Category: iPhone Word Games
When you hear or read about the Microsoft Corporation, what first comes to mind? Most if not all people will answer “computers” or “software” because that is the company is best known for. However, aside from computer stuff and software, Microsoft has also develops and publishes games (think the Xbox series!) and one of them is Wordament.
Introduction to Wordament
A portmanteau of “word” and “tournament,” this Microsoft game is basically a you-vs-the-Internet game. It is a word-finding tournament with games happening 24-7 and your main goal is to be the best word searcher! You can play even in the middle of a game, so you don’t have to worry about remembering a schedule. All players (more popularly called Wordamentalists) play on only one board online and compete to get the best score in real time. Every game is limited to two minutes and the player with the highest score after the given time limit is declared the winner.
Originally, the game was just a side project of two employees of Windows Live. Later on, it was acquired and published as a registered trademark by Microsoft Game Studios. It was released on April 1, 2011 and it can be played via Xbox for Windows Phone, Windows 8, and the web. In addition, on December 22, 2012, an iOS version was released, so Wordament can also be played on the iPhone and is available on the App Store for free.
How to play
One simple movement is required to play the game: swiping! You can form words that are at least 3 letters long by swiping letters in any direction: horizontally, vertically, diagonally, backwards, and forward. Use your finger to drag the letters to spell out words. As long as the adjacent letters you swipe form valid words, then you’re off to becoming a certified word searcher! As your finger passes each letter tile, it will be highlighted and the word you are spelling appears on top of the letter grid. This feature serves as your guide in word formation as well as viewing the letters. If the word you have built is valid, it will turn green once your finger is lifted off the grid. If the word is something you have already found, then it will turn yellow. Lastly, invalid or illegal words turn red.
Every new and valid word you build will increase your word count and of course, your score. Both are automatically updated. Generally, the longer a word you form, the higher your score will be.
There are 16 letter tiles on the 4×4 grid and each tile has a corresponding value. So aside from word length, the letters you use can also significantly affect your score. The point values of the letter tiles range from 1-12 points, depending on their frequency of use. For example, the most commonly used vowel is the letter E, so it is worth just a point, along with the letter I. The letters A and O are worth 2 points each, while the least commonly used vowel U is worth 5 points. On the other hand, some of the higher scoring consonants are W with 6 points, Z with 8 points, and Q with 10 points. Moreover, some tiles carry double letters like Ed, Er, Qu and Ra or the triple letter-tile MIS which is worth 12 points! Tiles with more than one letter can easily increase your score especially if you use them to build longer words. Other tiles contain “either/or” letters like I/V (worth 20 points!) meaning you can use the tile to spell out words that need either an I or a V.
Aside from the total value of the letters you use, multipliers also play a part in determining your final score. The multiplier bonus depends on how long a word is. Words with 4-5 letters are worth 1.5x more, while 6-7-letter words are doubled. For even longer words with at least 8 letters, the total word score is tripled! So as much as possible, form words that are at least four letters long to have more multipliers.
Wordament vs other word games
What makes Wordament different from other word games is the fact that it can be played at any time without the inconvenience of waiting for an opponent to play before you take another turn. There’s also no need to initiate game play because the game does it for you: continuous game play every two minutes or so. Moreover, other word search games have only one special tile, most particularly Qu, whereas in Wordament, there are more word building opportunities because of tiles that carry more than one letter and the either/or letter tiles. Ultimately, it is a unique word game that offers non-stop fun and competition.
These 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.
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.
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.