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Dropwords is a word-finding puzzle that combines some elements of Scrabble and Boggle. The game is played on a square board of letter tiles; you can form words from any adjoining letters, including diagonals. The game is played against the clock.

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When selecting a word, the letters can be chosen in one of two ways. Firstly, you can drag a path across the board.

(The word is automatically submitted at the end of the drag.)

Alternatively, you can click individual letters in sequence; submit the finished word by clicking the 'Submit Word' button in the control bar at the bottom of the screen.dropwords_howto_submit_word

Whether you drag the whole word or click individual letters, you can return to a previously selected letter to truncate your selected word at that point (if you accidentally select an incorrect letter or find a better word part-way through your move). Returning to the first letter leaves just that one selected, and giving it another click will deselect that letter too.

If you find yourself a bit stuck, you have a couple of options.

Shuffling the board removes a random letter from each column of the board and drops it back at the top of the same column.


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If things are a bit more serious, there is also an option to discard.

Discarding clears the board, getting you a completely fresh set of letters.

Scoring

Your current score is shown at the top right of the screen, and your remaining time appears as a bar on the top left. Submitting a valid word gives both score and a bonus to your remaining time, depending on the letters used and the word length (and possibly other factors, depending on the game mode you are playing). Words may be between 2 and 8 letters long.

In 'Normal' mode, score and time bonuses are bigger for longer words...the following multipliers are used:
 Word Length    Score Multiplier 
 2, 3    x1 
 4    x1.5
 5    x2
 6    x3
 7    x5
 8    x10

Note: 'Qu' tiles count as a single letter for scoring purposes.

Submitting a valid 4-letter word gives you a combo multipler bonus at a random location on the board for the next turn.

Using the letter at the combo multipler's location in your next word means you get a new one. Using the combo gives an extra score and time bonus (irrespective of word length); combo multiplers start at x2, and build up to x5 on each successive word.

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If you don't use the combo multiplier, it is lost (until you get a new one with your next 4-letter word). Note that using the 'Discard' option discards any combo multiplier along with all the board's letter tiles.

The game provides three dictionaries:

DictionaryDescription 
ScrabbleContains all the 2-to-8-letter words from the SOWPODS list of Scrabble words. This amounts to 114575 words, including both US and UK spellings. Because this is a Scrabble dictionary, proper nouns like 'June' or 'Rome' are not included. Plurals are included.
Webster'sBased on the Webster's New International Dictionary, 2nd Edition, this contains 87419 2-to-8-letter words. Includes some proper nouns, but not plurals or Scrabble-specific words (such as my own favourite, 'QI'!). I have added certain words that seemed to be missing in error: BOX, HAS, KID, NEAR, FAVA, HID, PAID.
Both!The combination of the Scrabble and Webster's dictionaries, comprising 153136 words. This is the dictionary used by default.

Game Modes

 
A mode with no time restriction, perfect for kids or for stress-free word searching!
ModeDescription
NormalThe standard game which gives the player a generous amount of starting time, with the game difficulty increasing with time in a gentle progression. Scores and time bonuses ramp up sharply with word length.
HardLike normal mode, but with less starting time and a steeper difficulty progression.
RelaxLike normal mode, but with more starting time and a slower difficulty progression, for people who feel like a longer game.
UntimedA mode with no time restriction, perfect for kids or for stress-free word searching!
LightningQuick-fire mode where the player has very little time; this mode focuses more on coming up with words quickly than with finding long words.
BlockerA mode where an increasing number of locations on the board are blocked (and unavailable); the blockers move to new random locations each time the player submits a valid word.