Top critical review
Functional, but does not hold a candle to the older version.
January 4, 2018
I bought this for my family because our old board was split on the crease. The set also had a "patina" to it that everyone loved, but I know that it is food and dead skin cells and that is gross as french toast. This version does not replace what we had. The board is a major improvement, since it is not split down the middle. The trays are plastic, which is probably my biggest objection. There are actually four of them, which was news to me as our old set only had three trays with it. The letters are wood, which is good, but they are just printed on and not engraved like the old set. That is probably a good thing because now nobody will spend ten minutes picking his or her letters pretending like they aren't trying to feel for the letter she or he wants. The font is wrong. Also, between the new board and the new tiles, they whole thing is very slippery. So if you breath real hard on the board, the tiles go every which way. I'm used to needing to make adjustments to the letters, but not to this extent. The new board and tiles allow for room between the tiles and that sucks. With the old set, you could lay the tiles touching and they all fit fine. The bag is flimsy, but we have an unopened Crown Royal, so it will be replaced soon. It isn't all bad. The game works, all the pieces were there. I think I will invest in a better version some time in the near future.