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one up! - the wicked/smart word game

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War of Words

It's time to see who's the master of one-upmanship! Open this innocent-looking tin to reveal a bundle of innocent-looking lettered tiles and the beginning of a competitive, word-forming frenzy. Players are positioned around the central pile, and the tiles are flipped over one at a time. As soon as a word of three or more letters is spotted by a player, they can claim it as their own. But keep a sharp eye out—those words can be reformed and reclaimed as new letters are revealed! A fast-paced game for wild and wordy family fun. Made in China.

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Item ID
21949
Ages
13+
Made from
tin, maple wood
Measurements
2.5" H x 4" dia.
Notes


WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

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ONE UP!
 
4.3

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun (12)
  • Educational (11)
  • Entertaining (11)
  • Interactive (9)
  • Easy to play (6)

Cons

  • Difficult instructions (6)

Best Uses

  • Adults (12)
  • Family (11)
  • Children (6)
  • Travel (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (7), Educator (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (16), No (7)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (8), Self (8)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (9), Other (7)

Reviewed by 19 customers

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4.0

Nice Gift

By 

from New York

Verified Buyer

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        Comments about ONE UP!:

        We bought this for my parents to play with their grandkids, and they all loved it.

        Service and delivery comments:

        Delivery was as promised.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes, Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Christmas or Hanukkah

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Nice Gift

        By 

        from New York

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about ONE UP!:

              This was a gift for my brothers' family. They said it was more fun than Scrabble.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Delivered as promised.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Other
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Christmas or Hanukkah

              Comment on this review

               
              3.0

              Fun, fast paced game

              By 

              from Castle Rock, CO

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family

                Comments about ONE UP!:

                Tiles are a bit rough and quality not the best. The game is a lot of fun, however.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Child
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

                Comment on this review

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Fun time

                By 

                from Anaheim, CA

                About Me Educator, Parent

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Educational
                • Entertaining
                • Fun
                • Interactive

                Cons

                • Difficult Instructions

                Best Uses

                • Adults
                • Family

                Comments about ONE UP!:

                This game is lots of fun if you're into word games. The directions could have been a little clearer about certain can and cannots. For example, it never said if you could split up word in order to make new words, or if all the letters had to stay together. If you have the word "please" and you pick up the letter "a", can you split it to make "pea" and "sale"? Other than that it was fun and I love that it's small enough to throw in the purse.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Christmas or Hanukkah

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Entertaining

                By 

                from Charlotte, NC

                About Me Educator, Parent

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Can Withstand Use
                • Easy To Play
                • Educational
                • Entertaining
                • Fun
                • Interactive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Adults
                  • Children
                  • Family
                  • Travel

                  Comments about ONE UP!:

                  My sister loved this game for Christmas. She enjoys word puzzles and this game provided here with a fun and entertaining challenge.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes, Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Other
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Christmas or Hanukkah

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Ludic and cool.

                  By 

                  from California

                  About Me Parent

                  Pros

                  • Beautiful design
                  • Can Withstand Use
                  • Easy To Play
                  • Educational
                  • Entertaining
                  • Fun
                  • Interactive

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Adults
                    • Children
                    • Family
                    • Travel

                    Comments about ONE UP!:

                    I saw this while traveling to New York City on business in a large retail store on Madison Avenue and bought it on the spot. I'm one of those old school people who think words matter, and that the larger the vocabulary you have the higher the intelligence. Justified, or justified snobbery? Anyway, I play One Up! all the time with my grown-up kids, because they're so fast and clever but I still have a bigger vocabulary, and a sharper eye. Still, but just barely. It's such cutthroat fun.

                    I also have games with colleagues all the time because it's play-anywhere quick and separates the wheat from the chaff pretty readily. Which sometimes is, and sometimes isn't a good thing. Toes have been stepped on. But overall a huge hit at the office.

                    The store I originally bought One Up! in doesn't carry it anymore, so I'm thrilled to find it here – even though I'm hoping it catches on in popularity and isn't "uncommon" for too much longer!

                    Classy, smart, terrific.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No, No
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Self
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Other

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Always loved Scrabble. Until One Up!...

                    By 

                    from Weston, CT

                    About Me Parent

                    Pros

                    • Can Withstand Use
                    • Easy To Play
                    • Educational
                    • Entertaining
                    • Fast-paced
                    • Fun
                    • Interactive
                    • Nice Layout

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Adults
                      • Children
                      • Family
                      • Thinking On Your Feet
                      • Travel
                      • Vocabulary-building

                      Comments about ONE UP!:

                      I've never been a really avid Scrabble player, but I've been playing it less and less frequently lately since I don't have the time. I find Words with Friends fun, but I'm not really a computer guy.

                      I saw One Up! over a friend of mine's house and asked him about it. He showed me how to play and I was hooked! Love it, love it. Games are fast and quick and really keep you on your toes! 15-20 minutes of synapses firing bing, bang, boom and I feel like my brain's been given a jolt of smart caffeine.

                      Buy this game now for all the word nerds in your life. You'll be the hero. Plug up the world's Word Gap with One Up!

                      p.s. Reading some of the other reviews, I just wanted to say that the instructions inside the can were easy to read and we've had no problems figuring out how to play.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No, No
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Self

                      Comment on this review

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Super cool game

                      By 

                      from Charlotte, NC

                      About Me Parent

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Play
                      • Educational
                      • Entertaining
                      • Fun
                      • Interactive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Adults
                        • Children
                        • Family
                        • Travel

                        Comments about ONE UP!:

                        I''ve read the other reviews on this website and wanted to say that I recently got One Up! and inside the container was a set of instructions that I found pretty comprehensive and clear. Maybe these are a recent addition by the manufacturer because of the complaints?

                        Anyway, straight out of the can One Up! was a blast. It took us a few minutes to get into the rhythm, but it was a very lively first game I had against my 2 teenage boys, especially when their old, slow dad soundly defeated them.

                        The key is to keep an eye on the letters in the center while simultaneously looking for letters that can be added to already existing words and then steal away. Exciting stuff - go for the metaphorical jugular right away for a fight to the vocabulary death!

                        I'll never play Scrabble again.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Self
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Other

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Fun Game!

                        By 

                        from Camarillo, CA

                        About Me Educator

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Educational
                        • Entertaining
                        • Fun

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Adults
                          • Family

                          Comments about ONE UP!:

                          This was a perfect gift for my friend who's an English major and just loves word games!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes, Yes
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Other
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Other

                          Comment on this review

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Rules are vague

                          By 

                          from Sacramento, CA

                          About Me Avid Gamer, Lawyer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Entertaining
                          • Interactive
                          • Thinking Game

                          Cons

                          • Difficult Instructions
                          • Vague Instructions

                          Best Uses

                          • Adults

                          Comments about ONE UP!:

                          My biggest complaint is that the instructions are very vague and when you have 3 lawyers playing, everyone starts to argue about the interpretation of the rules. We eventually googled it and found some more helpful tips from other websites/blogs. All the same we had to impose a few house rules to make the game make sense. Our house rules may be the way the game is meant to be played but we'll never know with these vague instructions.

                          I also this game because I thought it was going to be fast paced. In reality though, it can take hours!!! To expedite the game, we gave each player only 1 minute on their turn to make a word.

                          Apart from those 2 things, we liked the game and how it makes you think :)

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No, No
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Self
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Christmas or Hanukkah

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