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.
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.
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.