WordamentTM is a unique kind of word game—a word tournament—where you are competing with the whole internet to be the best word searcher in every game. Every player is competing on the same board, in real time, to get the highest score. Will you be the Wordament champion?
Be the player that finishes with the highest score in a 2:00 game of word search by finding as many high scoring words as you can. Score points by creating words from a 4×4 board of letters and your final score is tallied by adding together the sum of your individual word scores.
Playing the game
At the beginning of each round, you will be presented with a board consisting of 16 tiles (4×4), each containing either a single (e.g. “A”) or double letter (e.g. “Qu”). Each letter is assigned a point value ranging from 1 – 10. Start searching the board for words in the puzzle. A word consists of any connected sequence of letters, in any direction, but you may not use a single tile more than once for a single word.
To add a word to your word list, touch the first tile of the word and proceed to drag your finger across the board touching each connected tile, one at a time, spelling out a word. When you have completed a word, lift your finger off the last tile. As you pass over each tile it will highlight and you will see the word you are building shown above the game board. When you lift your finger, the word will turn green (a correct word), yellow (an already found word), or red (not a legal word). If the word is new and correct, your word count and score will automatically update. Keep collecting words as fast as you can until the clock runs out. Creating longer words and using higher value tiles will result in higher scores.
Examples of play
Words may be collected by placing your finger on any letter that starts a word and then dragging to each adjacent letter until you’ve completed the word. For examples of legal plays, consider the following sample board:
First, consider the legal word S-P-E-D, along the left side. You would put your finger on the S, followed by dragging down through the P, E, and D, and then lifting your finger. SPED is a common word and worth 14 points.
Next, let’s find the word P-L-A-Qu-E, which is worth 46 points:
Now, let’s look at a couple of illegal plays. The first is the word A-Qu-A, which is shown below:
You cannot reuse any tiles in a single word. In the case above, the player attempted to select A, drag to Qu, and then drag back to A. What actually happens in this case is that the Qu becomes unselected, because we assume you are trying to “undo” your move by reverting to an earlier letter in the word.
Last, let’s consider the word D-I-M-E. It cannot be created in the board, even though there are two ways to imagine how you could:
The first way is to imagine “wrapping around the board,” by moving diagonally up and to the left from the D. This would get you over to the I, and then you could trace out the M and E. Wrap around is not legal.
The other way is to imagine lifting your finger off the screen and putting it back down on the I, then tracing out the M and E. This is also illegal. All plays must be made in one continuous gesture by touching only adjacent tiles.
For fun, try finding these words in the puzzle above:
•A-L-I-E-N (30 points)
•A-N-E-M-I-C (40 points)
•E-Qu-A-L (24 points)
•M-E-A-L-I-E (32 points)
•S-Qu-E-A-L (38 points)
•P-L-A-Qu-E-S (52 points and the highest scoring word)
Although each round of Wordament lasts 2:45, the actual word search portion is two minutes. The remaining time is dedicated to showing your individual results following by the rankings for everyone that participated in a given game.
Sometimes, you will notice that when you start you first game in a session, you will start with less than two minutes. What happened? Wordament is an always on, 24×7, game where every player gets the same board at the same time world-wide. Because of this, it is possible to enter a game that’s already in progress. When you do, you will have at least 20 seconds to “warm up” and practice before your first full game begins. Don’t fret about getting a low score in practice games. You didn’t get the full two minutes.
Tiles and words
Wordament has 26 tiles, one for each letter of the alphabet, except that Q is given as Qu. This increases the likelihood of being able to create more than one word with a Q, although it comes at the consequence of not allowing you to create “Q without U” words, like QAT, QAID, or TRANQ.
Words must be at least three letters long, not three tiles. This means that word Qu-A (composed of the two tiles Qu and A) is a legal word. One and two letter words are not acceptable.
Words in the game have been checked for legitimacy across a variety of English dictionaries and no words are illegal. If you can find the word on the board—and it’s a real word—you will receive points for it.
Like other popular word games, Wordament does not allow abbreviations (e.g., USB or HDMI), internet shorthand (e.g. BTW, FWIW, IMHO), or proper nouns (e.g. capitalized words, brand names, or people and pet names).
If you think we are missing words, please let us know and we will consider inclusion of the word. Please give us feedback and be sure to tell us the word, the meaning, and how you learned about it. We love getting constructive feedback.
Your final score consists of the sum of your individual word scores during play. Each word is scored in two parts: the value of the individual tiles used and a word length multiplier. When you collect a word, the game adds up the value of each tile. Then, that score is multiplied by a word length bonus as follows:
- Words with 4 or 5 tiles are worth one-and-a-half more
- Words with 6 or 7 tiles are worth double
- Words with 8 or more tiles are worth triple
Individual results and leader board
At the end of each round there are about 30 seconds of time before the next round begins. During this time, we show you your individual results, followed by the top 250 players’ results for that round.
In the individual results, we show you all of the words you found and all of the words you didn’t, along with the scores for words you didn’t find. Use you time between games to look for and learn new words to make yourself even better for the next round!
If you tap on a word in either the found or missed sections of the word list, it will highlight both in the list as well as on a small version of the game board. This can be useful to see how individual words can be hidden on the board.
In the final ten seconds before the next round begins, you will be shown the leader board. This is a list of the top 250 results from the last game. If you are in the list, congratulations! Your name will be highlighted to make it easier to find yourself.
- For highest scores, look for words with high value tiles and long words first.
- The Qu tile counts as two letters, making it easier to make long words, meaning a higher bonus multiplier.
- Every tile on the board is possible to use in at least one word.
Singular and plural versions, as well as different tenses, prefixes, and suffixes of the same word each count as independent words, so rack up word variants, when possible (e.g., JUMP, JUMPS, and JUMPED are each considered unique).
- Heteronyms–words spelled the same but with different meanings or pronunciations (e.g., BASS the fish vs. BASS the instrument)–are only counted once.
- Every game board has at least 45 common English words and as many as 200 total words, included rare, obscure, or slang words.
- Guessing is penalized with a one second delay in accepting new words. A guess is defined as attempting to enter multiple incorrect words in a row.
Cheating in Wordament is pretty easy with the help of a word game puzzle solver. Please don’t cheat. It’s neither interesting nor fun to have cheaters around. If we find cheaters that are abusing the game, we reserve the option to take corrective action. Please enjoy the game and play honestly. Thanks.
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