Boggle is a word game using letters distributed across a grid of NxN dice. The grid could be 4x4, 5x5 or 6x6. Each dice in the grid shows 1 letter, but sometimes 2 letters or a blank in the 6x6 variant. A new combination is obtained by shaking the Boggle casing with all the dice inside. Then, a new game is started by simultaneously lifting the cover and flipping the sand timer.
The goal of the game is to find as many words as possible within the time frame of usually 3 minutes. A word is formed starting from one dice and moving to the next adjacent dice in horizontal, vertical or diagonal direction. No dice should be used more than once in creating one word. Words must also meet a pre-agreed minimum length of 3 or more letters.
When the timer expires, score is determined by counting the points earned by each word corresponding to its length. Words are valid if they are found in the dictionary and the letters are connected. In the traditional scoring, players alternately declare their found words. A word will be canceled if it is also listed by anyone of the other player/s. The player with the highest score wins!
eWord Challenge is an online reboot of Boggle word game available in English, Spanish, Filipino and French. Featured here are the three Boggle variants popular in the 70's and 80's: (a) 4x4 Classic Boggle, (b) 5x5 Big Boggle (aka Word Factory), and (c) 6x6 Super Big Boggle — now playable on your desktop, tablet or smartphone's web browser.
No download is needed to start playing online Boggle game. No email address or personal information is asked to sign up for a player account — only a PIN code. Playing as guest is allowed with full access to all features except the saving of preferred settings and Elo rating. No third-party plugins are required thus loading is fast even with mobile devices.
Dice of the 4x4 board can be configured based on the "original" Boggle version of 1972 or on the "modern" letter distribution that is optimized to yield the most number of possible words. With the old setup, words are harder to discover — the one loved by the experts. Dice matrices in the 5x5 and 6x6 boards always follow the optimized versions. A random combination is generated in every new round of play.
There are several settings that can be configured to suit different skill levels. Players can choose their preferred board size, time limit, word length, scoring method, dictionary size, etc. The default Dictionary is American (US) with option to include other English dialects such as British (GB), Canadian (CA) and/or Australian (AU) based on the word lists compiled by SCOWL (And Friends).
A "blank" tile is featured in 6x6 Super Big Boggle board and it can be defined as a word stopper or as any letter. The former makes the blank unusable (disabled) while in the latter setup, the blank behaves like the one in Scrabble. Players need to be more imaginative to figure out the "invisible" letter.
"Play solo" mode is available and it is equipped with search to show all possible words from SCOWL Size 70 dictionary. A "don't disturb" button is provided to allow/restrict invites. Multiplayer sessions could be free-for-all singles or by teams. Any player can act as "Host" to create a new session (room) and the rest may join as "Challengers". Closed sessions could be made exclusive with a private code or minimum Elo allowed.
The scoring adheres to the traditional Boggle point system according to word length but implements right-minus-wrong rule to penalize adventurous players. Options for this setting are "Cancel if common", "Count all words" (no cancel) and "Score shared by finders" (including deduction). Abbreviations, acronyms and contractions are accepted but given no score.
Players are ranked using the Elo rating system. Bonus Elo will be awarded every round with respect to position (up to 10th) except the bottom. Playing solo will also earn some Elo if score is at least 5 pts. The Top 100 Players (active in last 6 months) and Top 10 Gainers (played last 24 hours) are updated in real-time.
Playing Boggle is a good way to test spelling skills and sharpen the brain. This word game is suitable even for kids ages 8 and up. It's filled with fun and thrills with results that are very unpredictable. Having the most words does not guarantee a win. At times, those with fewer words may snatch the win with long or unique finds.
It takes focus, good memory and diligence to stay competitive! Remember the rules of past and present tenses, plural forms, comparatives and superlatives to create more words by simply adding ED, S/(I)ES or (I)ER/(I)EST.
Rescan the board and dig deeper for these patterns: *IST(S), *TION(S), *ING(S), *ER(S), *IER(S), *TTER(S), DIS* and RE*. Make use of the rotate button. Review your words once in a while to save points from deductions due to careless (typo) misspelling.
If you think there are no more words left, think again. At the end of the round, review your mistakes and confirm doubtful spelling. Expand your perspective by taking a glance on the winning words of others.