Letter Jam Review

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Letter Jam - Czech Games Edition

Game title: Letter Jam

Game description: Letter Jam is a cooperative game for 2 to 6 players. In each round, every player has a letter that everyone else can see. But no one can see their own letter! Players try to find words that can be made with the letters they see. The player with the best clue spells it by marking the letters with numbered tokens. Your letter’s position in the clue helps you guess what it might be. Then you can move on to a new one! Guess them all before clues run out, and unscramble your hidden word.

Overall
2.5
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Czech Games Edition’s Letter Jam is a cooperative word game which right off the bat makes it seem like it’d be right up my alley. The reality, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the game goes so horribly wrong for me, but it’s certainly a game I’m not likely to join in on again anytime soon.

Pros

Interesting take on a word game

Semi-cooperative

Cons

Cooperative, but not

Lots of phases / points of failure

Full Letter Jam Review

Czech Games Edition‘s Letter Jam is a cooperative word game which right off the bat makes it seem like it’d be right up my alley. The reality, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the game goes so horribly wrong for me, but it’s certainly a game I’m not likely to join in on again anytime soon.

There are several, perhaps too many, phases in Letter Jam. First, players get a hand of cards and have to make a face-down word using 5 letters. The rest of the cards are discarded, shuffled, and turned into a draw deck. The players then shuffle their word up and pass it to the player on their left, still face-down. The cards are placed in a row and everyone takes the first card and places in a stand so it’s facing only the other players.

This is what the game looks like set up

Now each player has to make a word using the letters they can see, along with the availability of a wildcard, in such a way that they can help the other players figure out what their letter is. There’s numbered tokens that indicate in what order the letters are used. Each player also has a pad where they can write all their hints down, etc…

The game continues in this manner for each face-down card and at the end of the game players try to guess what word was given to them at the start of the game. The group’s success is determined by how many people correctly guess their word. There’s a few other mechanics in here. but that’s the gist of Letter Jam.

There’s also this thing which counts as a setup guide, clue tracker, etc… Yeah, it’s kinda weird

By all means this really did seem like a game I’d really enjoy. For some reason, though, it fell completely flat. It felt overly complicated with too many details that seemed to bury the “fun” of a game that’s buried deep within the short, but not-very-well-written rules.

Letter Jam was played at a gathering and was not purchased, or provided for free, for this review.

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