WordSquared is a game that is a lot like Scrabble. However it is a multi-player online game with an infinitely growing board size. Users start to make words in a certain area. They are then locked to that chain and need to keep inputting words using the tiles that they are dealt. Meanwhile, many players are online doing this same thing, and growing this large tapestry of interconnected words. Players can block one another or play common words so they cannot be played again. While this is happening there is a map that looks like a fast moving Etch-a-Sketch since it is a bunch of growing lines which show one where the action is at. All in all this game helps strengthen someone's vocabulary and heighten their brain power.
WordSquared is an application that is supported by a Seattle, Washington company called MassivelyFun. MassivelyFun is a small team who is looking to expand their product offering. At this time they are backed by funds from angel investors. WordSquared was initially called Scrabb.ly.
The mapping of the WordSquared world really makes it seem like a living, breathing organism that is constantly growing and changing. Being apart of that map is really the most interesting thing about this game. Beyond that, WordSquared is very addictive, while it is also a workout for the brain. In this regard, WordSquared is a more intellectual diversion than many of the other online games out there. Also the fact that it is a multi-player game, makes it interactive and even that much more interesting.
Learning the game can take some time as it isn't entirely intuitive. There are some tutorials that the site walks the user through upon registration, but really who pays much attention to those? At first move, users can build a word anywhere on the board using the existing lay out and seven tiles that they have been given. From that point, users need to build off of their own words- which is easier said than done! Scoring is similar to Scrabble, so for alumni of that old board game there will be some commonalities between WordSquared and Scrabble. Once fluent in the game, users may become addicted to it, as it is very entertaining while it is challenging.
Registering for WordSquared is very easy. Users can link their Twitter or Facebook account, or simply provide the application their email address and setup a username in order to start playing. From there they are guided through a tutorial of how to play WordSquared and then they can jump right into playing.
WordSquared is offered by MassivelyFun for free. They are backed by angel investments, and there are no plans at this time to charge users for playing this game.
Anyone looking for a distraction that isn't completely mind-numbing is encouraged to take a peak at WordSquared. It is an interactive and exciting game which can stretch the mind and burn stress. It is fun, and the only downside really is that it can be quite addicting.