Welcome to WordWiggle
A game that tests your vocabulary and spelling skills.
The object of the game is to find as many words as you can in the given block of
letters within the time limit. The letters of the word must be connected (either
vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) and each letter can only be used once
in any given word. Only valid words shall count towards your score.
There are various options that you can set to select the size of the game board,
the minimum acceptable word size, the amount of time you have to look for words,
and the play mode (Normal or Tournament).
There is a multi-player tournament system that is available to registered users.
This allows you to set up competitions between your friends or with any other
registered WordWiggle user. To register, just click on the "Login" button.
Registered users also get a few extra benefits when running in "practice" mode.
This includes asking the computer to show you all of the possible words in a
puzzle you just completed and to tell you the definitions of the words when you
click on them. (Most words have some definition on line)
Your words need to be valid words and they must contain letters that are
connected either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. Each letter can
only be used once in a word. The letter Q will automatically
include the letter U. (Currently you can not use a Q
without the U)
In the example to the left, there are a number of words that can be found. For
example, along the left edge, there is the word pet.
A bit more complex is the word cat.
A longer word that scores rather nicely is secret.
You can do both the singular and plural forms such as crate
and crates; you
will get credit for both words if you enter both of them. In this 3x3
board, the computer found 427 points in 179 different
words that are 3 or more letters long.
If you want to see where the words are, just put the mouse
over the word.
WordWiggle uses a dictionary based on the ENABLE
(Enhanced North American Benchmark LExicon)
word list. This word list contains over 173,000 entries and has been
researched extensively. It is considered to be one of the best (if not the
best) word lists available for word games that require non-proper name words.
WordWiggle will validate words you enter against this word list. WordWiggle's definitions, however, are not as complete.
They come from various sources and, at times, are not the definition that was used
to authorize the word for inclusion in the dictionary. I am working on fixing the
definitions as I get the time to do so, but there are so many to do.
Each valid word found gives you points based on how long the word is. The
longer the word, the higher the score. The table to the right shows the
scoring. As you can see, longer words get progressively higher scores.
(The scoring is an arithmetic progression)
Thus, it may be best to spend your time looking for longer words whenever
|Size|| ||Score||Size|| ||Score|
|2|| ||1 || ||9|| ||21|
|3|| ||1 || ||10|| ||34|
|4|| ||2 || ||11|| ||55|
|5|| ||3 || ||12|| ||89|
|6|| ||5 || ||13|| ||144|
|7|| ||8 || ||14|| ||233|
|8|| ||13 || ||15|| ||377|
Tournament mode is played exactly like the normal mode but with the addition
that any invalid words you select will be scored against you rather than just
invalidated. This makes it that much more important that you actually know
the word is valid since if it is not, your score will be penalized.
Registered users can join public WordWiggle tournaments. Registered users
may also create new public or private tournaments. You can not join a
private tournament as they are "invitation only" at the time the tournament is
created. The tournament manager (the user who created the tournament)
invites others to play in the tournament by entering the EMail addresses of
those he wishes to invite. WordWiggle will then send an invite to all
members of the tournament.
When a Tournament duration runs out, the system will notify the participants of
that fact and close the Tournament. Results can only be viewed in closed
tournaments. Results are kept on the server until the user who created the
tournament deletes it. Each user is limited to a certain number of
tournaments in the system. When the limit is reached, the user must delete
a tournament before a new tournament can be created.
WordWiggle does not use the EMail addresses you give for anything other than
WordWiggle tournament announcements, tournament results, and as your login name.
WordWiggle.com does not support SPAM in any way and works to prevent it.
As such, the EMail address is only shown to the user who logged in with that
address and in the EMail that is sent about the tournaments.
There is a WordWiggle
Fan Club message board that was started by some WordWiggle users. In
it users talk about how to score better, find words faster, and the various
tricks and techniques they have developed playing WordWiggle.
Navigation and Usage Hints
Clicking on the WordWiggle logo returns you to the WordWiggle main page
Clicking on the clock during game play ends the time right away.
Once you start a game you can not un-start it. There is no "undo" within a
You must include all players of a private tournament at the time of creation.
You can not add players to a private tournament after it has been created.
This version of MKSoft
WordWiggle is a HTTP/Web based implementation of a game I did on the
Amiga computer system.
This version does not resemble the Amiga
version in any way other than the basic concept and rules. Most of the
differences are due to the HTML/browser platform, server/client nature of HTTP/HTML,
and the capabilities of the backend computers (SQL databases, etc). What a
difference just 15 years can bring.
The Amiga version was
never publicly released due to time constraints to get it ready. There was
much more important work to be done on the Amiga OS development side of things.
Before the Amiga version,
a much less capable version of WordWiggle was done on a little known, not quite
IBM-PC compatible 8086 based computer. It had a very small dictionary and the
computer was so slow that a human could actually beat it. It also had no
real user interface - you just typed in the words and hoped you got it right.
Over 20 years in the computer technology field has made for some rather
significant changes. Oh what fun it has been!
WordWiggle has been tested and seems to work correctly with
Konqueror (Linux & FreeBSD),
Netscape 6+ (various),
IE4+ (Windows & Mac).
There are others based on the web server logs but I have not personally tested
them. If you have problems, please let the makers of your browser know as
They are temporary values used to track your login and game progress.
There is no user identifying infromation in any of the cookies. (Note:
Keyboard input does not work in some browsers due to browser limitations.)
This means that if you are using older Netscape 1.x-4.x or IE 1.x-3.x browsers,
I now have a Palm version of WordWiggle that
uses a dictionary file that can be gotten from this web site.
The Palm version currently only supports playing practice games. I am hoping to
get the time to add support for connecting to WordWiggle.com to play tournaments
with your Palm device.
All the words in the example
In the example at right, 179 words of 3 or more letters were found for a total
of 427 points. Can you find them?
Below are the words that were found...
NOTE - Just move your mouse over each word and the squares
should be displayed for you.