How to Play

Jabuka is a word game with a rotating letter alphabet where players race to make and take words simultaneously!

Our twisted rules

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Set up

AGES: 8 - 108
PLAYERS: 2 - 8 players / 1-on-1 or in teams
CONTENTS: 100 dark beans + 8 light-coloured, blank beans

Introducing the amazing
Jabuka twistable alphabet

Twisties

Only yellow letter beans may double or triple as other letters. Example: M=E=W when twisted

Double letter twisties

All the yellow double letter beans may also be twisted. Example: po=od when twisted.

Non-twisties

WHITE letters may not be twisted.

SPILL THE BEANS!

Some beans will land face down, some face up. Leave as they land. Make sure that no beans are sitting on top of one another.

Pick two blank beans

Each player picks two light-colored, blank beans from the pile. Blanks can represent ANY single letter. Toss all extra blank beans in the bag.

MAKING WORDS

The Brew

When all players are ready, someone says, “GO” and players race to first shout out, then grab face up beans to make words with three letters or more. Players may also think of a word, shout it out, then try to make it. You can shout out and make words at any time.

TAKING WORDS

At any time, players may first shout out a change to an opposing player’s word and then take it. The new word can be made in any of three ways: twisting letters, adding letters or rearranging letters.

Twisting letters
Adding letters
Rearranging letters
Flipping Beans

After the beans are spilled and lying flat, players can make or take words AND suggest a "flip" at any time by saying "flip?" If everyone agrees, each player then flips two face down beans at the same time and continues making and taking words. (With teams, only one player per team does the flipping.) Play continues until all the beans are flipped.

Ending the game

The Final Flip

The first player that makes OR takes any word after the final flip must shout “JABUKA!” No other words may be made or taken after this and the game ends. If only one bean remains in the final flip, any player may flip it over. Alternatively, if players all agree that no words can be made or taken after the final flip then game ends.

WINNING THE GAME

Players count all the beans used in their words. The player that used the most beans wins! If there is a tie, players involved in the tie-breaker take 10 random, face down beans each. The player that makes the longest words with their beans wins. If there’s still a tie, repeat and best of three wins.

Additional rules

Keep all your words neatly in front of you. No covering or hiding beans.

When changing an opposing player’s word, players must use ALL beans in the word. No partial words or extra letters are to be left over.

To help change and take words, you may use either blank beans or any face up beans you see, provided you shout out the change before taking the bean(s) from the pile.

You may add letters to your own words but you may NOT twist or rearrange your own letters.