Category: Android Word Games

WordsWorth

August 17, 2013 | | Add a Comment

WordsWorthThese days, you can do so many things using your smartphone or tablet like going online, paying bills, preparing documents, watching movies, and playing games. There are plenty of mobile and online games to choose from, so downloading them is already half the fun. Word games are some of the most downloaded and played because of their colourful interface, easy mechanics, and challenging yet rewarding game play, and WordsWorth is one of those games.

Introduction to WordsWorth

WordsWorth was released in 2008 by 99Games and is engineered at Robosoft. It is currently at version 4.3.4, with the latest update released in May just this year. It is a word search game that has a colourful interface and fun graphics, plus other various features that make it even more entertaining. It can be played Android, iOS, and Mac devices, so there are plenty of chances to enjoy it.

How to play

Before playing, you will need to choose whether you would like to play solo or with an opponent. In addition, you get to pick a game mode. Moreover, you can also choose the minimum word size (3, 4, or 5-letter words), the size of the letter grid (4 up to 7), and the maximum shuffle count (0-3).

Like other word search games, you can build words in WordsWorth through two ways: tapping and swiping. Tap the letters of the word you wish to form and as you tap them, the word will appear on the top part of your screen. Once you’ve formed the word, you need to tap the complete word on top of the screen. If you opt to swipe, you drag your finger over the letters as you spell a word out. Once you lift your finger off the screen, your word will automatically be submitted if it is valid.

If you find yourself stuck at finding a word, use the shuffle button to get a new set of letters. However, you will be warned about receiving a timed tile. Plus, using the shuffle button is limited to up to 3 times only, so use it wisely.

Score-wise, the longer a word, the higher your score will be, especially if you use special tiles that carry bonuses. Along with the words you form, their total value is also displayed before being submitted.

Game modes

WordsWorth has three game modes: classic, timed, and tumble.

In classic mode, you play at a relaxed place because there is no time limit unless a timed tile appears in the grid. If you aren’t able to use a timed tile to form a word within the given time limit, the tile will explode and the game ends.

If you want a little challenge, go for the timed mode. You are given a minute and a half to build as many words as you can. The game ends when the time is up or when a timed tile remains unused.

Double the challenge by playing in tumble mode. In the other two modes, the honeycomb-shaped grid is already filled with letters once a game of WordsWorth begins. In tumble mode, however, the letters trickle in one at a time. Your goal is to prevent the tiles from reaching the top, otherwise the game will end. In addition, there is also a time limit here, so not only are you racing to stop the tiles from overflowing, you also race against time.

These three game modes can be played when you’re in a single player game. When you’re up against a random opponent, you simply find a word and you get another turn once your opponent has submitted his or her word.

Tiles

There are various kinds of tiles in this game. The default WordsWorth tiles are brown/yellow in color, while green tiles give you bonuses when you use them to build words. Gold tiles give you even bigger bonuses, so make sure to use them as soon as they appear. A defuse tile is used to clear all the timed tiles on the grid and it is easy to spot because of its red color. If you need an extra shuffle count, use the yellow-orange auto shuffle time as it scrambles the game without any penalty and using it does not decrease the amount of shuffles you have. In timed mode, you can use the green time gainer tiles to get an additional 10 seconds. There are also different reward tiles that can get you more bonus points and help you form words like the wildcard tile that can represent any letter. Beware of timed tiles that are red and have a shocked face on them.

WordsWorth is more fun than other word games because of its different customizable features that cater to the different word-building levels of its players. It has a wide variety of colourful tiles that can attract people of all ages and its modes offer different challenges that can motivate you to do better.

Wordoid!

August 17, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Wordoid!Today, Android is one of the most popular operating systems among touchscreen smartphones and tablets. A wide variety of apps are compatible with Android devices and a lot of those apps are free word games, including the simple yet fun game Wordoid! This app for Android can improve your spelling and word building skills.

Introduction

The game was invented by Sean Wilson and was released more than two years ago on March 15, 2011. It is both a word search and spelling game that uses the “let’s trace” font designed by James Kilfiger and released under the SIL open font license. It has easy mechanics and a simple yet cute interface that’s sure to keep you spelling!

How to play

The goal of the Wordoid is to search and spell out as many words as you can in a 5×5 letter grid within a time limit of 2 minutes. The words you submit must be at least 3 letters long and there is no maximum word length to constrict you from building longer words. The letters you use will be replaced with new ones.

To build a word, tap the adjacent letters that will spell it and then tap the last letter of the word to submit it. As you tap letters, they will be highlighted in pink and darker pink arrows will also guide you. The letters you tap will appear on top of the grid and if a word is valid, it will also include the number of points you will receive if you choose to submit it. Invalid words are in black font and do not include any points, while valid words are in green font. Aside from non-existent words, invalid ones include hyphenated and abbreviated words as well as proper nouns.

In every level, you are required to get a certain number of points before advancing to the next level. This requirement increases as you go along in increments of 3 points. So in Level 1, you need to get 20 points to move on to Level 2, which has a required score of 23 points before advancing to Level 3, and so on. The required number of points is located on the lower right portion of your screen, below the letter grid. If you fail to reach the requirement, the game will end. When the game ends, you will see your final score, the total number of words you’ve spelled and the longest word submitted.

On the lower left side of your screen, also found below the letter grid, is your total score. It is automatically updated every time you submit a valid word and as you progress to other levels. Between the score and the required number of points is the timer.

Wordoid Scoring

As a general rule, words with more letters earn you more points than submitting shorter ones. 3-letter words are worth 1 point each, while 4-letter words are worth 4 points each. 5-letter and 6-letter words are worth 9 and 16 points each respectively. Longer words are worth more, so do your best to spell out words with at least 5 letters!

There are also orange tiles that appear randomly as you play. These orange tiles reward you with additional points when used to build words. The bonus will depend on the length of the word it is used in. For example, a 3-letter word with an orange tile becomes 4 points instead of the usual 1 point, while a 4-letter word with an orange tile becomes 9 points instead of just 4. More than one orange tile can be used when forming words, so the more orange tiles you use, the bigger your bonus will be! A 3-letter word with two orange tiles is worth 9 points already, what more if you use them in longer words?

There are also tiles with a question mark on them. These tiles can be used to represent any letter and using them does not affect your score – normal scoring happens unless you combine them with orange tiles.

Compared to other word games

Wordoid isn’t as flashy or graphics rich as other word games, but its simplicity is compensated by its cute font and fun gameplay. It doesn’t have achievements that can be unlocked, but it can keep you motivated to play more because of its target score per level. It also has a simpler and easier to understand scoring system. If you like playing against others, Wordoid doesn’t have a multi-player option, but it’s still engaging enough to play.

Wordoid should definitely be one of the free word games you should check out. It is an app for Android worth downloading and playing.