Review: FReNeTiC

We love a good board game in our house. It’s always good to discover one that stealthily educates kids too. And, in FReNeTiC, I’ve found one that achieves just that.

Made by the creators of Accentuate, it’s a word game based on the periodic table of the elements. It’s recommended for two or more players aged eight and up.

When I saw it on display at the Toy Fair earlier this year, I knew we had to give it a go! The aim of FReNeTiC is to make up words from the letters of the element symbols.

These are represented both on the game board and 96 symbol tiles. There are also four FReNeTiC tiles which players put aside to be used in place of any element tiles.

For each round, players pick eight tiles from the bag and place them on the corresponding spaces on the board. Then everyone has 45 seconds to make as many words as they can from the eight tiles on display.

FReNeTiC being played.

Amazingly, it’s possible to make over 10,000 different words with them. The scoring system is based on the atomic numbers of the tiles, so it’s good for adding up in addition to making words.

You can actually make the names of 13 elements with the right combinations of tiles. These are outlined in green on the board. If you manage to make any of these, you can claim any of the FReNeTiC tiles other players have.

There are also ten red spaces on the board. If you create words including one of these, you get a double score.

As well as encouraging literacy and numeracy skills, of course, it introduces the periodic table. I’m not entirely sure when kids learn about it nowadays but it wasn’t until secondary school for me, which was probably a little late.

One player's scores in a game of FReNeTiC.

Getting children familiar with the look of the table as well as with the atomic symbols and their values earlier can only be a good thing. It builds a foundation that they can learn from once they’re old enough to carry out experiments with Bunsen burners and the like.

Back to the game and I think we did fairly well for our first attempt. The winner is the first player to reach 1000 points. This may sound like quite a high tally, but we got there pretty quickly. In case you were wondering, I won. Which was something of a relief as I write for a living!

FReNeTiC is available from retailers including Amazon and has an RRP of £22.99. However, I have one copy to give away! To be in with a chance of winning, enter via Rafflecopter below.

Use as many of the entry methods as you like, including sharing your favourite word. For the record, mine is floccinaucinihilipilification. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was gifted a copy of FReNeTiC. 

72 Comments
  • iain maciver
    March 11, 2019

    fandabidozy

  • Anthony G.
    March 11, 2019

    Discombobulate

  • Tracy Nixon
    March 11, 2019

    sparkling!

  • Katie
    March 11, 2019

    scrumdiddlyumptious

  • ADEINNE TONNER
    March 11, 2019

    My favourite word is beautiful

  • Susan B
    March 11, 2019

    Joy. Simple but clear.

  • Kim Neville
    March 11, 2019

    wonderful 🙂

  • Angela treadway
    March 11, 2019

    family x

  • janine atkin
    March 11, 2019

    fantasticle

  • Angie McDonald
    March 11, 2019

    gobbledygook

  • Andrea Upton
    March 11, 2019

    flamboyant

  • Sadiyya Maryam
    March 11, 2019

    Daughter as she is my whole world.

  • John Prendergast
    March 11, 2019

    supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

  • Solange
    March 11, 2019

    Genre.

  • Rachael Sexey
    March 12, 2019

    Lush

  • Emma Morgan
    March 12, 2019

    Discombobulated

  • Natalie Burgess
    March 12, 2019

    Sparkle

  • Helen R
    March 12, 2019

    Petrichor

  • olivia Kirby
    March 12, 2019

    Melody
    (I like music and it’s my daughter’s name)

  • Laura Banks
    March 12, 2019

    awesome

  • Peter Nickson
    March 12, 2019

    Great Family fun game

  • Denisej
    March 12, 2019

    We too all love a board game. My favourite word is “holiday” Yey!

  • clair downham
    March 12, 2019

    masquerade

  • Amy Denney
    March 12, 2019

    Belongings my favourite word. Thank you for the chance.

  • Sally Collingwood
    March 12, 2019

    Happy

  • Amanda Baggott
    March 12, 2019

    Glitter

  • Ursula Hunt
    March 12, 2019

    I love the word Koala

  • Caroline A
    March 12, 2019

    Ternary !

  • Linda Ford
    March 12, 2019

    Smile

  • Rebecca Cusick
    March 12, 2019

    Onomatopoeia

  • Annabel Greaves
    March 12, 2019

    family

  • Mark R
    March 12, 2019

    My favourite is crepuscular

  • Lorna Ledger
    March 12, 2019

    Blush

  • Christina Palmer
    March 12, 2019

    Awesome

  • Georgina Prince
    March 12, 2019

    love

  • Laura Pritchard
    March 12, 2019

    Skulk

  • JULIE WARD
    March 12, 2019

    Numpty

  • Janine
    March 13, 2019

    Bobble

  • Ron Goodwin
    March 13, 2019

    Plunge

  • Kelly Knowles
    March 13, 2019

    Passion

  • kimberley ryan
    March 13, 2019

    FAmILY

  • Gaynor Vincent
    March 14, 2019

    serendipitous always loved it!

  • Tony Metcalfe
    March 14, 2019

    Goal!

  • Emma Howard
    March 14, 2019

    Chocolate – always brings me joy when I hear that word!

  • Geri Gregg
    March 15, 2019

    Love is my favourite word

  • Rachel Butterworth
    March 15, 2019

    Traction. For some reason the sound of it makes me hungry.

  • Lydia Joy
    March 15, 2019

    Great question! My favourite word is parallelogram.

  • lynn neal
    March 15, 2019

    joy

  • Christopher Read
    March 15, 2019

    My favourite word is pterodactyl

  • Philip O'Neill
    March 16, 2019

    Crocodile

  • ElizM
    March 16, 2019

    Fabulous (aka fab or F.A.B)

  • Danielle Pooley
    March 16, 2019

    Love

  • Richard Saunders
    March 16, 2019

    Supernova

  • Caroline
    March 16, 2019

    Bed

  • Sam Parkes
    March 17, 2019

    Discombobulate

  • astrid c
    March 17, 2019

    procrastinate

  • Ruth Harwood
    March 17, 2019

    Serendipitous!

  • paula cheadle
    March 17, 2019

    wantsome

  • Helen Craigs
    March 17, 2019

    ‘Love’ has to be my favourite word!

  • Stef Acaster
    March 17, 2019

    Fantastic

  • Louise Fairweather
    March 17, 2019

    holiday is my favourite word

  • jo liddement
    March 17, 2019

    Dramatic

  • Rebecca Whatmore
    March 17, 2019

    Favourite word is: bubble

  • gemma middleton
    March 17, 2019

    I use the word “amazing! a lot!

  • Ruth Lee
    March 17, 2019

    sunshine

  • Anthea Holloway
    March 17, 2019

    gribblings

  • Clare Hubbard
    March 17, 2019

    Deciduous

  • sheri Darby
    March 17, 2019

    Chocolate

  • Tammy Neal
    March 17, 2019

    Chocolate x

  • Sarah Robinson
    March 17, 2019

    Family

  • Faye Long
    March 17, 2019

    ratatouille

  • Natalie Crossan
    March 17, 2019

    Dashing

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