Category: PC 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.

Lexulous

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LexulousPlaying word puzzles like crosswords is a good way to keep your brain sharp and improve your vocabulary. In addition, you can play many of them against your family or friends, which is a good way to bond with them. One of the classic and most played word puzzles is Scrabble which has spawned similar games including the fun crossword game Lexulous.

History of Lexulous

Lexulous was formerly called Scrabulous, a game developed and run by an Indian company of the same name under the supervision of the brothers Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla. The brothers, having won a lot of Scrabble tournaments, felt that the classic game should have a site where it can be played for free.

At first, the site the brothers created was called BingoBinge in 2005. On July 5, 2006, the site was renamed Scrabulous which then became a popular Facebook application in 2007. However, in 2008, because of some lawsuits involving copyright infringements particularly because of its resemblance to Scrabble, the game was removed from Facebook and the Scrabulous site was also taken down. Later on, the Delhi High Court granted the company to reinstate the game online, but under a different name. Hence, on September 27, 2008, the new website was launched with the name Lexulous and, in January 2009, the game also returned to Facebook. It has an average of at least half a million Facebook users per month.

How to play

First, you need to choose what kind of game you’d like to play: online or offline. If you play it online, you can sign in with your Facebook account, your email, or even your phone contacts. Using your Facebook account to play the game means your opponents will be your friends. If you use your email, you will be asked for a username and password and Lexulous will create an account for you. If you play the game offline, you will be presented with three options: play against your device (the AI), yourself (solitaire), or against an opponent (play and pass). If you choose the latter two, you will be asked to choose the dictionary you prefer: US or UK English, French, or Italian.

Whichever mode you pick, the first player (usually you go first), needs to begin forming a word that will include the star in the center of the board. Depending on your location or the version of the game you’re playing, you can have either 7 or 8 letter tiles. On the game’s website, players outside Canada and the US have 7 tiles. Words can be formed horizontally and vertically, and whether you are playing against an opponent or yourself, you take turns in making a move.

A total of 88 (including two blanks that can stand for any letter) tiles are available and with each move you make, fresh tiles will appear on your rack. To form a word, drag the letters on the grid, although this is usually necessary for just the first few letters of a word because once the game identifies the direction of your move, all you need to do is tap the remaining letters and they will automatically be included in the word you are forming. To submit your word, tap the play button.

If you can’t seem to find a word to form, you can either swap or pass. You can swap all of your tiles if you wish. Whether you swap or pass, a prompt will appear asking you if you’re sure about your decision or if you would like to cancel it. You can also check the validity of a word before playing it by doing a dictionary search. In addition, the remaining tiles of the game including their amount can be viewed, so you can make strategic moves.

The game ends when one player uses up all of his or her tiles and the one with the higher score wins. A game will also end if both players pass twice in a row.

Scoring

Each letter tile has a corresponding point value which can be seen on the actual tile and the values range from 1 to 12 points. The total value of a word is determined by getting the sum of the letters’ point values.

Although longer words are helpful, sometimes, short but strategically formed words can also yield big points. There are special coloured squares on the board that can significantly increase your score especially when letters with high point values are placed on them. These either double or triple your word or letter score. The letters Q and Z are worth 12 points each, so if you are able to place them on a triple letter square, their value alone becomes 36 points!

When a game ends, you can earn additional points if you win against your opponent because the sum of his or her remaining tiles will be added to your total score.

Lexulous is a game that can greatly improve your Lexicon and its letter tiles have higher values compared to other word games. Not many word games can be played online and offline, and that makes this game more appealing. It also has plenty of options as to who your opponent will be, including yourself!