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I'm losing my soul to an online game called BookWorm.
October 1, 2002 10:25 AM   Subscribe

I'm losing my soul to an online game called BookWorm. Better than bejeweled. More addictive, too. No read now! PLAY!
posted by crunchland (38 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
An interesting take on Boggle. Very similar to a Mac OS X game: Nomia.
posted by aladfar at 10:42 AM on October 1, 2002


The game is a neat idea, but gets painfully dull after about 5 or 10 minutes. There's just no fear of losing, and therefore no sense of accomplishment if you do anything right. You just take as long as you want, and end up clicking random combinations hoping that tret is a word.

All the cool kids play atomic poker, anyway.
posted by Gary at 10:46 AM on October 1, 2002


You have a short attention span, Gary. You lose if you allow a red cube to migrate down to the bottom.
posted by crunchland at 10:49 AM on October 1, 2002


Do you think there will be a Dutch version 'soon'? This is a game I could play for hours. Very addictive.
posted by ginz at 10:53 AM on October 1, 2002


All the cool kids play atomic poker, anyway.

Humans: cool kids/cool people: Bookworm is for cool people

*eg*
posted by ginz at 10:59 AM on October 1, 2002


PopCap is the mind control center of the western world.
posted by jennyb at 10:59 AM on October 1, 2002


Ooh, I love this. Reminds me of my bitch about Scrabble...we used to play the PC version against a friend in California, but then the game company refused to do a version for NT. Way not to keep up with the times.
posted by GaelFC at 11:10 AM on October 1, 2002


PopCap owns my free time.

I think a two player version of this game could work (ie. Super Bust-a-Move style)
posted by Fstop at 11:41 AM on October 1, 2002


no fear of losing

You wait till you've got three colums of consonants, and a burning Z.

I think a two player version of this game could work

One of the designers here reckons he's played one (although he couldn't remember the name).
posted by inpHilltr8r at 11:43 AM on October 1, 2002


There's a similar game (Toss Words?) on Shockwave.com...but I think I like this one better.
posted by oissubke at 11:44 AM on October 1, 2002


PopCap make some fun and nice-looking games. I was in the thrall of Dynomite for awhile a few months ago. Just started playing Bookworm the other day and it's a time gobbler. My biggest quibble with it is that you can't spell nine-letter words! I could have had "bracketed" but ooooh no, I had to settle for "bracket". Feh.

GaelFC: If you're looking to play Scrabble online, check out Literati at Yahoo! Games. It's pretty much an exact clone.
posted by picea at 11:47 AM on October 1, 2002


You wait till you've got three columns of consonants, and a burning Z.

Then you just click on the worm and he re-scrambles everything for you at the cost of a couple more burning letters. I like the idea of the game. It just takes too long for the burning letters to matter.
posted by Gary at 11:54 AM on October 1, 2002


You got to look for the "assignment" words - keeps it interesting and tough to play. Still, it crashes after 7 letter words... but I've lost my soul too!
posted by cahmedy at 12:05 PM on October 1, 2002


surprisingly, it will also accept some no-no words that I wouldn't think it would. And I've been snagged on a couple unacceptable but perfectly valid 9-letter words, too.

And the lack of time-limit that Gary laments is actually a good thing. I can keep the same game going while I do actual work in other windows for a few minutes, and it's waiting for me like a faithful puppy... I wuv bookworm...
posted by crunchland at 12:10 PM on October 1, 2002


Boggle meets Tetris....

Very nice, Thanks
posted by Windopaene at 12:15 PM on October 1, 2002


I too have lost myself in Bookworm. Whoever is/are the genius(es) responsible for putting together Bejeweled and Boggle deserves a huge smooch from all of us!
posted by Lynsey at 12:16 PM on October 1, 2002


I got "WEBLOG" in my first round but BookWorm didn't want to give me points for it...
posted by MonkeyMeat at 12:37 PM on October 1, 2002


Reverb isnt a word either apparently
posted by Satapher at 12:48 PM on October 1, 2002


Oh, hell. Couldn't this wait until Friday? I just got over the spear thrower thingie!
posted by norm29 at 12:51 PM on October 1, 2002


crunchland, you owe me two hours of my life.
posted by uftheory at 12:58 PM on October 1, 2002


Come on....Goth Goths?
posted by MCBenC at 1:01 PM on October 1, 2002


Oh, damn. New Pop Cap. My week is ruined.
posted by shecky57 at 1:05 PM on October 1, 2002


Words I have since tried for the hell of it to no avail:

WEBLOG
META
FUCKWIT
ASSCLOWN
MUNG
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:17 PM on October 1, 2002


Great, but TextTwist is even better. I spend hours each day playing; also on my PDA
posted by ac at 3:29 PM on October 1, 2002


i was rather shocked that it would take "pee", but not "poo".

and it's really hard to shock someone with a vocabulary as adolescent as mine.

other than that, fun game, albeit a mite slow.
posted by fishfucker at 3:45 PM on October 1, 2002


I hate you and I want the last two hours back......
posted by MaddCutty at 4:20 PM on October 1, 2002


GaelFC: If you're looking to play Scrabble online, check out Literati at Yahoo! Games. It's pretty much an exact clone.


Or you can just play scrabble here.
posted by grumblebee at 4:55 PM on October 1, 2002


super-ironic disallowed word from Bookworm: "malinger"
posted by minnesotaj at 5:01 PM on October 1, 2002


140,960 .. best word 3240 .. first and last game
posted by stbalbach at 9:39 PM on October 1, 2002


Is there any rank higher than "MASTER LIBRARIAN"? I got that at 172,810 points (longest word GLAMOURS)... but I hear that at 200,000 points you are "ARCHIVIST." if this is true I've got a lot more time to kill.
posted by kevspace at 11:23 PM on October 1, 2002


It's the end of my work day here, so I'm probably brain dead...but how exactly would you use "glamours" in a sentence, kevspace?
posted by squasha at 1:17 AM on October 2, 2002


213,500 and yes it is archivist at 200,000.
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 1:51 AM on October 2, 2002


242230 points on my first go before I got really, really bored and tried to get as many fire tiles as possible - 10 or so. Highest scoring word was Dato with 3840, clicked by accident.. Hur. Takes faar to long though not a bad game..
posted by Mossy at 5:34 AM on October 2, 2002


I showed this game to my wife when the baseball game was on at 8:30pm. She finally ended up losing at 12:30am. Her final score was 400,560.
I'm not sure what level (the last one I saw her pass was 12th) or what title she achieved. She's hooked though, and can't wait to get home and play again tonight.

Thank you Crunchland, for guaranteeing me a chance to watch the baseball playoffs!
posted by grum@work at 6:59 AM on October 2, 2002


all in a day's work... (Do you want my Amazon wishlist here, or in a private email?)
posted by crunchland at 8:44 AM on October 2, 2002


557420 was just completed by a freakishly focused co-worker after a day and a half. Apparently this score ranks you as a Vocabulist. His best word, (fountain), scored him 24000 points.
posted by geekyguy at 4:53 PM on October 3, 2002


1,023,470. Rank: Lexographer. Getting the bonus words speeds things up a little, but they max out at 50k points.

I was hoping the score would flip over at a million, but no, the numbers just squeeze together tighter. Curiosity satisfied.
posted by Spiny Delicacy at 12:50 AM on October 4, 2002


It doesn't work properly for me in OS X. In IE, it seems to not accept most of the clicks for submitting words -- sometimes they work and other times it just deletes the letters and resets. And it crashes Mozilla instantly, so i can't try it there.

This is probably a good thing, as this could be a major time suck. Still, I'd like to try it...
posted by litlnemo at 1:22 AM on October 4, 2002


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