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Introducing: Words Online

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Words Online is a word searching/erasing puzzle game that combines Scrabble, Jewels and Boggle. In the game, players connect conjunctive bubbles to form valid words, and gain scores, bonuses and power-ups that can be used against the opponent. There are 8 directions for movement, and 4 power-ups to be used: self score boost, opponent score contract, opponent game board frozen and self game shuffle. You also get a chance to gain score multiplier during game, either x2 or x3. The first player who gains the required score wins the game. The game is also known as Words, Word Search, Word Drop, Scramble, Scrabble.

General Rules

The game is played by touching and connecting letter bubbles to form valid English words (or other languages in the future). When the touch is released from the screen, the game judges the correctness of the word and assigns points, bonuses and power-ups to the player. In a real-time online game, 2 players compete against each other and whoever gets to 300 points wins the game.

There are 6×6 letter bubbles in the game board to be used. Once a word is connected, it is removed from the board and new letters are refilled. Each letter has certain points assigned, and are gained by the player when it is removed from board. There is a special letter ? that can be used as a wildcard to help player form words.

For example: Touch and move from B -> ? -> L -> L, as shown in below, will form a word B?LL in next image.

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When you release touch, game will find a matching word ‘BALL‘ for you and give points:

Game Score Calculation

Your game score is calculated by 3 elements: Basic points, Multiplier and Bonus.

Score for each word = Basic Points * Multiplier + Bonus

  • Basic Points: On the top right corner of each letter is the basic points. When you remove a letter, you gain the basic points.
  • Multiplier: Some letters are assigned a multiplier randomly in game, which when removed will grant multipliers to basic points for double or triple.
  • Bonus: When you make a word, the length decides bonus. 4-letter word gets 5 bonus points, 5-letter word gets 10, 6-letter word gets 20, 7 and up-letter word gets 40.

For example:

  • When you connect G(5) O(6) O(x2) D(x3), your basic points are 5+6=11, your multiplier is (x2x3=x6) and bonus is 5. So you get points 11*6+5=71.
  • Another example, when you connect I(x2) S(x3), your basic point will be 1 (default point when no basic points available), your multiplier is x6 and bonus is 0. So you get points 1*6+0=6.

As you can see, to gain a good score in short time, you need to use multiplier and bonus cleverly. Moreover, you can use power-ups.

Power-up System

On the bottom of screen, there are 4 slots for power-ups:

Block your opponent’s screen, show him/her a big face on the screen that he/she has to keep tapping/swiping to remove it.

Reduce opponent’s score by 10

Add 20 to your score

Clear out your current game board and refill with random letters. Useful when you get stuck finding words.

How to collect power-up?

There are 3 ways to gather power-ups in game:

  • When you remove a letter with a power-up on it, you get that power-up.
  • When you make a 6-letter word, you are assigned a random power-up.
  • When you make a 7 and up-letter word, you are assigned 2 random power-ups.

Note that game assigns power-up regardless of your current power-ups. For example, if you already have a +20 score power-up, and the game gives you another, you will still have one of this power-up (the new one overrides the old one). Power-ups do not stack.

How to use power-ups?

Simply tap the power-up on the bottom bar.

How does game generate power-ups?

There are 3 ways for game to generate power-ups:

  • When you make a 5-letter word, a letter in the word will be put on a random power-up.
  • When you make a 6 and up-letter word, 2 letters in the word will be put on random power-ups.
  • Whenever you remove a correct word, you have a small chance that the game will generate a power-up and put it on a letter.

 

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