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Wordoid!

August 17, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Wordoid!Today, Android is one of the most popular operating systems among touchscreen smartphones and tablets. A wide variety of apps are compatible with Android devices and a lot of those apps are free word games, including the simple yet fun game Wordoid! This app for Android can improve your spelling and word building skills.

Introduction

The game was invented by Sean Wilson and was released more than two years ago on March 15, 2011. It is both a word search and spelling game that uses the “let’s trace” font designed by James Kilfiger and released under the SIL open font license. It has easy mechanics and a simple yet cute interface that’s sure to keep you spelling!

How to play

The goal of the Wordoid is to search and spell out as many words as you can in a 5×5 letter grid within a time limit of 2 minutes. The words you submit must be at least 3 letters long and there is no maximum word length to constrict you from building longer words. The letters you use will be replaced with new ones.

To build a word, tap the adjacent letters that will spell it and then tap the last letter of the word to submit it. As you tap letters, they will be highlighted in pink and darker pink arrows will also guide you. The letters you tap will appear on top of the grid and if a word is valid, it will also include the number of points you will receive if you choose to submit it. Invalid words are in black font and do not include any points, while valid words are in green font. Aside from non-existent words, invalid ones include hyphenated and abbreviated words as well as proper nouns.

In every level, you are required to get a certain number of points before advancing to the next level. This requirement increases as you go along in increments of 3 points. So in Level 1, you need to get 20 points to move on to Level 2, which has a required score of 23 points before advancing to Level 3, and so on. The required number of points is located on the lower right portion of your screen, below the letter grid. If you fail to reach the requirement, the game will end. When the game ends, you will see your final score, the total number of words you’ve spelled and the longest word submitted.

On the lower left side of your screen, also found below the letter grid, is your total score. It is automatically updated every time you submit a valid word and as you progress to other levels. Between the score and the required number of points is the timer.

Wordoid Scoring

As a general rule, words with more letters earn you more points than submitting shorter ones. 3-letter words are worth 1 point each, while 4-letter words are worth 4 points each. 5-letter and 6-letter words are worth 9 and 16 points each respectively. Longer words are worth more, so do your best to spell out words with at least 5 letters!

There are also orange tiles that appear randomly as you play. These orange tiles reward you with additional points when used to build words. The bonus will depend on the length of the word it is used in. For example, a 3-letter word with an orange tile becomes 4 points instead of the usual 1 point, while a 4-letter word with an orange tile becomes 9 points instead of just 4. More than one orange tile can be used when forming words, so the more orange tiles you use, the bigger your bonus will be! A 3-letter word with two orange tiles is worth 9 points already, what more if you use them in longer words?

There are also tiles with a question mark on them. These tiles can be used to represent any letter and using them does not affect your score – normal scoring happens unless you combine them with orange tiles.

Compared to other word games

Wordoid isn’t as flashy or graphics rich as other word games, but its simplicity is compensated by its cute font and fun gameplay. It doesn’t have achievements that can be unlocked, but it can keep you motivated to play more because of its target score per level. It also has a simpler and easier to understand scoring system. If you like playing against others, Wordoid doesn’t have a multi-player option, but it’s still engaging enough to play.

Wordoid should definitely be one of the free word games you should check out. It is an app for Android worth downloading and playing.

 

How to Play Chicktionary

May 9, 2013 | | Add a Comment

chicktionaryNo, 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.

Forming words

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.

Scoring

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.

Game modes

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.

 

Chicktionary Coop

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!