No, this isn’t a game that involves women and their words. What other meaning of “chick” can you think of? That’s right, this game actually involves chickens! It was originally created as “Fowl Words,” but it was eventually changed because people might confuse it with the word “foul,” which may hinder them from checking the game out. With so many word games out there, what makes Chicktionary worth playing and how is it played?
What is Chicktionary?
Chicktionary is a variation of the word games Word Twist and Anagrams. At the top part of the game, there is an egg rack. The egg rack has several rows of three- to seven-letter words represented by eggs. The eggs are initially blank, but every time you form a valid word, it is revealed in the corresponding egg row. So for example, you are able to form the word “lie,” then it will appear in one of the three-letter word egg rows. The number of rows per two-, three-, four-, five-, six-, and seven-letter words corresponds to the number of words you can create per group from the letters below the egg rack.
Below the egg rack are seven chickens. The seven chickens have a letter on each of them. There is one or two major words that can use up all the letters and you are given bonus points when you are able to get it or them.
There are two options you can use to form words. One is by tapping or clicking a chicken and then submitting it. The other is to type the letters into the words you want to form and pressing enter. It is easy to know if a word is valid or not because the “word” label lights up (in green) when you form a legitimate word. In addition, you can also monitor the words you’ve already formed because of the “duplicate” label that turns red when a word has already been used. You can also look at the egg rack to review the words you’ve already formed.
The points you get will depend on the length of the words you form. Three-letter words are worth a hundred points each, four-letter words will give you 200 points, five-letter words get you 400 points apiece, six-letter words are worth 800 points, and you earn a whopping 1, 600 points for every seven-letter word. You get an extra 10, 000 points if you get to form all the words!
In addition, before every round, you are asked to make a bet as to how many words you think you can form. You are given three options for every wager and each one has corresponding bonus points. For example, for your first round, you are asked to choose from 8, 13, and 19 words. If you find 8 words, you get a thousand extra points, 3000 for 13 words, and 10, 000 for 19 words. Aside from getting bonus points, you need to reach the number of words you bet in order to move on to the next round. As you progress, the number of words you can bet on increases. Also, if you fail to reach the number of words you bet, the game will end.
Scrambler and Trix
Don’t know what word to form? You can shuffle the letters by clicking the scrambler button or if you’re using a tablet, just shake it. You can also drag the chickens into different positions to have a different perspective and hopefully get to form more words.
The game also has two ways you can get hints. These are Free Bird and Beak Sneak. With Free Bird, you are given one entire word for free. With Beak Sneak, one letter in each word is shown. You can use them whenever you seem to have difficulty in forming words.
Chicktionary has two game modes: timed and untimed. The timed version allows you to form words within 120 seconds per round, which is definitely challenging. If you don’t want to feel any pressure, you can go for the untimed mode.
The newer version of Chicktionary is Chicktionary Coop. Players can earn golden eggs as the game’s currency and use them to buy virtual stuff like clothes for the seven chickens, making the game more fun and colourful. It has the same rules and gameplay, so it isn’t confusing.
Playing free word games like Chicktionary is a great way to bond with kids or to simply have fun while learning. Whether you opt for free word games or paid ones, this game should be on your download list!