Today we are unveiling the 2013 Hall of Fame results on Wordament.com. This contains the top 250 players in each puzzle language from April – December 2013. Why April? Well, our app originally shipped as an indie game on April 1, 2011. We published our first Hall of Fame at the one-year mark for our app, and it summarized all of our top players way back before we had either Xbox or Facebook sign-in. On April 28th, 2012, we shipped the first version of Microsoft Wordament on Windows Phones, and then released the 2012 Hall of Fame in April of 2013 (one year later). As we’ve grown up, we have moved into better and better cadences of doing things. This year, we reset our leaderboards on the year, just as we said we would, back in April.
Looking back, 2013 was a great year for Wordament and a great year for our team. We shipped either new support for, or significantly updated releases for, every single platform: Windows Phone 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android, Kindle, and Windows 8.1. We also added more puzzle languages–in fact we now have more languages than any other mainstream 4×4 word finding game! But enough about us… what about you? This was an amazing year for our Wordamentalists. We saw whole new feats of amazing, in fact: DiscoPidgeon was dethroned as #1 in the Most Words in a single round category, which now belongs to LyndseyBrowning with 192 words in a single game. Don’t believe it? Here’s a round where she gets 165. DiscoPidgeon remained a #1 Wordament champ, though, in the High Score in a single game with 2,754 points. And, in the Total Score category? The amazing Singlefished — who we recognize as our newest Wordament Champion.
He had let us know that he had a specific goal to end 2013 with, but we laughed out loud when we saw it: He finished the year with exactly 23,500,000 points. He obviously carefully planned that, and we applaud it. So much so, that we reached out to him and asked if he would share some tips on being a great Wordament player. Here’s what he said:
- Take some time and get to know the higher scoring letters (G, P, K, Y, Z, X, etc). Focus on building words that include these higher scoring letters before moving onto another strategy. It doesn’t take long before these letters really stand out and it becomes second nature to focus on them.
- Look for letter combinations that you can also build words with (ER, CK, ING, etc). My favourite combination is CK, especially when it pops up in a digram! “Snickering” is a word I always seem to find (CK, ER and ING multi combo!) and will always be one of the top scoring words on any board it appears on.
- After a THEME round use your 17 seconds to learn and remember the top scoring theme words. You will be surprised how often they pop up and they end up being easy points once you’ve memorised them. In the vast majority of these theme rounds (when I recognise the theme words), the large scoring theme words will be the first words I swipe before looking for anything else.
- Remember that multiple dictionaries are used to generate the boards so both “American English” and “British English” can be found on the same board, for example color/colour, check/cheque, defense/defence
- Practice, practice, practice….. You’ve heard it before but it’s true!!! When I compare my “ALL TIME” average to my current “THIS MONTH” average I notice an improvement of about 300 points / 20 words! This difference in points/words isn’t because I suddenly got smarter or swallowed a dictionary, it’s purely down to the fact that I’ve had lots of practice (~55K full games completed) and finding words now is a whole lot easier than it used to be.
- … and finally, always remember, “The harder you try, the luckier you get!”
Thank Singlefished! Those are really great tips… and you are an amazing Wordament champion.
Lastly, we wanted to close by saying that while we are really proud of 2013, we are not standing still. Our team is moving at an ever faster pace and the future is really exciting. We have some great things in store during 2014! This year’s Wordament competition is brand new and still anyone’s to win. Thanks for reading and for swiping those tiles!
P.S. Can’t find the Hall of Fame? It’s on the navigation bar up top. Click on Hall of Fame | 2013 | and select a language.