Category: PC 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!

Word Whomp

July 14, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Word WhompA fun and effective way to enrich the vocabulary of children or young students is to let them play word games. One of the most appealing word games among kids and adults alike is Word Whomp, a game that involves letters and gophers.

Overview

A gopher is a type of rodent which means that it resembles a squirrel or a rat. 6 Gophers are the adorable stars of Word Whomp. Each gopher carries a piece of wood that has a letter. You need to use those letters to form as many words as you can within the given time limit. The words should have a minimum word length of 3 letters. There are bonuses, badges, tokens, and a lot more goals you can aim for, making the game even more exciting.

How to play

When you whomp something or someone, it means you hit it or that person heavily. In Word Whomp, the gophers are whomped every time you use a letter. You can spell words in two ways: you can either tap or click the letters you need or simply type them to spell words. After forming a word, tap the “Enter” button.

At the top part of your screen, you’ll see blank boxes which are grouped together; this grouping corresponds to the word lengths of the words you can form using the 6 letters held by the gophers. Every time you spell out a valid word, it will appear in one of the rows of empty boxes. These boxes are helpful in keeping track of the words you have already played.

Below the letter-holding gophers is a gopher assigned to digging. Each correct word you play makes the gopher dig within a certain distance and take out a carrot or a turnip. The longer your word, the farther the digging gopher will go. Every distance covered brings the gopher nearer to one huge carrot called the spin carrot, which gives you an additional 20 points and rewards you with bonuses like additional tokens (the number will depend on the difficulty level) and a jackpot spin. Munching on the spin carrot will activate the Jackpot spinner as soon as the game ends. If it lands on the word “Jackpot,” you will receive the jackpot amount located on the left side of the screen. This amount increases as you play, so it can get really big as you play the game Word Whomp longer.

If you get all the words and reach the big turnip (The Last Word Turnip) at the end, you get an additional 50 points, plus 200 more tokens!

Scoring

The longer a word is, the more points it yields. Every letter is worth 10 points. If you get all the words and there is still some time remaining, you are also given additional points depending on how many seconds remain. Each second can be worth 10, 20, or 50 points each, depending on the difficulty level.

One of the words for each level has gold boxes. This is the special word which rewards you with an additional 100 points and 15 seconds will be added to the game clock.

When the game ends, you can get one token for every 10 points you score.

Skill Levels

Word Whomp allows players to adjust the difficulty level of each game. You can change the timer, distance, and bonus points.

The lower a level, the longer time you have to form words, so if you want a bigger challenge, you can play the more difficult levels that have a shorter time limit.

You can also change the distance that the digging gopher needs to cover from the starting point to the spin carrot and the last word turnip. A longer distance can motivate you to play longer words to reach those bonus vegetables.

You get bigger bonus points if the difficulty level of a Word Whomp game is high, so to maximize them, do your best to play harder levels.

Word Whomp Ranks and Badges

You can go through 70 ranks in Word Whomp and each rank requires a certain number of words for you to move on to the next rank. Every rank name is unique and can be funny. Some examples are Gopher Dentures, Baby’s Diaper, Disco Record, and many more. As for the badges, there are seven to collect: Winky, Slurpy, Meany, Stinky, Flippy, Smiley, and Rummy. They are the seven gophers that make up Word Whomp. Like the ranks, they require a certain number of anagrams for you to collect them

Word Whomp has fun graphics, cool sound effects, easy gameplay, and many more interesting features that make it a word game worth playing.