If you are a regular reader of the blog you will know that as a family we are huge lovers of board games and often enjoy a good games night or Sunday afternoon game session and often review new games on here and today we have FReneTiC for you.
FReneTiC is a word game for ages 8 and over. It is similar to other word games in that you have to create words from given letters however the main difference is that with FReneTiC you are creating words from the letters or symbols of the periodic table and that the score is calculated by adding up the atomic numbers of symbols. The other difference between this and most other word creating games is that this one is played against the time so it becomes a fast paced, quick thinking kind of game and the longer the round goes on the more letters and symbols you can use to create words.
Although it sounds a little bit complicated, it is easy to understand once you get going however it does require a lot of concentration and certainly isn’t a game you want to play after a few drinks as the maths scores for each word can go quite high and you need to make sure you use the letters in the order they appear on the tiles if the symbol has more than one letter.
One of my concerns when we got this game was that we would need to know the periodic table in detail, which I don’t, however unlike my first impressions you don’t need to as the symbols and atomic numbers are on the pieces for you to see, you just need to be able to spell and count quickly in order to play.
I love the concept of this game and I love how educational it is. As as well as the obvious support it offers for spelling it also subconsciously improves your knowledge of the periodic table and the atomic elements which will be really helpful for high school aged children.
This game can be played by individuals going head to head or by teams and personally I think that if some of the players are 8-9 then teams is better as although most 8-9 year olds can spell to a high level the way some of the letters are in twos does make it harder to create words and also the added pressure of the time limit can make them frustrated too but for those over 10 I think playing head to head would be more fun.
You can buy frenetic from amazon for £22.99 and it is a fun game that older children and adults can play together.