Hello. My name is L and I'm a word-game-aholic. It's true. Ever since I discovered Scrabble back in grammar school, I've been in love with games that involve spelling (not crosswords, which I detest, probably because I'm just not clever enough to figure them out). It's been my experience that most word games fall into one of four categories:
- Scrabble – Find as many words as possible from the letters
given to you. Then place them on the board, connecting to your
opponent's, to maximize the points you'll earn.
- Boggle – Discover as many words as possible, in within a
- Word Search – Find the words hidden on lettered grid.
- Hang Man – Guess the word by eliminating letters.
I've tried most of the free word games listed in Google's Play Store, depending on how many permissions they ask me to approve (for more on why that's critical, read this article I wrote for the website savvygeekmom.com: http://savvygeekmom.com/2013/12/is-installing-that-app-compromising-your-privacy. Here are my reviews of some of my favorites and former favorites:
What a great game!
- 7 Little Words: My husband told me about this game
where you find the seven words based on clues. It's a nice,
relaxing little challenge because there's no time limit and no
penalty for incorrect guesses. Unfortunately, it crashed just
before I reached the last level. I really, really hate that.
- Pressed For Words: This is an anagram game where you
try to spell as many three, four, five and six letter words with the
six given. I like the fact that you can see what you've already
- Words With Friends: Sure, playing this Scrabble-like
game against your friends is oodles of fun, but like most Zynga
games (Hanging With Friends was another favorite), it eventually
crashed on my Samsung. Yes, I did report it and received no
response from Zynga. No wonder they're laying people off.
(Interestingly enough, according to usatoday.com, Zynga has been
replaced as the number one maker of games played on Facebook by
king.com whose apps also historically crash on my cellphone.)
- Word Drop: This game is a curious, enjoyable take on
Boggle. The letters keep falling from the top of the screen and
you've got to find as many as possible before they build up. The
graphics are wonderful and it's got a nice leaderboard.
Lost Words - Gotta give this one another go.
- Bonus Wordz: Another newbie to my Samsung, it's a
Boggle-like game with really cool twist where you get bonus points
for using color patterns. I just started playing so I haven't made
any of the leaderboards (it would be really nice if you could see
beyond the top 100 players), but I will!
- Words By Post: My favorite alternative to Scrabble
and Words With Friends, this -known game has all the charm of those
other two games without the intrusive permissions required by the
others. Love it and the developers are responsive when you have a
The BEST Scrabble clone ever!
And now my FAVORITE new website which I'm finding very helpful for helping me find new words: wordhippo.com (www.wordhippo.com). Man, what doesn't this site have?! You can look up word meanings, find opposites, discover rhyming words, see examples of words in sentences, find translations, see different tenses for words, hear their pronunciations, and more. The site is very clean looking and easy to navigate. It's a great reference tool that I find myself using every day.
Do you have any word games that you adore? PLEASE share them with me. I love playing new games and learning new words.
Thank you for reading! Please come back again soon. Hopefully, the groundhog will predict an early Spring on Sunday and I won't have to eat him...(kidding, kidding...) Have a great weekend!