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FRENETIC - FUN WITH THE ELEMENTAL TABLE

When it comes to date night, my husband and I love a break from technology. We love a good board game and often play a game of Scrabble or Rummikub to pass the time in the evenings. As we have a young daughter, date nights outside the house are pretty much a thing of the past, but we don't mind that much when we have a board game to play. I think we are a bit geekish when it comes to games, and enjoy games that challenge our minds. When we were offered the chance to try out Frenetic, a word game based on the elemental table, we jumped at the chance. 

A close up of the Frenetic game. It shows the bag that the letters live in.

My husband works as a Senior Design Engineer so is a bit of a science and maths geek. I'm more creative, so enjoy games based on letters, so Frenetic is the perfect game for us as it mixes the periodic table with a fast paced letter game. It is perfect as a group game, and also works very well as a two player game. As we play games just the two of us, the ability to play just us is very important when purchasing a new game.


HOW TO PLAY FRENETIC 


The rules of Frenetic are very simple and easy to get the hang of. It's similar to the classic game Boggle, but you use the symbols from the periodic table as opposed to letters on cubes. It mixes elements of Scrabble as you draw the symbols from a bag, and place them on the board. You then have to make words from the symbols placed on the board. You are against the egg timer, and have to write as many words as you can using the elements that you have placed on the board. With the chance to make 10,000 words, the possibilities are endless! There's no turn taking in this game and everyone plays at once.

close up of the board, where you can see the periodic table and a pile of the symbol tiles


SCORING


In order to score, you have to make unique words using the letters from the symbol. At the end of play, you compare what words you have, and any words that other people haven't made gains you a score. You simply add up the number on the elemental symbols that you have used to create your word. The aim is to reach the target score of the game before anyone else, but of course even a low score helps to reach the end goal. The great thing is that you can easily set your own target score, so your game could last 15 minutes or 45 minutes, it is totally up to you.

close up showing the elemental Iron tile

FINAL THOUGHTS ON FRENETIC


We really enjoy Frenetic, and it has joined our date night rotation. It really stimulates your brain and becomes quite a competitive game as you are all creating words at the same time. With maths and english mixed together, it works on your focusing skills, and I found that my vocabulary was actually better than I thought. I wasn't great at adding my score, but it did make me work on my quick addition skills so this was an added bonus. I also started to remember the elements from the table, which I didn't think would happen.

I think this would be great as a group game and I can see that it would become quite a loud game to play as people become frustrated that other people are getting the same words as them. 

WHERE TO PURCHASE


You can purchase Frenetic from many different retailers, including Amazon and John Lewis. It retails for £22.99, which I feel is a very fair price for a new board game. Board games last, and everyone has a games cupboard that they have for many years, and even pass down to their children. I'm happy to pay out for a board game, and I really do recommend Frenetic



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