Nowadays, 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.
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.
One 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.
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.
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!