So far we’ve featured a number of great games in our “Thrift Treasure” series that may still be found for sale at the retail level. Today it is a little bit different in that this one is out of print and seems to only be regularly available on eBay. Originally sold via the in-home party company, Discovery Toys, Stellar Speller is another find-a-word offering with unique packaging that makes it also a great travel game.

Stellar Speller - ContentsThere isn’t much to the game meaning less to lose! A scorepad and special dice/roller/whateveryouwanttocallit is intriguing and should help prevent losing any of the dice. Rather than trying to explain how to roll the dice, here’s a quick 6-second video demonstration:

Pretty neat contraption, eh? Before the game begins, everyone agrees on how to ‘time’ a round. Set the microwave or stopwatch (not included) or simply have someone yell “STOP” when they get to eight words. Rushing to get your list complete is a nice strategy to shut others out of completing their lists.

Stellar Speller - Playing

Once either time is up or one player has their sheet full it is time to score your finds. Three-letter words are the minimum (worth 1 point), 4-letter words are worth two, etc. Highest score wins the round. You can either play by number of rounds won or keep a running total to tally a final score.

Stellar Speller - ScoringBecause of the fewer letters (only 7 dice) and the possibility of duplicates, it really makes you stop and consider all of the word possibilities. It isn’t as face-paced as Boggle/etc since there are fewer letters to work with.

Stellar Speller probably won’t be a go-to game for us on family game night since we have other great ones to choose from (see Ambiguity), but thanks to its size will be a good one to carry with us on the airplane or car trip! Oh, and what did we pay for this ‘treasure’? Only 88 cents!

51 thoughts on “Thrift Treasure: Stellar Speller

  1. I’ve never heard of this game – or Discovery Toys! You find such cool stuff in your thrifting adventures, especially for just 88 cents!

  2. I have never heard of this toy before. I like the fact that there is less to lose. The kids always seem to lose something from a board game. The bonus is that it is a learning toy also.

  3. We have found some really fun games at the thrift stores too! We found one called Chatter Matters one time that was a huge hit for less than a dollar! Love finds like this!

  4. Scott,
    What a great game! Anytime you come across a game that incorporates learning and fun at the same time, you have hit a home run! This is such a great idea I’ll have to look into this game. Spelling is such a important aspect of learning for children. Some adults (I included) aren’t the best spelers uh sppelers, well, you know what I mean (LOL)! Thanks for the great post, I really enjoyed it.

  5. My Grandkids are not quite old enough for the Stellar Speller, but in a couple of years, I am sure this is one game we will want. I do have a friend who has a daughter that sure could use spelling help. I will pass this on to her.

  6. While I love the idea of it and it would probably be a great item to have, I have never shopped on eBay. I do not know why it is one of those sites I just do not visit or have a desire to.

  7. This reminds me of the hours and hours I’ve spent playing Boggle in my lifetime! Looks like a really fun game! Thanks for sharing!

  8. My son would really enjoy playing this game. I would enjoy the fact that he will not only have fun but learn at the same time. It certainly sounds like a constructive game.

  9. What a neat game! It’s such a cool find! I have started looking for older games during visits to thrift shops. So far nothing quite as cool but I can hope.

  10. This looks like an excellent game to take along when you are traveling with little ones. It provides entertainment and also easy to pack and not lose any pieces.

  11. This kind of reminds me of the game Boggle that I used to play as a little girl. I think this is a fabulous way to help children with their spelling!

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