When we have been doing demonstrations of Numenko these are a few of the comments that we frequently hear.
“Is it Scrabble with numbers?”
“Is it a Scrabble type of maths game?”
“I get it. It uses number tiles instead of letters to make calculations instead of words.”
“So you lay the number tiles to make a calculation and the answer to your calculation is your score! Neat.”
“I think the bag version is a great idea for younger kids.”
“So really it is more like arithmetic than mathematics!”
Scrabble had been around for a long time and most families probably have a game at home or they have played it at some time, so they immediately recognise the format that is used in Numenko.
The simple crossword method of playing the game is difficult to improve on and it also lends itself to the way that Numenko is played, calculations from left to right or top to bottom.
Numenko gives the players the chance to create simple or complex calculations, the ability to add onto an existing calculation to create a larger scoring one or even to just use part of an already played calculation and come up with a surprise result, that could be enough to win the game.
The Numenko board game is a scoring game, perfect for older children and adults, and ideal for those of a competitive nature.
The Numenko-in-a-bag version can double up as a travel pack game and was initially created for younger children who don’t have the patience to wait their turn on the board game, or are not quite good enough with their number skills to compete fairly with older players. It has turned out to be a great family game.
The bag game is played without a board and all the players play at the same time, but each player is only playing their own hand. This allows any age or skill group to be able to play together, as the winner is the one left without any tiles at the end of the game.
The bag game can be played in as little as 10/15 minutes, does not need pen or paper to keep score, and is so compact it can be set up and played almost anywhere at any time, and cleared up and put back in the bag with no fuss.
We have great admiration for Scrabble and the way it has stood the test of time. We would like to think that perhaps Numenko is the game that Alfred Butts the inventor of Scrabble might have invented if he had liked numbers more than words, and hopefully we will be around in 70 years.
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