If your looking for something new to spice up family game night you probably want to check out the Jabuka! It’s a creative twist on classic word-building games, quite literally turning them upside down. It shares some similarities with Scrabble, Bananagrams and Boggle but it’s added slice of letter twisting mayhem can keep kids engaged and excited throughout the game play as they master spelling and language.
Jabuka game inventor, designer and artist, Martin Russocki, invented the game one day in a coffee shop. As he held a coffee bean in his hand and considered the historical connection between games and coffee. He sketched his initial “M” on a coffee bean. He twisted it sideways then upside down and watched in amazement as the “M” magically transformed into an “E” and a “W.” Soon after, his totally twisted alphabet, and Jabuka was born!
We tried out the game recently and found it very easy to learn and fun to master, it’s a competitive style game that keeps players thinking on their toes as they try to outsmart each other. The gameplay is very quick as there are no actual turns. Instead players race to find words, shouting them out and ‘stealing’ other players’ words by rearranging letters and actually twisting some letters upside down to make new ones.
Spelling, Letter Recognition, Quick & Creative Thinking, Vocabulary Building, Competitive Social Skills
2-8 players / 1-on-1 or in teams
100 dark beans + 8 light-coloured, blank beans