Jawfish Words Review

Jawfish Words Review

Jul 17, 2013

Jawfish Words is a speedy word-based offering from Jawfish Games that uses the need for speed and random competition as the main foils.

Calling the gameplay “fast” is an understatement. It’s easy enough to dive right into, but boy… it flies. First, I got to pick a room to play in. There were several, offering match-ups between players in groups of two all the way to sixteen.Counters show the progress of the room filling up, and when the room is filled, the screen moves to prep the players therein for play.words5

After all the competition is set, the screen flips to allow selection of boosts, as well as a list of game-centric goals. The boosts are power-ups that help increase the points output in the round; things like the ability to flip the board and change perspective and a five second head start. Above this selection area are the goals… like finding tive-letter words or finding words ending with a particular letter. After this selection, the battle begins.

The letters are set in a square grid in 5×5 tiles reminiscent of Scrabble playing pieces. Each has a score value assigned. Starting at “GO!” the job is to find as many 3+-letter words as possible by tracing through adjacent tiles. Each word created scores points, and it is all done against a countdown clock. Good words are shown accepted by a green line, and gibberish earns red. Diagonals and longer words are clearly valuable, as are game-defined “rare words.”

At the end of the countdown timer, the game lists out relative positioning with regards specific data points, like aforementioned rare words and first finds. It then spits out an overall position in the field, and offers experience points.

The first boost is free; subsequent ones cost five tokens each (up to three total). Good finishes do seem to preclude any need to use the in-amp purchasing to supplement tokens, which is a huge plus.

Even though it was straightforward, and there is a good deal of info for newbies, I would have liked a more dynamic tutorial. Also, a more animated tally of scoring would be welcome; maybe even an interactive score board showing relative scores.

All in all, I love this game. It’s fun, it works the brain, and is quick to the point.

Friday Free Game Rundown November 16th

Friday Free Game Rundown November 16th

Nov 16, 2012

Even though there is a spell check on just about everything, it is still important to know how to spell words and have a good vocabulary. While spelling games might not be as fun as shooting and running and driving games, they are great for teaching the basic skills of spelling.

Miss Spell’s Class

Miss Spell’s Class is a game made by dictionary.com. The game uses the most commonly misspelled words in English language as a spelling game. This time based game increases the accuracy of both reading and spelling by quickly needing to determine if the 20 words listed are spelled correctly or not. The game consists of 10,000 American English words.

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Spelling Space – 3rd Grade

Spelling Space is a series of games was spelling words based on elementary school grade level. The one here is for the third-grade level. Spelling Space – 3rd Grade has 480 words spell at a third-grade level. Earn an asteroid for each correctly spell the word and use those asteroids to destroy ships. What is great about this game is that it’s actually a game. It’s not all about spelling. Spelling is the tool needed to get ammunition, but it’s not 100% just a word game.

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Spelling Fun 3 Free

Spelling Fun 3 Free is a game for much younger children. The basis of this game is to teach the alphabet and spelling a very basic words. The game teaches spelling through a combination of letters and pictures to make it easier for the toddler to associate words with what actually spell. To make it easier for this level, all of the letters needed to spell what the picture shows are on the screen. It’s up to the toddler to pick up the correct letters in the correct order.

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Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee has the widest range of words for spellers at all levels. The game consists of simpler words for elementary age spellers all the way up to national spelling bee level words. To help with the spelling, there are audio pronunciations of the words. The results of the bee can be recorded and pulled up later for reference and comparison to see if there’s any improvement after time. As skill levels progress, the length and difficulty of the words can be easily increased.

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Spell Me Right: Word Scramble

Spell Me Right: Word Scramble is another style of spelling game. This one is more of a word jumble. There is a question asked and an answer to the question is scrambled up in the letters shown on the screen. To pass the level, the word needs to be spelled out correctly within the allotted time. If the question is too difficult, a hint is available but like most games using the hint will decrease the score once the answers guest.

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