, everybody should have played the game before and all five should be similarly good at it. But then Wordwild gets really WILD!


200 word cards, 100 each in German and English,
24 topic cards,
35 wooden pieces,
1 red and yellow round indicator
German rules of the game (English-language rules are available here soon)
Wordwild comes in a silvery, non-shrink-wrapped tin box.

Special thanks go to
Hartmut Kommerell, Claudia Fischer, Uta Schäfer, and Dale Yu for their support in writing the rules.

Comments and reviews:

Please also check out the comments at Boardgamegeek.

Rick Thornquist writes:

[...] This part of the game is timed and there's a neat way this is done. The player who got the first word doesn't guess in this part of the round - he actually is the timer. He takes a bunch of cards and has to sort them in alphabetical order. Once he's finished, he calls stop and the round is over. I thought that was very original.
We only played a few turns but I was pretty much able to get the idea. It's basically a fun, light word game. I liked it."