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Spanish Party Games

Updated March 21, 2017

The Spanish passion for the fiesta, or party, began in Spain and spread through all of Mexico and Latin America with the Spanish Conquest. The desire to educate the young and old on the proper use of the Spanish language and the history and riches of the Hispanic culture has always been a priority. In modern times, many Hispanics around the world use games at parties as a way to celebrate and educate at the same time.

Maraton

The game Maraton is a classic that can be played with two to 20 players, whether they are young or old. It is very similar to Trivial Pursuit. After teams form, a card is drawn and teams can answer questions related to Hispanic history, film, geography, sports, science and music. By rolling the dice, the team is allowed to advance around the track and approach the finish line. The first team to cross the finish line wins the Maraton. Rules can be adapted according to the size of the group and the preferences of the players.

Turista

Turista is similar to Monopoly. In place of properties from the East Coat of the United States, the properties are tourist attractions from all over the world. Most of the attractions are from Spanish-speaking countries. The dice tells the player how many spaces to advance. Each player starts with an equal amount of pesos in different denominations. Cards in the centre of the table contain information about fines and bonuses for different actions. All the cards are written in Spanish. The player to gain the most money on his trip around the board wins.

Scrabble en español

The classic game Scrabble is available in Spanish. The Spanish version contains special letters not in the English version. In Spanish, older versions of the game include double letters such as ch., ll, rr, and ñ. In versions produced later than 1996, the double letters are all single letters with the exception of the ñ. Also, words that contain W and K are very rare and the point values for these are increased. As in the English version, the game works well for two to eight players. Players select eight wooden tiles with letters on one side. Taking turns, each player forms a word in Spanish on the game board. Words are formed in crossword puzzle fashion, connecting the letters horizontally or vertically. All letters that come into contact must form a Spanish word. Players earn points for the words they form, adding up the points printed on each letter. The winner is the player who reaches a predetermined point total first, such as 200 or 500.

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About the Author

Stephen Saylor is a bilingual educator and translator who has been writing since 2005. He has contributed articles to websites such as rockeros.net and XtremeMusic. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in education from San Diego State University.