Letter Jam board game
Letter Jam board game

Letter Jam

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Overall Rank: #987 | Trending Rank: #564

Letter Jam is a 2-6 player cooperative word game where players assist each other in composing meaningful words from letters around the table. The trick is holding the letter card so that it’s only visible to other players and not to you.

At the start of the game, each player receives a set of face-down letter cards that can be arranged to form an existing word. The setup can be prepared by using a special card scanning app, or by players selecting words for each other. Each player then puts their first card in their stand facing the other players without looking at it, and the game begins.

The game is played in turns. Each turn, players simultaneously search other players’ letters to see what words they can spell out (telling the others the length of the word they can make up). The player who offers the longest word can then be chosen as the clue giver.

The clue giver spells out their clue by putting numbered tokens in front of the other players. Number one goes to the player whose letter comes first in the clue, number two to the second letter etc. They can always use a wild card which can be any letter, but they cannot tell others which letter it represents.

Each player with a numbered token (or tokens) in front of them then tries to figure out what their letter is. If they do, they place the card face down before revealing the next letter. At the end of the game, players can then rearrange the cards to try to form an existing word. All players then reveal their cards to see if they were successful or not. The more players who have an existing word in front of them, the bigger their common success.

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User Ratings & Reviews

  • The most fun I've had from a word game, but still just a word game.
  • I'm not a huge fan of coop games, but this one is very cool. Its got built in rules that prevent 1 or 2 people from completely running the show and telling everyone what to do (which I really despise). The mechanics are pretty intuitive and I've always had a good time playing with folks.
  • Gifted to Mom!
  • The scores I assign games are primarily based on simply how much fun I had playing them. My experience with this game was incredibly negative. While Letter Jam seems like a well designed letter spelling/vocabulary game, think co-operative scrabble with an extremely convoluted theme and deduction elements, I generally find these styles of types of games legitimately unpleasant and unnerving to play. Letter Jam provides players with approximately 7 random letters to jumbling around into a word. While I feel my vocabulary is above average, I found I had FAR less aptitude constructing words with our limited letter set than everyone else at the table. Although a lack of vowels certainly contributed to my difficulty in word building, I know letter puzzles are something I generally struggle with. While being unskilled at game rarely determines my enjoyment at the table, I found my shortcomings caused me a lot of stress, analysis paralysis, and generally meant I was an unhelpful teammate. If you dislike spelling or letter puzzles, avoid this game like the plague!Side note: This game is completely miscategorized as a party game. If a games like werewolf and taboo are your baselines for what a party games play like, you'll find Letter Jam shares very few characteristics with those aforementioned games. Letter Jam has the pace and brain burn of a complex euro game puzzle. Letter Jam doesn't provide emergent discussion points and is a largely silent, thoughtful affair. While the mental gymnastics of repositioning letters to form a word may be intellectually stimulating, this game is a far-cry from being described as explosive fun.
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The one "must have" game he has listed is #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated. The next tier, "Love to Have" has just #Orleans: Stories and #Letter Jam. Also weird I've noticed since getting all these excellent suggestions he doesn't seem to own any of them. You'd think he would...shrug

Finally played a proper game of #Letter Jam, further confirming I don't like word games. Also played our 8th game of #Charterstone, loving it, but some of the rules could be clearer


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