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Word Twist

August 17, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Word TwistNowadays, word puzzles particularly word search games are very popular. One of the classic ones is Text Twist, which has spawned similar games including Word Warp, Word Jumble, Word Frenzy, and the colourful Word Twist. If you’re using a Windows Phone, you’re probably already familiar with the game.

Introduction to Word Twist

Microsoft Windows isn’t just an operating system for computers; it also about being a mobile operating system, the Windows Phone. And just like other mobile device with different operating systems, there are games that can be downloaded and played through Windows Phone, including Word Twist. The game is supported by both Windows Phone 8 and Windows 7.5. Currently, it is one of the top 5 games for Windows Phone and it was last updated earlier in June.

It is easy to understand how the game works: you simply have to form as many words as you can with the given 6 letters each round. The words should have at least 3 letters and to move on to the next round, you need to find the word that includes all 6 letters. Depending on the mode you’re in, there is usually a time limit of 2 minutes.

Game modes

Before starting a new game, you need to choose a game mode and you have four to pick from: classic, all or nothing, blind, and kids.

In classic mode, you get to build words within two minutes only. Playing in this mode will definitely put your word building skills to the test as you can motivate yourself to do well given that there’s a time limit. If you do not like being pressured, then you can play the kids mode.

In the all or nothing mode, you are given a longer time limit: 3 minutes. However, there is a catch: you need to figure out ALL the words that can be formed using the 6 jumbled letters! Otherwise, you will lose the game! It’s a bit of a challenge, but you’ll have a great sense of fulfilment if you are able to do it! Plus, this mode thoroughly exercises your word building skills, so give it a try from time to time.

The blind mode has the same rules as the classic mode, except it does not have hint boxes that inform you of the number of 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-letter words that can be formed with the given 6 letters. It can be quite difficult, but challenging enough for you to strictly play the game without any help.

Finally, you have the kids mode, and as it name says, well, it is ideal for children. It does not have a time limit and only 8 words are needed to advance to the next round. Even if you aren’t a kid, you can play this mode if you just want to relax for a while or take a break from playing the other more challenging modes.

How to play

Basically, you just tap the letters you need to spell out a word and tap the enter button to submit it. Above the 6 jumbled letters are blank boxes where the letters appear when you type them. In addition, there are also multi-coloured empty boxes which represent the number of words you can form. The green ones are for 3-letter words, while 4-letter words appear in the yellow boxes. 5-letter words appear in the orange boxes and the red boxes are reserved for the 6-letter word. Each word’s score will depend on its word length, so to get a good score you need to get all the correct words, or at least all the highest scoring ones like the 5-6-letter words. To scramble the letters, tap the twist button. At the end of each round, regardless of the mode you’re in, all the words will appear in their respective boxes and you can learn their definitions by tapping them.

Compared to other word games

What makes Word Twist unique from other word puzzles is its consideration for its young players. Although other word games also have different modes, Word Twist has a mode specifically tailored for children. Moreover, aside from being able to pick a mode, players can also choose the level of difficulty of a round – easy, medium, and hard. In addition, the game has achievements that players can complete like finding a certain number of words and playing a certain number of rounds in one sitting. You can also keep track of the number of rounds you’ve played through the game statistics.

If you’re looking for an alternative game that’s similar to Text Twist, then Word Twist is a game you should definitely have on your Windows Phone.

Words with J

August 3, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Words with JDid you know that the last letter added to the alphabet was the letter J? Thanks to the Italian Renaissance grammarian named Gian Giorgio Trissino (aka father of the letter J) words with J started to exist. The letter J was originally not a letter at all. It was used simply as a finishing letter to Roman numerals ending in “I”. It was not until 1524 when both I and J were distinguished from each other.

Funny words with J

Jabberwocky

The word is actually from a nonsensical poem “Jaberwocky” which is a sequel of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Based on the literary piece from which it was derived, jabberwocky means nonsense, babble, or gibberish. Its meaning comes from the way it was used in the poem itself. Over time, jabberwocky gained several meanings and has been widely used in famous literary pieces and adapted in various media and entertainment forms.

Jackalope

No factual or scientific data is available to describe a jackalope since it is a mythical creature from North American folklore. It is described as a mammal that resembles a jackrabbit but with horns. It was claimed to have existed during the 1800 and became extinct a decade or so before the year 1900.

Katzenjammer

Derived from the German language, katzenjammer is one of the words with J that refers to an animal sound, specifically the sound produced by a wailing cat. It may also mean a depressing state of emotion or may be associated with a hangover as result of alcohol.

 

In the world of word games, the letter J is one of the valuable and scarce letters. For instance, the value of the letter J in Hasbro’s Scrabble is 8 (2nd highest value) while it is 10 (highest score) in Bertheussen IT’s Wordfeud and Zynga’s Words with Friends. A comprehensive list of non-proper noun words with J is clearly very useful to Scrabble, Wordfeud, and Words with Friends players.

List of Words with J

Two-Letter words with J

JA and JO are the only valid 2-letter words with j.

JA is the German form of yes. Although ja is a valid word in the international tournament play, it is not found in Merriam-Webster’s Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, 4th Edition.

JO is another word for sweetheart, darling or beloved one. Its plural form is “joes” and it traces its origin back to the Scots.

Add “Y” to JA and JO and you will form “jay” and “joy.” These two high-scoring words can become more high-scoring when you use them to make parallel plays (forming words parallel to each other).

Three-Letter words with J

HAJ, RAJ and TAJ are the only valid 3-letter words ending with j.

HAJ is an Arabic word which means “pilgrimage.” HAJ is a variant of hadj and hajj.

RAJ is a Hindi word. Among its synonyms are rule, govern, and sovereignty.

TAJ is of Persian and Arabic origins. It means “crown” or “crest”. In Muslim countries, it is the term used to refer to the tall, canonical (sometimes curved) caps distinctively worn by male and female Muslims. The Taj Mahal in India is the most well-known and photographed mausoleum in the world.

There are 22 more valid 3-letter J words, these are JAB, JAG, JAM, JAR, JAW, JAY, JEE, JET, JEU, JIB, JIG, JIN, JOB, JOE, JOG, JOT, JOW, JOY, JUG, JUN, JUS, and JUT.

Four-Letter words with J

JINX, JOKY and JEUX are J words that would assure you of at least 18 points each time you play them (provided you are using no blanks).

JINX may mean “to bring bad luck” but playing the word “jinx” definitely means good fortune to the player.

JOKY is an adjective used to describe something or someone funny. Its variant is jokey.

JEUX is the plural form of the French word jeu – “game”.

Five-Letter words with J

Ten of the highest-scoring 5-letter words with J are JACKY, JIFFY, JIMMY, JEMMY, JUMPY, JOKEY, JUNKY, JIMPY, JAMMY and JERKY.

JACKY and JIFFY, without blank tiles; these two words are worth at least 21 points each. JACKY, written in lowercase, is another word for sailor. Native Australians are collectively called Jacky or Jackie (with letter J written in uppercase). JIFFY, the origin of this word is uncertain. Its synonyms include instant, second, and flash.

The following words are worth at least 19 points each: JIMMY, JEMMY, JUMPY, JOKEY, JUNKY, JIMPY, JAMMY and JERKY. JIMMY (US) and JEMMY (British) both refer to a crowbar used to forcibly open doors.

Six-Letter words with J

MUZJIK, BANJAX and HIJACK are the top 3 highest scoring 6-letter J words. MUZJIK is worth at least 28 points, while the remaining two are each worth 22 points.

MUZJIK or muzhik is a Russian word for “peasant”. Muzjiks, JOUSTED, JUKEBOX and FLAPJACK are words with J which are in HowStuffWorks.com’s list of 20 words a scrabble player must know.