Blackhole Board Game
A family board game
A challenging word game
- For 2-4 players or more in pairs.
- A game for ages 8 - adults
- Fun for families, adults, children and students
- Blackhole is an exciting family word game played on a traditional board that makes a unique present.
- It is a great way for adults and children to spend quality time together and takes less than an hour to play.
- Forming words in Blackhole is of sound educational value and the combination letters [like sh, in, ing] make it easier to form longer words.
- The phonic nature of the combination letters and the colour coded cards make Blackhole playable by everybody, including people who often struggle with other word games.
- Adults will enjoy playing Blackhole together on social occasions and their interest will be maintained because they will be challenged by the tactical elements embedded in the game.
Blackhole was featured on Dragons’ Den a year ago. The GUARDIAN reported in their Education section on December 4th last year "Want a board game that combines the wordiness of Scrabble and the strategy of Monopoly but is over before the arguments start? John Chambers thinks he has found the answer."
It also reported, "The game is also designed to suit children with dyslexia and other special needs because the vowels, consonants and combinations are all different colours, while moving the letters around helps those who learn kinaesthetically. The way long words can be built boosts children's confidence, and Chambers has built in strategic elements to make it interesting for adults, too."
In Blackhole players travel around the board collecting vowels, consonants and combination letters (for example sh, ar, ing). The tension builds as players near the black holes and risk losing all their letters. The first player to travel from the Earth, around our Solar System and back again on the Scoring-Wheel is the winner.
- For 2,3 or 4 players or more in pairs.
- A game for all ages: fun for families and challenging for adults.
- The winner always emerges in less than an hour.
- Adults and students will enjoy the embedded tactics of Blackhole.
- The consonants, vowels and combination letters are colour coded and the combination letters have a phonic nature [sh ... st .... er ...]. The letter cards can be moved around in front of the player. These features make Blackhole accessible to all abilities,even those with dyslexia and learning difficulties.
- Educational value. Blackhole helps children learn new words and to improve their spelling.
- The rules are coded to the symbols on the board and can be learned in minutes.
- Travelling around our solar system encourages the development of an interest in the universe.
The Blackhole word game is © 2008 Number: 276464 JC Games Ltd
Frequently Asked Questions
For "take a card from opponent" can I take a joker?
No. You can only take a consonant, vowel or special.
To win, do I need to get the exact number of points / stars to land on the Earth?
No. You need to get to, or pass the Earth to win.
If I land on a Blackhole by rolling three consecutive sixes and survive, can I have another roll of the dice?
Normally, a player rolling 6 gets another go. However, entering a Blackhole always signifies the end of your turn whether you escape or not.
Can I declare a word(s) after throwing a 6 and before my next roll?
No. You can only declare a word(s) before rolling the dice for the first time on your go.
What happens if I land on an opponent on the Inner Play Board?
You follow the instructions on the square. There is no penalty for the other player(s)
How do I play Play All?
The player landing on Play All has one minute to make as many words as possible using his own cards [each card is used only once]. The letter cards that are not used to make words are returned to stock. Note: some people have reported that they make words out of all the letter cards on the table, including their opponents. This is incorrect. In addition, Play All applies only to the player landing on that square.
Do you collect a vowel, a consonant and a special if you pass GO as a result of CATCH-UP?
Yes. As usual there are rewards for passing START. In addition the player follows the instructions on the square that the player lands on following Catch-up.
What do you do with the cards returned to the bank?
To keep all the cards tidy it is suggested that the cards returned to the bank are placed face-up behind the stock of vowels, consonants and specials. When all the vowels, consonants or specials have been taken, then the face-up cards of that set of cards is turned face-down and these cards represent the new stock of vowels, consonants or specials.