Category: iPhone Word Games

TextTwist

August 2, 2013 | | Add a Comment

TextTwistOne of the earliest word games I remember playing on a personal computer was TextTwist. I became so obsessed with it that I would stay up late at night to finish “just one level more” but of course I’d end up completing more levels. These days, this classic word game can also be played on the Internet. Playing Text Twist online is as good as playing it on a mobile device and now there’s even Text Twist 2, doubling the fun!

History of TextTwist

Not many are aware that this classic game was based on another word game called Jumble. Jumble came into prominence in 1954, but it still appears in various newspapers today. Jumble puzzles are usually composed of 4 base puzzles, an illustration that serves a clue, and a set of jumbled words that need to be rearranged to form an anagram. When the base puzzles are solved, some of the letters are contained within circles. You need to get these encircled letters and arrange them to form a phrase or a sentence that is related to the illustration provided along with its caption.

TextTwist is a Java game developed by GameHouse and has similar gameplay as Jumble minus the illustration and the need to figure out a phrase or sentence. The original version had limited features as it was also a freeware edition. In December 12, 2001, Super TextTwist was released in the US. It had a wider vocabulary than the original version and personal high scores could be saved in the players’ own boards. In addition, it became available for purchase-downloading. The latest version of the game is Text Twist 2.

How to play

Regardless of version, gameplay is still the same: you are given 6 letters to form as many words as you can. The letters are inside white balls and above them are blank boxes where you input the words you want to submit. To play a word simply type in the letters or you can click each letter to spell the word you wish to form. To submit a word, just hit the enter key on your keyboard or click the enter button of the game. To find more words, you can click the twist button to rearrange the letters. To erase letters, you can either use your keyboard’s backspace key or click the clear button of the game.

On the left part of the game, you will see rows of three, four, five, and six empty boxes. These boxes represent the words you can form from the given 6 letters. If a word you submit is valid, it will appear in its corresponding row, allowing you to monitor the words you have already played and give you an idea on the word lengths of the words you have not yet submitted. To move on to the next round, you are required to get at least one word that uses up all the 6 letters, making the game even more challenging. If you don’t get a 6-letter word, the game ends and a prompt appears if your final score makes it to the list of high scores.

Scoring

The longer the words you form, the higher your points will be. 3-letter words are worth 90 points each, 4-letter words are worth 160 points each, while 5-letter words are worth 250 apiece. In addition, a huge score bonus is given if you are able to get all the words, so always do your best to complete each level and not just get at least one 6-letter word.

Game modes

There are two game modes to choose from: timed and untimed. If you simply want to enjoy playing the game and simply practice your word building skills, go for the untimed mode. However, if you like a bit of a challenge, then choose the timed mode which starts at 2 minutes and 30 seconds. As you go along, this time limit will decrease, giving you a greater challenge.

Text Twist 2

As mentioned earlier, this version is the latest one. It was last updated in April 2013. Aside from the two original game modes (timed and untimed), it has 3 additional ones: word of the day, lightning, and crossword. In addition, you can even choose the maximum word length when playing! There’s the original 6, but you can also opt to go with 7 or 8-letter words. Moreover, you have the option to pass a word, but you can only do so twice.

Whether you play Text Twist online or on your mobile device, there’s no doubt that it is one of the most well-loved classic word games ever!

Angry Words

July 28, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Angry WordsThe 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.

 

Scoring

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!