Whether you like thinking quickly and making dozens of little words or thinking deeply and finding the one killer word, "Boggle" has something for you. If I'm playing with a large group, I'll just look for that one word that will drop everybody's jaw (and then lose to the guy who made all the permutaions of s,n,e,a,t in a group).
This is an awesome deck-building word game. I did a review of this one on episode two of my podcast. I think it takes the deck-builder mechanism in a very different way. If you try to play this like Dominion it doesn't work so I like that it makes you think differently about a deck builder.
Lots of variants in the box will help keep this one fresh. Plus the artwork is top-notch.
I generally hate word games. This one is the textbook example of an exception. It's an excellent and creative blend of mechanisms.... a little Password, some crossword, some area control, Othello, and throw in a little tic-tac-toe (whut!?). So far ahead of it's time - it belongs in the ranks with games like Acquire or Cosmic Encounter in that regard.
This is a very different and fun game for people who love words & story telling. It also has one of the coolest spinners in game-dom.
There are three rings full of words are spun and the 3 words that line up w/ the pointer are noted. All the players but the person spinning write stories w/ these words about a topic selected from a box of cards. The spinner tries to guess words that the writers used in their stories.
If you have a creative group of friends who have known each other a while, this can be a great time.
I used to have this game and it was not bad. I think I'd have kept it as a good change of pace. Sort of involves moving letters to make words so it has a combo Boggle/Banagrams feel.
Problem is we ended up playing it a lot as it was the only thing we had available during a relocation so it sort of soured. But, the fact that you can still find it suggests that others too love it in moderation perhaps.
Dan's already posted my favorite (Montage) a bit earlier, but here's another out-of-the-box entry. While Montage mashes up vocabulary with spatial play/area control, Konexi mashes it up with dexterity. The game in progress is beautiful to the eye, exciting, and quick.
In this one you use word tiles to give clues to a secret word. Kind of like charades with word tiles, but you still can't talk. You place the clue tiles on a board with areas marked for whether the word tile definitely applies or definitely does not apply, thus amplifying the use of the word tiles.
Scoring is kind of fun. Everyone has a partner to help when it's their turn to give the clues and you and your partner score when someone guesses your word. Those who are guessing, however, score individually.
Differs from others on the list in that you're not making words, but is definitely a word game.
You build words on pre-set grids. Everyone has their own set of tiles in their own color. It is solitaire-ish except that you can steal others tossed out letters. Fast paced because you're racing the timer and the other players.