Long Island City, NY
|Players||2 or more|
|Age range||7 and up|
Word creation from random letters
|Includes: shaker cup, 10 black dice, 3 red dice, timer, instructions|
Perquackey is a word game played with dice, produced by Cardinal Industries, Inc. of Long Island City, New York. It was previously produced by Lakeside Toys, a division of Lakeside Industries, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and originally by The Shreve Company of Los Angeles, California. It is similar to the 1956 game Spill & Spell.
The game is played with 10 black-lettered dice and three red-lettered dice.
Each player, initially, rolls the 10 black-lettered dice. The player must rearrange them into as many words as possible within a certain time, reusing the letters repeatedly. Points are scored according to the length of each word and the number of words made. Once a player reaches 2,500 points, all 13 dice are used; all words must now contain at least four letters. A player with at least 2,500 points is considered "vulnerable"; at least 500 points must be scored in a turn, or 500 points are deducted from their score.
The first player to reach 5,000 points is the winner.
The dice are labeled as follows:
- Black dice:
- A,A,A,E,E,E (2)
- Red dice (classic):
- Red dice (post-2004?):
In popular culture
In the Dick Van Dyke Show episode "A Man's Teeth Are Not His Own," Rob & Laura play a game of Perquackey with their neighbors.
In the Three's Company episode "Critic's Choice," Mr. Furley bursts in to invite Janet and Terri to play a game of Perquackey.
- "Perquackey Word Game - How To Play". Centralconnector.com. 2007-04-26. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
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- "Perquackey Review". Gamereport.com. Retrieved 2013-01-28.
- Cardinal Industries Perquackey Page
- BoardGameGeek.com Perquackey page
- How to Play Perquackey
- online word generating program, for use with the game
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