Word Drop is a free online single player word game which is similar to Tetris but you use letters to make words instead of blocks to make rows. You have to try and score as many points as you can by dropping letters into the play area to make words horizontally or vertically.
To start a new game, click on the 'New Game' button on the left.
You will be given a letter at the top of the play area, use the keyboard to move the letter to where you want it to go and then drop it into the game area. The controls are:
Left Arrow = Move letter left to the next column
Right Arrow = Move letter right to the next column
Down Arrow = Drop letter
Words can be either horizontal or vertical and must be a minimum of 5 letters long. Diagonal words are not allowed. Horizontal words must read from left-to-right, backwards words are not allowed. Vertical words must read from top-to-bottom, upside-down words are not allowed. When a word is found, the letters in that word disappear and any letters above will drop down.
The maximum word length in this game is 8 letters. There are some word lists that you might find useful here and the dictionary used in this game can be found here if you want to check if a word is valid before you drop a letter into the play area.
The letters have different values with the harder to use letters being worth more. Look on the left to see how much a letter is worth. You can get bonus points for making longer words, see the top right corner of the game window for the bonuses. For example, if you make an 8 letter word that has letter values totalling 10 points then the value of that word is multiplied by 10 to score 100 points. If you make a long word like STRAINED, then you also score points for smaller words inside that word like STRAIN, TRAINED, TRAIN and RAINED.
You can get bonus points for setting up a chain reaction but this won't happen very often unless you deliberately try for it. A chain reaction happens when you drop a letter and it makes a word, then when the letters from that word disappear, the letters above then drop down to form another word. You score 20 bonus points if this happens. If this then causes further chain reactions on that drop then you score a further 20 bonus points each time.
There are some statistics on the right of the game window that tell you how many words you have found, how many of each length of word you have found, your highest scoring word, your highest scoring drop and your overall score.
Your game is over when you try dropping a letter into an already full column.
332 is my best score and 31 is the most words I've found in a game. See if you can try and beat those!
If you liked this game then you might like to try my Word Balancer game as well. It is similar but with the added twist that it is played on a seesaw where you have to try not to let the seesaw's angle go too high or low.
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