The classic word game Scrabble has been played since the 1940s and has spawned a variety of other word games similar to it. One of these is Angry Words, and yes, letters and words are used in this game, not birds and pigs.
Overview of Angry Words
The game was developed by the Argentinian studio Etermax, known for creating various social games. Angry Words is also called Apalabrados, which comes from the Spanish word “apalabrar” that means “to arrange beforehand.” And arranging letters to form valid words is what you mainly do in Angry Words. Instead of a physical game board and letter tiles like those used in Scrabble, Angry Words is played online through Facebook or a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. It can be played on both iOS and Android devices. It was chosen as the best game in the Apple Store in 2012 and has been downloaded more than 8 million times. You can play it any time against your Facebook friends or random opponents online. You can play an unlimited number of games at the same time, so you won’t get bored while waiting for your other opponents to make their move. The game can be played in a variety of languages including English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian, German, and Portuguese.
Playing the Game
Just like in Scrabble, you are provided with seven letters during most of the game. The letters you use to spell out words will be immediately replaced with fresh tiles until no more tiles remain in the mother pile or if you or an opponent quits the game.
You begin to form a word at the center of the board, utilizing the square marked with a star. Words can be formed horizontally or vertically, and you and your opponent take turns in playing. Additional words can be formed by attaching them to the words that are already on the board. Every time you play a word, press the play button, symbolized by the triangle with its tip pointing to the right.
There is an exchange button, symbolized by two encircling arrows. Use this to exchange tiles you dislike or those that you find difficult to dispose of. However, using this button is also considered a turn, so you will have to wait for your next turn to form a word.
Waiting for your opponent to play can take some time, but you can give him or her a reminder by sending a message. In fact, if you are both online, you can chat with each other while playing! If you don’t feel like chatting with anyone, you can also start a new game with another opponent by tapping the button with the plus sign. As mentioned earlier, the number of simultaneous games you play is infinite, so there are more chances for you to get your Angry Words fix and improve your game.
Every letter tile carries a certain point value. This point value depends on the frequency by which a letter is used, so the most common letters like the five vowels are worth a point each, while less frequently used letters have higher values. For example, C is worth 3 points, Y is worth 4, K is worth 5, while J is worth 8. The values of every letter used in a word will be added up, so the longer a word, the bigger your score may be.
However, short words can still result in high scores as long as the placement of your higher-scoring letter tiles is good. On the board, there are special squares that can double or triple the value of a letter or a word. For example, you play the word “jet.” If placed on regular squares, the word is worth 9 points. But if you are able to place the letter J on a triple letter square, its value becomes 24, and the total value of the word becomes 26. Or if any of the letters fall on a triple word square, the total word square will be 36 instead of just 9 points! You’ll also score more if your letters land on more than one special square!
You can also earn extra points if you are able to use all of your 7 letters in just one move! You will receive an extra 40 points for this, so better start learning many 7-letter words! Moreover, when the game ends and you win, you can even have additional points if your opponent has tiles remaining.
What are you waiting for? Go mad over Angry Words now!