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Word Game

Make words from a pile of 7 random letters against the clock for high score. Many game play twists make this highly addictive and unique. US and UK spellings from a professional word list.

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News

Please see the blog for news and changelogs.

A FAQ is available at the bottom of this page here.

Pro Version

A paid for 'Pro' version is available. The differences between Pro and standard are:

- Removes Ads

- Unlimited words (standard is caped at 100)

- Practice mode

Instructions

Select letters from the 'Rack' in the middle of the screen to form a word of 3 or more letters. Press the 'Submit word' button when your word is complete. If the word matches one in the dictionary then a score is calculated by adding the values of the letters in the word. See later for other scoring rules. The letters used are removed from the rack and are replaced with the next ones from the 'Pile' at the bottom of the screen. Also extra time is allocated to you if the word length is 4 or more.

Press the 'Shuffle' button at any time to rearrage the letters in the rack, to maybe give you inspiration. Press the 'Clear' button to clear your letter selection and start again.

Under each letter in the rack is an 'X' button that can be used to remove that letter from the rack and be replaced with the next letter from the pile. The X button is only available 3 seconds after the rack has been refilled.

Scoring

Combo - For every word you make greater than 3 in length a point is added to your combo meter. The current value of your combo is added to all word scores.

Double/Triple word scores - After a correct word of 6 or 7 letters, the next word scores double points. If the next word is also a 6/7 letter word, then the next word scores triple!

Blanks - A blank letter scores no points, but matches any letter. The chance of a blank increases with words matched.

Dictionary

The dictionary is a subset (word length 3 to 7) of the CSW12 or TWL06 word lists used in tournament Scrabble. For more information see this CSW12 article or this TWL06 article.

Letter values

The following table details the letter vaules:

Letter Value
A, E, I, N, O, R, S, T, U 1
D, G 2
B, C, M, P 3
F, H, V, W, Y 4
K 5
J, X 8
Q, Z 10

Letter probability

The following table details the rough probabilities that any given letter may be placed on the pile:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M
0.08 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.12 0.02 0.025 0.025 0.065 0.01 0.01 0.035 0.03
N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
0.065 0.075 0.02 0.01 0.065 0.05 0.075 0.035 0.015 0.02 0.01 0.02 0.01

This data is only rough as there are separate algorithms in place to ensure that you don't get a run of vowels or consonants.

Hidden Words

A number of words are hidden in the game for you to find. These words are arranged into 7 categories.

FAQ

The game is not saving my game / hi scores / statistics? It used to, so whats wrong?

I recently removed Google copy protection from the game. This was to allow people with dev phones access and it reduces the memory foot print for everyone. Users with previously installed versions with copy protection who then overwrite it with the new unprotected version could see this problem. If you do please uninstall, reset and reinstall.

The game wont download (pro)

Almost all queries I get from people who say the Pro version wont download involve a disputed payment in Google Checkout. Please check for emails from them, or log on to your Checkout account to investigate.

Why does the game require internet access?

In order to support the uploading of hi score data to this web site.

Why can I not pause the game anymore?

The nature of the game means that pausing could allow potential of cheating. If a game is closed whilst being played, an option to resume is available.

How do I uninstall the game?

I believe there is an option to uninstall in Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Word Game. If that doesn't work, try restarting the phone and trying again.