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Word Search

July 28, 2013 | | Add a Comment

Word Search for AndroidPlaying word games is a great way to pass the time, but at the same time to keep your brain sharp and improve your vocabulary. A simple yet colourful game is Word Search, which is pretty straightforward and very easy to play.

Overview

Word Search was created by Melimots. The letter grid of this game automatically adjusts depending on the device it is played on, so you need not worry about not being able to see the game properly whether you using a tablet or a smartphone. It does not have any flashy or fancy designs, but it can get really colourful as you start finding words and highlighting them. Below the letter grid you’ll see a list of words in alphabetical order. Those words are what you need to find in the grid.

How to Play

Game play is pretty straightforward: with your finger or stylus, drag the letters of the words you need to find. As you join them together, colourful highlighting happens and each word you find has a different color. So when you finish a game of Word Search, you’ll have a very colourful grid filled with hues like blue, red, pink, orange, green, purple, etc.

You can highlight words vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. Some words are tricky to find because you’ll see them in reverse spelling, making you highlight them from the right of the grid to the left or from the bottom upwards. Moreover, some really short words can be found within longer words, so your eyes better be ready for searching them! Each time a word is found it will be scratched off and will be placed at the end of the list. You do not have to find the words according to their order on the list; you can search for them in any order you like.

The words you need to search for come from a wide variety of categories like animals, sports, science, adjectives, and a lot more. The number of categories seems endless! Plus, you do not need to feel any pressure or be daunted by the seemingly great number of words you need to find because there is no time limit! In fact, you can simply exit the game at any point even if you have not found all the words listed and continue searching for them at a later time.

When a game of Word Search ends, you will receive the message “Well done! You have completed this grid in (number) seconds.” The length of time spent completing the puzzle is measured in seconds, so don’t be alarmed if the number seems so big. Just divide the total by 60 to know how many minutes were consumed. In addition, when a game ends, a prompt will appear if your score is enough to reach the list of high scores. You will be asked to enter your name and it will be recorded by the game.

Game Settings

Like its game play, the settings of Word Search are also simple.

First, you can choose from 10 languages including two kinds of English (American and British), two kinds of Portuguese (Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese), German, Spanish, French, Italian, Netherlands, and Polish. With these many languages, you’re sure to enjoy the game wherever part of the world you’re in.

Second, you can pick the theme of the game: light or dark. If you pick the light theme, the letter grid will have a white background with black letters. If you choose to have the dark theme, the letters become white and the background becomes black. The colors of the highlighted words become slightly darker when you play in dark theme. If you’re not the type who’s into colors, you also have the option to play in grayscale.

Don’t worry about having difficulty in reading the letters on the grid. Part of the game’s settings is a 1 to five font size option, allowing you to easily adjust the letters’ size depending on your preference or eyesight. 1 is the smallest, while 5 is the biggest.

Lastly, if you wish to clear the high scores saved by the game, you can also do so in its settings.

There seems to be an infinite number of word games right now and picking which ones to download and play can be a fun task, especially if you include Word Search on your list of downloads. It is a simple yet fun and addicting game that will surely keep you busy.

Wurdle

July 14, 2013 | | Add a Comment

WurdleTo keep themselves entertained during breaks, many people play word games which can also maintain the brain’s sharpness. Aside from productive game play, people also look for word games that are aesthetically pleasing and easy to learn. One of these games is Wurdle, a word search game that is similar to Boggle and Dropwords.

Overview of Wurdle

Wurdle is composed of a usually brightly-colored letter grid. There is a given time limit and you have to find as many words as you can on the grid. The more words you find and the longer they are, the higher your final score will be. The letter grid varies in size from 4×4 to 8×8. What makes this word search game different from others is that it has different customizable features that make game play even more interesting and challenging.

Game Modes

Wurdle has two games modes: classic and pass & play.

In classic mode, the default time limit is two minutes. You play by yourself, which is a good way to improve your word-building skills. Try to beat your record every time you play in this mode.

In pass & play mode, you can play with two to four opponents. There are two ways by which you can have an opponent: online or play on one device. When you play online, each player is given two minutes to form as many words as he or she can. Once everyone has played, the scores of each player are revealed and the one with the highest score wins. If you have only one device but you want to play with a friend or a family member, you can utilize the device by having two Wurdle letter grids on one screen. The two grids are inverted so you and your opponent can find words at the same time within two minutes.

Gameplay and scoring

It is very easy to play Wurdle. You simply have to connect letters diagonally, horizontally, or up and down. As you drag letters with your finger, a red line appears to connect them and every word you form is listed on top of the grid, so you can easily keep track of the words you’ve already played. You will also be informed of the word’s score once it has been formed. The individual letters do not have point values on them, but the longer a word is, the higher points you get, so it’s a good strategy to memorize lengthy words. If the game sounds are enabled, a valid word will trigger a pleasant-sounding tone. When you have only five seconds left, a countdown will begin so you can do some last-minute word building within the remaining seconds. At the end of every game, you will be able to see all the possible words that can be formed from the given letters.

Customizable content

As mentioned earlier, you can customize many of Wurdle’s features.

First, you can pick the size of the letter grid: 4×4, 5×5, 6×6, 7×7, or 8×8. This is great for both Wurdle beginners and experts, so they can play on a grid that’s suited to their playing level. Players can relax with a smaller grid or challenge themselves with a bigger grid.

Second, you can also set the number of minutes to find words. You can limit yourself from 1 up to five minutes, but you also have the option to play untimed. A good way to improve is to set a shorter time limit, but if you just like to enjoy the game, then go for a longer time limit or an untimed game.

The third thing you can customize is the minimum word length. You can test your knowledge of short words by setting the minimum word length at three or four letters, but you can also go for a minimum of five letters to further improve your word-building skills.

Finally, you can also customize the color of your letter grid as well as the background image or wallpaper of the grid. You can choose from a variety of colors like orange, green, red, blue, gray, black, pink, etc. If the colors aren’t enough for you, you can choose to upload a photo from your device’s gallery and use it as the game board background! You can pick a photo that can inspire and motivate you to improve your Wurdle moves or anything that can make the game more entertaining for you.

Ultimately, Wurdle is easy to play and has fun customizable features that can suit any player’s taste.