What is ACROSSCHECK®™?
ACROSSCHECK®™ is a word-forming and combining game, for two to four players (or teams of players) aged eight years and older; although a single player can play ‘solitaire’ to better their own score.
ACROSSCHECK®™ is suitable for adults, teenagers, children [they may need a little help on spelling and score-keeping from adults], rehab clients re-learning language skills, language students, crossword aficionados, chess players, whole families and others.
How does it work?
Players can choose any word they like, to play onto the Board©. Scope is almost limitless and consequently quite daunting.
The chosen word is formed from up to 8 letters selected from the Bank Rack. Ideally the Player chooses a word that will reach a Premium Square, or come closer to a Premium Square provided they can interconnect their word, crossword style, with words already played onto the board.
All the Letters are assigned particular ‘Face-value’ points, which`are summed to determine the basic ‘Cost’ for that word. While a child might choose ‘CAT’ [Cost: 4+2+2=8] an aficionado could play ‘QUIZZIFY’ [Cost:10+4+3+10+10+3+5+5=50].
The object of the game is to accumulate more points than your
opponent(s). A winning strategy is to realise more points, than the basic ‘Cost’ of your word. This is termed your ‘Surplus’. Surpluses are realised principally by planning to cover as many of
the Premium Squares that can be reached before your opponent.
Surpluses can be realised by multiplying the ‘Face-values’ of the
letters of your words, by the value displayed on the respective
‘Premium Square’, and subtracting the ‘Cost’. The Premium
Square values range from 2 to 5.
A ‘Surplus’ can also be realised by adding one or more letters to another word, already played onto the Board, so as to form a new word.
The following is a downloadable/printable version of the ACROSSCHECK™ rules.