Great family game. So unique and fun whilst educational. Only came yesterday but played it about 5 times already!
I must start off by saying I do love this game - as a Scrabble fan, and since I have become obsessed with the periodic table from watching Pointless, this just ticked all the boxes for me.
We’re big fans of word games in my family, and this game has the added influence of chemistry as the letter tiles are actually symbols of the Elements of the Periodic Table. For anyone who knows their chemistry this gives it extra appeal eg Copper is Cu, and Gold is Au, but it’s by no means necessary to have any science knowledge at all to play this game.
Fast paced and loads of fun to play, my big disappointment is that the quality of the materials used is so cheap and the tiles themselves are just cardboard!!!
Bring the quality up a notch and this would be a great game to buy.
We enjoyed playing this. It looked a bit confusing at first unwrapping but it's really quite straight forward. It takes some time to get used to the scoring system, but that's part of the fun. Good for spelling, counting- and just having a good social time together We’re big fans of word games in my family, and this game has the added influence of chemistry as the letter tiles are actually symbols of the Elements of the Periodic Table. For anyone who knows their chemistry this gives it extra appeal eg Copper is Cu, and Gold is Au, but it’s by no means necessary to have any science knowledge at all to play this game.
I couldn’t see how the premise of this game- make words out of the elements could possibly be a thing but dull, but actually I was wrong! You have to pull out a few tiles at a time and then spend a minute all trying to make original words at once. We found it really got us thinking, and you do sort of learn the elements as you go on. My fourteen year old was able to explain why it’s set out as it is, and is quite a fan of the game, good fun for older children and adults - I’d have liked to see the addition of a timer but am glad the pieces are quality cardboard and not plastic. We like it.
Initially I wasn't that impressed with the presentation. Cardboard tiles that you have to pop out yourself. I play word games a lot and my other word games have lovely tactile plastic tiles, so thought this cheapened the game somewhat. The little bag to put them in is nice quality though.
The game takes a few rounds to get going, but you soon get into the swing of it. It's just as well there is an egg timer to limit the time to make up words to keep the game moving on. I would say it is quite challenging and although it says from ages 8 up, I would say they would need to be pretty super intelligent 8 year olds to enjoy playing this. There is a lot of adding up to do for each round , so as well as literacy skills , it gets your mental arithmetic working too. Very educational. Not a game for when you don't want to think too hard. Don't think it will become my go to word game.
This is a fresh twist on a few games with some element of chance and it is a quick game so it doesn't take up a whole evening.
The first round can be a bit 'luck of the draw' as some elements are hard to combine into words with only a few options and so there can be a bit of a slow start but as the elements build up you can have fun strategising - is more words best or do you go for the higher value tiles. You don't have to know the periodic table but playing the game helps to familiarise folk to the numbers and the symbols - it could be a fun extra teaching tool for families/home school groups etc
The cardboard letters are not very sturdy and it could be a classier product with more durable pieces but in this 'plastic-concerned' generation that they are more environmentally friendly strikes me as a plus point.
All players are engaged at the same time so not lots of sitting around waiting - it is a fun, challenging game and we have enjoyed it as a family with older teens.
A great fast moving game which is a cross between Boggle and Scrabble. The playing board is a large table of the elements and the set comes with 4 pads, pencils and a bag to hold the tiles.
Play begins with selection of 8 tiles which go onto the board and you have to try to make words using the letters of the elements. Fast moving and exciting and really quite a good game. Play continues as more and more tiles go onto the board. Also wild single use Frenetic tiles add to the excitement.
It has the same frenetic (!) atmosphere as boggle. It is very good for learning the periodic table and the elemental abbreviations.
Why only 4*? The quality of the tiles is shameful. They come on cardboard sheets which have to be pushed out. They are lightweight and not at all like the quality of bananagrams or Snatch which are staples in our house. The pads are blank and the pencils and non-branded too.
It all looks a little bit cheap so the premise of the game is good and it provides great excitement but, for this price, I would expect a bit better quality that is provided in the box
This is a really nice variation on something like Scrabble. The tiles are elements from the periodic table and the points assigned are of the elements position. It’s fast paced, educational and fun. It says 8+ although I suspect that’s a bit too young and I’d be inclined for it to be played by a teenager upwards who has come across the periodic table a bit more in their studies. However, for a group of adults who have Science backgrounds we found it great fun. My only criticism and reason for knocking a star off is that the tiles and game in general are pretty cheaply made. It’s nowhere near the quality of the tiles in a Scarbble board.
On first look I wasn't sure that this would be any good. The premise seemed a little strange - making words based on the letters of the periodic table. In practice it does live up to the promise of a "Frenetic: The Frenzied Word Game of the Elements!" with a fast-pace against a timer to create as many words as you can. The use of the periodic table is a good twist and it will increase awareness, understanding and familiarity of the table.
There's no turn-taking as everyone plays at once, so there's no waiting around for others to play. This aspect is really good and keeps the game really flowing for everyone.
It's a combination of skill, luck and strategy and really does help develop cognitive skills and vocabulary, but it's a great family game for children (8+) and adults. You only need 2 players to play.
The box contains letter tiles (made a cardboard, a bit cheap), pencils, timer, board and paper pads.
We all like playing Scrabble but this was a much different game. Really quite challenging but huge fun. We payed it after dinner on Christmas Day and thoroughly enjoyed it - once we got to grips with the rules!
Fantastic game , great fun and exciting to share with friends and family !!
Its like scrabble but lacking the tedium and waiting your turn. fast playing super competitive game ideal for family fun nights in.It really works well and is a great spin on the scrabble idea. fast and fun.
A great alternative to Scrabble. It’s surprisingly fast-paced and makes you think. You don’t need any knowledge about the periodic table and our 8 year old had no trouble. He’s taken it to his friend’s house a couple of times so it must be good.
It’s good fun for an adult retro evening too. An excellent way to spend more family time together.
To be honest I LOVE word games of any sort and almost forty years ago I was asking my wife to play Scrabble all the time so this new game was bound to be a hit with me.
Great idea with a fresh way required to think to score and score well - so that you can WIN, of course.
Nicely made with easy enough instructions to follow. A game for adults and older children probably (our grandchildren are too young (yet)!
Some people might think this sounds boring, but it's a really enjoyable and fast-paced word game where you have to make words out of the symbols of atomic elements. Tiles are chosen out of a bag, each player tries to make the best word they can (all doing it at once, so there's no slow waiting for each player to one-by-one have their turn), and you score points equal to the atomic numbers of elements you use -- so, make the word HOB (hydrogen/oxygen/boron) and you'll score very little; elements further down the periodic table obviously score more! It's a really fun and enjoyable game that's reminiscent of Scrabble, but has the benefit of being faster and more educational. My family thought it sounded boring, but we're all hooked. Definitely five stars!
This is a well-made game, with easy to follow instructions. It is based on the same principle as Scrabble; the lettered tiles representing elements in the periodic table, and worth points according to their atomic number. The game is called FReNeTiC because these are “joker” tiles, which provide advantages to the player who acquires them.
If this sounds a little complex, it’s not, but it is definitely educational – even for this adult, who didn’t pay attention to the science teacher. The game comes with four pads and pencils, together with a little drawstring bag to store the tiles and timer. The box – like the components – is sturdy, so will withstand a good deal of handling through the years.
This is a brilliant game – especially for budding young scientists - but it is lots of fun, and makes you think. Alternatively, you can just play the game like scrabble, but the scores are much higher, and it helps youngsters with their counting, spelling and vocabulary. A great game.
Looking for a game that covers half of the school curriculum? Then look no further!
In Frenetic, players have to make words (English) using the letter combinations as they appear on the elements of the periodic table (Science) and score according to the atomic number of the components (Maths).
Each round, players add to the number of elements that are in play by way of a random tile draw, then have 45 seconds to jot down as many new words as they can using the tiles on the board. When the time is up, players compare lists and anyone with a word their opponents don't have scores for that word. You keep going until one player scores 1,000 points.
There are a couple of clever quirks to keep things interesting. There are four wildcard tokens and certain difficult combinations on the board score you double points if you manage to use them in a word. There are also a number of elements on the board that can be spelt using the tiles available, and doing so earns you perks. These are all nice touches.
My son and I tried this for the first time yesterday. Today, he asked if we could play it again - which of course we did. I can only guess but exposure to the periodic table and the two new words he discovered today (HoRe and SiAl) have to be good for his education, and he's having fun!
Top marks for the team behind this. Could be lots off fun in schools and well worth a go at home too!
Good game, bit tricky at first but got better with practice
What a wonderful new game this is! It's really fun, fast thinking & an educational family game to suit every age. I would thoroughly recommend this and reason for five stars! Well done Accentuate Games for bringing another innovative idea to our homes & holidays.
This is a great game. A wonderful fusion of science and English. My son is a little bit young to really appreciate the periodic table side of things, but we’ve played a lot of fun filled games. In all honesty, it takes a while to get those brain cells chugging. Working against the timer really adds the fun in this game!